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Protecting SharePoint from Viruses

General assumption that file-system anti-virus software also scans the SharePoint document libraries. Wrong! It will not detect viruses stored in document libraries so install an antivirus solution for SharePoint. SharePoint does include any type of antivirus protection, you must purchase this separately. This post discuss about available products and configuring the antivirus feature in SharePoint. SP2010

Some Antivirus Products for SharePoint

Forefront security for SharePoint 2010 – Very advanced antivirus solution for SharePoint.

DocAve Another outstanding antivirus solution for SharePoint.

Symantec Antivirus for Microsoft SharePoint – Popular antivirus solution for SharePoint 2007 that also supports SharePoint 2010.

Configuring the SharePoint Antivirus Feature

To see the configuration settings, Open SharePoint Central Administration and Click Security


then click Manage antivirus settings as shown below


Antivirus Settings – specify when the documents to be scanned and what to do with infected documents

  • scan document when upload
  • scan document when download
  • attempt to clean infected documents


AntiVirus Timeout – specify how long the virus scanner should run before timing out.Use this setting to control the load and performance hit on the server.

Antivirus  Threads – specify the number of execution threads that the antivirus engine may use.

The settings will not affect anything until you install an antivirus solution that is SharePoint integrated.

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Kalyan Bandarupalli

My name is kalyan, I am a software architect and builds the applications using Microsoft .NET technologies. Here I am trying to share what I feel and what I think with whoever comes along wandering to Internet home of mine.I hope that this page and its contents will speak for me and that is the reason I am not going to say anything specially about my self here.

1 Comment

  • Kalyan, thanks for sharing these anti virus options. Have you heard anything about Sophos for Microsoft SharePoint, I’ve heard some mixed reviews.

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