Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac Home Edition

Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac Home Edition

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.1
out of 59 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    8.0
  • Total Downloads:
    191,162
  • Date Added:
    Apr. 05, 2012
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    76.66MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,044
  • Platform:
    Mac
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac Home Edition is a simple-to-use antivirus and malware product for the Mac. Based on the Sophos antivirus line, Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac Home Edition is free and designed for those who need coverage on their Macs, but don't want to spend a lot of time and money. Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac Home Edition is a download from the publisher, not available in the App Store when we tested.

Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac Home Edition lets you tailor the way it behaves to some extent. It can work quietly in the background, taking care of most threats transparently, or it can let you know what it is doing and get your input and decisions. Automatic isolation, cleaning and quarantining of viruses is based on regular software updates to download new signatures, and the process worked well. You can force a scan of your system at any time, or you can let Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac Home Edition sit in the background and monitor quietly.

In testing we threw a few known malware and virus files at Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac Home Edition and it caught them all cleanly. The publisher has a reputation for being current with virus signature files so being caught by surprise will not be an issue if you let the software update itself regularly. Considering the free price tag, there's no reason not to use Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac Home Edition.

 
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User Reviews
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5 stars

"Best In Class !"

May 19, 2013  |  By Net_Ralph

 |  Version: Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac Home Edition 8.0

Pros

Light as 8 MB & Easy 2 Update
Complete Antivirus
Instant Threat Identifier & Removal
Excellent Interface & Small Notification Icon that tucks in self up in the Menu Bar
Currently Protects against 5023827 threats

Cons

None Ever Experienced

Summary

Simply Brilliant

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4 stars

"used for years for different computers"

March 24, 2013  |  By alpinesnowflake

 |  Version: Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac Home Edition 8.0

Pros

just runs, updates as soon as internet connection available

Cons

none ever experienced

Summary

I consider it worth installing, found more viruses on friends usb-sticks than they have ever seen...

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2 stars

"Won't stay on"

January 29, 2013  |  By nursshar1

 |  Version: Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac Home Edition 8.0

Pros

Good scanning registry

Cons

will not stay running to do continuous virus protection

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5 stars

"Been using this for years with no problem."

November 21, 2012  |  By Zbrosmom

 |  Version: Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac Home Edition 8.0

Pros

You can't beat the price. It works as advertised. Regular updates.

Cons

Initially scanning my 1TB drive was an overnight proposition, but once it finished, I had peace of mind. Also, it scanned in the background and I didn't notice any system slowing during the scan.

Summary

I've never had a problem using this. Granted, I'm a very careful surfer, so I haven't thrown very many challenges at it, but I'm very satisfied.

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2 stars

"You get what you pay for....."

September 04, 2012  |  By dochogan

 |  Version: Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac Home Edition 8.0

Pros

It does detect viruses......

Cons

It will slow your system start-up
It will cause your system to crash at start-up
Lots of bugs (like two icons in your menu bar, buttons that do nothing when clicked, updates that fail randomly)

Summary

Unfortunately this software has received positive reviews from major publications. I can only assume they didn't test it very thoroughly. Your mileage may vary so give it a go. At least it's free.......

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2 stars

"Slows down the system too much to be useful"

August 30, 2012  |  By ruth7

 |  Version: Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac Home Edition 8.0

Pros

Free, nice looking

Cons

My system (Snow Lion on an iMac) running much much slower, and the scan had not got a quarter of the way through after an hour, so I have already used the usefully provided removal application to delete it.

Summary

I won't keep anything on my machines that make them run slower. What to say?

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1 stars

"Compatibility problems with Mountain Lion"

August 25, 2012  |  By farvardinzad

 |  Version: Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac Home Edition 8.0

Pros

Seemed to work great with Lion.

Cons

Grave incompatibility problems with Mountain Lion.

Summary

Although I've downloaded the Mountain Lion compatible version from Sophos website, there are a number of serious incompatibility issues including never ending updates which freeze the Mac. It's unusable! An urgent update is needed to fix this. Uninstalling for now!!

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1 stars

"Doesn't work with Mountain Lion"

August 06, 2012  |  By macguruguy

 |  Version: Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac Home Edition 8.0

Pros

When it works well, you do not even know it is there.

Cons

In Mountain Lion, icon in menu bar disappears. Then scanner stops and program no longer updates.

Summary

Developer needs to address the current problem in Mountain Lion, or remove its claim that its product is compatible with 10.8. It is NOT.

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4 stars

"Coming up on a year of use soon and very satisfied ..."

July 14, 2012  |  By mbmpdx

 |  Version: Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac Home Edition 8.0

Pros

On a 2.3 GHz i5 MacBook Pro (8GB RAM, OS-X 10.7.4) with Sophos A/V v8.0.5C installed on it, I've only had a good experience. Prior to this early-July updated version, whatever version I had for the last approx 8 or 9 months never gave me a problem. No perceptable speed degradation after installing it, and full scans complete in an acceptable time for me (about an hour to an hour and a half for several hundred GB's of stuff to scan) but I kick it off before heading to bed most of the time anyway. It has on-access scanning, manual scanning, customizable scans, logging, customized messages, auto-updating of definition files, and a compact and non-cluttered user interface.

Cons

With minimal threats to find right now, rating any of Mac Anti Virus products is pretty difficult for the home user.

Summary

I've never experienced any of the issues reported by some of the other users, and am extremely happy with the product. Sophos has an established positive track record and the price cannot be beat.

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2 stars

"worked fine for awhile"

May 08, 2012  |  By ervint

 |  Version: Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac Home Edition 8.0

Pros

Pretty easy. We don't know REALLY how effective it is

Cons

Had Sophos on a laptop which sat idle for several months. On restart I got the X in the black shield. Uninstalling it has been a ***** (no uninstaller appeared as promised. Still trying to remove all traces before re-install.

So I'd say customer support is not very good at all. Tried the site/forum/board but still not successful.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 8.0

This release includes a number of new enhancements including:

  • Scheduled Scans: Now, in addition to On-Access and On-Demand Custom Scans, you can also create Scheduled Scans to run automatically on a pre-defined scheduleÃ??Ã? 
  • Live Protection: Gives you a direct connection to the very latest information we have about new Mac threats. Using our global intelligence network, we can identify new threats quickly and make sure your Mac is protected--immediately. Live Anti-Virus has been available in our Windows products for a while now and I'm really excited that our Mac customers will now be able to benefit. Find out more about what it does by watching our short video
  • Enhanced user-interface: We've improved the user-interface and made the product even easier to use
General
Publisher Sophos
Publisher web site http://www.sophos.com/en-us
Release Date April 05, 2012
Date Added April 05, 2012
Version 8.0
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.4 Intel, Mac OS X 10.6 Intel, Mac OS X 10.7, Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.5 Intel, Mac OS X 10.5, Mac OS X 10.6, Mac OS X 10.5 PPC, Mac OS X 10.4 PPC, Mac OS X 10.4
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 76.66MB
File Name savosx_90_he.zip
Popularity
Total Downloads 191,162
Downloads Last Week 1,044
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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