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    Still on 10.12.6 and just recently Sophos is popping up saying:
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    Please contact your system administratorYou Mac is running with Non-stadard permissions on key directories and your Mac may be insecure  Reference Sophos knowledge base article #131959 
    I've searched on their web site and found a questionable or at least it didn't make sense to me, set of terminal commands. I'm not ready to use those as I don't totally get terminal commands. I purchased their "premium" plan and had some luck finding a set of scripts to launch in terminal via text edit. That didn't help either.

    Those darned permissions, how to we fix them now? Any ideas?

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    I'd be interested in anyone replying who knows this stuff. I never ran Sophos, always managed my permissions manually with Terminal or Finder. Which means I probably made a hash of things and am just really lucky. Don't know squat about Sophos, is the short of it.
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    It would be nice if it said which ones were in question. In finder I can do, terminal could be terminal from my lack of experience there. Leaves me feeling just a little insecure

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    Dunno if you got this sorted, but I would start with repairing permissions.....probably already did that? Just in case: here.
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    Thanks, I finally contacted SOPHOS. They explained how to remove the old items that were interfering with installing the new version:

    Reboot into Recovery Mode (Command+R on boot)
    Open Utilities->Terminal
    Run the command: csrutil disable
    Reboot
    Open a Terminal, run the command: sudo chmod 755 /
    Reboot into Recovery Mode (Command+R on boot)
    Open Utilities->Terminal
    Run the command: csrutil enable
    Reboot
    Run our uninstaller

    So I ran the uninstaller and then installed the latest version

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