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 58 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    8.0
  • Total Downloads:
    191,162
  • Date Added:
    April 05, 2012
  • File Size:
    76.66MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,044
  • Operating Systems:
    Mac OS X 10.4 Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.5 Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.6/Intel

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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3 stars

"OK for basic protection"

June 09, 2014  |  By Gool

 |  Version: Sophos Antivirus for Mac Home Edition 9.0

Pros

Permanently free

Cons

Set up opens in German and not easy to spot where to get English version. Also defaults lead to problems contacting the relevant server until I realised I could uncheck the boxes in the set up.

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2 stars

"Veery slow!!"

May 08, 2014  |  By grayweaver

 |  Version: Sophos Antivirus for Mac Home Edition 9.0

Pros

nice looking, appears to work well

Cons

got stuck 75% through scanning disk, took an age to delete any threat and then it didn't work

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1 stars

"Could not get it to work"

April 17, 2014  |  By rhfichtenbaum

 |  Version: Sophos Antivirus for Mac Home Edition 9.0

Pros

None. None. The second none is because I am required to enter 10 characters. How could there be any pro at all if the software wouldn't work?

Cons

Wasted my time installing it because I could not get it to work. I would not update.

Summary

Skip this version of the software.

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1 stars

"Missed things"

March 26, 2014  |  By Arinwolfe

 |  Version: Sophos Antivirus for Mac Home Edition 9.0

Pros

Easy to use,
has found one or two thngs

Cons

Did not detect several pieces of malware (clamX is up to 22)
impossible to completely remove.

Summary

SImply put it took a very long time and did not do it's job. According to my activity monitor, there are still processes running from it despite my having uninstalled it. I cannot find the source of these activities.

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1 stars

"Mac Home Edition freezes with OSX Mavericks"

March 10, 2014  |  By soccerdad5

 |  Version: Sophos Antivirus for Mac Home Edition 9.0

Pros

Supposedly a full featured Mac centric AV
Installed and UNINSTALLED easily

Cons

As many others have reported both here and on Sophos community site, Sophos Mac Home edition freezes before completing the initial scan. My experience was it got through 3/4 of my files before hanging.
Very disappointed as many "professional reviewers" recommended it, probably based on feature set instead of actual use unfortunately.
Also, note that the only support is online knowledge base, forums, or chat.

Summary

If you want your Mac to freeze before completing a scan, install it. I uninstalled this and installed Avast instead. It ran without incident!

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2 stars

"Confused by this version"

February 02, 2014  |  By netrobbie

 |  Version: Sophos Antivirus for Mac Home Edition 9.0

Pros

It goes through the motions

Cons

It reports it can not contact primary server to update itself.
I now have two applications in my Applications Folder:
Sophos Anti-Virus, v. 9.0.1 which is 11.1 MB, and
Sophos Anti-Virus Home Edition, v. 9.0.1, which is 119.7 MB
Even though both are applications, I wonder if the large one is the installer

Summary

I used version 8 for some time and was pleased with it,

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2 stars

"Would not update, lost connection"

January 18, 2014  |  By danap49

 |  Version: Sophos Antivirus for Mac Home Edition 9.0

Pros

Didn't really get a chance to try it out. Did one scan that showed all clean. Not sure how to rate this.

Cons

I installed and did a full scan, which showed no problems. Then I turned off the full-time scanner-- I really just wanted to do scans on demand and did not want performance issues. Tried to manually update, and got "cannot connect to primary server". This happened on 2 machines, a Mac Pro and a Macbook Pro. Tried later, same problem. No good answers on the web. Began having connection issues an hour or two after install. Pages would not load--both computers. Uninstalled and the connection issues vanished. Running OSX 10.6.8

Summary

Now, my connection issues could have been coincidence, but they were severe enough that I decided to uninstall, and as soon as I uninstalled the connections came back. The update issue is apparently not unique to me, but I could not find any useful fixes. My free Bitdefender scanner (at App Store) works flawlessly. Hopefully it is as thorough as Sophos.

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4 stars

"Has great Pros and Cons!"

December 31, 2013  |  By SiriusP

 |  Version: Sophos Antivirus for Mac Home Edition 9.0

Pros

1. solid up to date database of known virus' and malicious websites
2. Live File protection, including compressed files and archives
3. Live web protection, prevents you from visiting websites with known security concerns
4. Easy to manage and configure the preferences
5. Adjustable Auto-update time interval

Cons

1. Slows down the Macbook for the first few days, and sometimes causes macbook to freeze. In my experience the slowed performance only lasted for the first couple of days. Depending on your RAM and how often your Auto-Update is scheduled, the computer may freeze. I have found that the issue of "freezing mac" with Sophos can be resolved by setting the Auto-Update to around every 10 hours, and making sure that you have a respectable amount of RAM available by limiting the number of applications, concurrent tabs, and streaming videos that are open at the same time. Obviously the live protection means that certain Sophos Processes will always be running, however you can turn them off if you choose to. If you have 4 tabs open, streaming video and iTunes running at the same time you will almost always have issues with freezing if you have 4GB RAM.

2. The full system scan is very thorough and takes a couple of hours, maybe more.

Summary

Overall I think sophos is a pretty solid Antivirus for Mac, it has it's pros and cons, but considering the fact that it's free it's a good product. I have had problems with just about every Antivirus on my Mac causing it to freeze, such as Kaspersky. Avast is the only one (free or paid) that didn't cause my computer to freeze, however Sophos is specifically built for the Mac and in my opinion provides better protection for mac users than Avast or other free software.

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1 stars

"Pure Garbage"

November 06, 2013  |  By LedeAgenda

 |  Version: Sophos Antivirus for Mac Home Edition 9.0

Pros

There are no pros. This app sucks.

Cons

Never completes a scan, even if you authorize scheduled scans as an administrator. Even is does start a scheduled scan, it only completes a small portion of the requested scan.

Summary

Do not waste your time with this app.

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2 stars

"Took it off after slowing Macbook Air to a crawl!"

October 17, 2013  |  By Modelrailroader

 |  Version: Sophos Antivirus for Mac Home Edition 9.0

Pros

Free, can't think of any other benefit.

Cons

Many, doesn't complete scans, never finds anything if it does.
Slowed my Mac so much that I wanted to cry, just couldn't take it anymore, so un-installed it. Never to use it again.
Won't uninstall completely either.

Summary

We use Sophos at work so I thought I would try it.
Sorry I did. Had to nuke HDD and start all over with Mac OS.

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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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