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  • 5.0 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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  • 4.0 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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  • 2.0 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 2.0 stars

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

    September 4, 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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  • 2.0 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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  • 1.0 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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  • 1.0 stars

    "Doesn't work with Mountain Lion"

    August 6, 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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  • 4.0 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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  • 2.0 stars

    "worked fine for awhile"

    May 8, 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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