skip to main contentskip to main menuskip to footer Universität Bielefeld Play

Bielefeld IT Service Center

Logo vom BITS mit dem Schriftzug: BITS
Fiber optic cable in a data center.
© Bielefeld University | BITS

Virus protection

The virus scanner Sophos Anti-Virus is available for free use to all university employees with an account. Use is permitted both privately (Home Premium) and for business (Endpoint Security).

Scope of services

1. Sophos Home Premium

For students and employees (private use)

The Sophos Home Premium antivirus software can be used free of charge by all students and employees of Bielefeld University for private devices running Windows and Mac.

Protection features include:

  • Real-time virus protection
  • Ransomware protection
  • Malware scanning and removal
  • Automatic updates
  • Usable on up to 10 computers

Registration and download

Registration via:

First you have to create an account at Sophos by entering your personal university email address ( and then follow the steps from the activation emails. Please enter a separate password (do not use the BITS password!).

Download after registration
-> : (registration with created Sophos account)

Useful life

After registration, the license runs for one year and can then be renewed again, provided that the eligibility still exists.

General max. term by the state contract current:30.09.2024


2. Sophos Endpoint Security and Control

For employees (official use)

The Sophos Endpoint Security and Control product is intended for use on business devices.

-> Download or contact your own IT supervisor for installation

Automatic updates

Important: When installing Sophos Endpoint, the web addresses for automatic updates, the BITS username and password are required. The addresses can be found under the download link.

Useful life

Max. Term by the state contract:20.07.2023


Tip for supervisors:
For faculties/departments a centrally managed version for Windows computers is available in the university-wide AD.


Target group

  • Students (Sophos Home Premium)
  • Employees


  • Sophos Home Premium:
    Own account after registration
  • Sophos Endpoint Security and Control:
    BITS account network password for download and updates


Support for Sophos Home
Support for problems is available via the personal Sophos account directly from Sophos after logging in at .

For students
BITS-Beratung (Support Office)
Room: University Main Building V0-215
Mo.–Fr. 09:30–16:00 h
Tel.: 0521 10612777

For employees with a PC workstation provided by BITS
Service Desk
Mo.–Fr. 08:00–16:00 h
Tel.: 0521 106-6000

For other employees
Decentralised IT support of the faculty or institution.


How-to for SophosHome (on

Configure Sophos updates (for Endpoint)

back to top
Live chat