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Manually Update DAT Files

When a virus first appears, there can be a lag of several hours before your copy of Sophos can update itself automatically. To avoid this unprotected period, you can manually update your virus definition files.

Updating DAT files on a Windows System

  1. Right click on the Sophos shield icon in your system tray (near the date and time in the bottom right corner).
  2. Click 'Update Now'.

Updating DAT files on a Macintosh System

  1. Click the Sophos shield icon in the toolbar near the top right of your screen.
  2. Choose "Update now..."