Sophos XDR: How to query all auto-start application when start Windows workstations and server


Sophos Extended Detection and Response (XDR) lets you investigate detected threats (“threat cases”) and search for new threats or security weaknesses. It also lets you monitor devices and fix issues remotely. Sophos XDR gives you access to both data stored in the cloud and directly on the device. Which means you always have the most up-to-date data possible.

The article guides us to use the Live Discover tool of Sophos CIXA with EDR to be able to query all auto-start applications when start Windows workstations and servers. That helps to reduce the time for administrators having to go down to each machine to check


How to configure

Step 1: Create Custom Query

  • Login to Sophos Central Admin -> Choose Threat Analysis Center -> Choose Live Discover -> Enable Designer mode -> Click Create new query
  • Enter name for query
  • In Category: Choose category which you want to add query
  • In Source: Choose Live Endpoint and choose OS (some queries will not support the OS you choose) -> Check more information in Sophos Community
  • In SQL: Enter query code

name as ‘Key Name’,
source as ‘Start Up source’,
path as ‘Path’,
args as ‘Aruments’,
username as ‘Owner’,
status as ‘Status’
FROM startup_items
ORDER by status

  • Click Save

Step 2: Test Query

  • Choose Query which was created before
  • In Device selector: Choose computers you want to query
  • Click Run Query

Step 3: Check the result

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