With Sophos Anti-Virus client for Mac version 9.6.2 a new app has appeared in the /Applications folder, namely "Remove Sophos Endpoint". This update was download from Sophos onto our on premise Sophos Management Server and is being distributed to our clients. Along with many Mac admins around the world I am amazed that Sophos have moved this app from the one that is usually found in the "/Library/Sophos Anti-Virus" folder into the main Applications folder, especially when it is listed alphabetically above the Sophos A-V client app. Deleting the app doesn't work as it reappears at the next update, unless there are no IDEs to download.
To get rid of the app I have had to create a LaunchDaemon which runs on changes to the /Applications folder and, if the Remove Sophos Endpoint app is there, deletes it.
I can, possibly, see the need to have a removal app for the Home product, but not for one that is distributed as part of an enterprise environment.
Please can Sophos either get rid of the Remove Sophos Endpoint app for enterprise distributions or give us the option to not have it installed?
Gary Ohlinger commented
I concur this was a stupid idea adding this to the Applications folder. This is an enterprise application designed of business and education. We do not want customers uninstalling their anti-virus software. Did no one ever question the wisdom of this? And the hoops one has to jump through to create a package populated with the settings for deployment. Maybe you should bring the jobs back to America where we can challenge stupid ideas from management.
Robert Sieber commented
This seems like a defect, not a feature. Clearly it's appropriate for the Free Home Product, but it's the furthest thing from appropriate for Enterprise Customers. It should be hidden under Library/Application Support.