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Install Sophos Central Intercept X (Windows)

In this article, we will show you how to install Sophos Central Intercept X on a Windows computer so that it is protected against encryption Trojans (ransomware) and zero-day exploits in the future.

Info: Sophos Intercept X is an addition to an existing virus scanner and can therefore easily be installed alongside a third-party antivirus, such as Symantec, Kaspersky, McAfee and Co. It is therefore not necessary to uninstall the existing virus protection.


  • Sophos Central Account
  • Admin rights on the computer
  • Internet connection

Install Sophos Intercept X

1. log in to the Sophos Central account

Log in to to log in to Sophos Central Admin.

2. download installer

Click on the menu item Protect Devices in the sidebar. In the Endpoint Protection section, you will find the complete Endpoint Installer called Download Complete Windows Installer. Since you do not want to install the whole package, but only Intercept X, click on Choose Components.... Make sure you have only checked Intercept X and then click Download Installer.

3. run installer

Next, you can start the Sophos Intercept X setup.

4. check installation

If the installation worked, the computer is now protected against ransomware and zero-day exploits and it will be listed in Sophos Central. To check this, you can click on the menu item Endpoint Protection in the sidebar and then select Computer.

Important: You must never simply delete computers in Sophos Central until the software has been uninstalled on that PC. The software is protected by Tamper Protection. To remove this protection, it is essential to link to Sophos Central.

5. assign license to correct user

If there is already a user in Sophos Central for this computer account where Intercept X was installed, you can now assign the license to this user. How to do that, you will learn in this tutorial.