Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac

Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac

Average User Rating:
2.9
out of 17 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
3.4.8
File Size:
Not available
Date Added:
August 15, 2001
Price:
Purchase
Operating Systems:
Mac OS Classic/X 10.0
Total Downloads:
25,242
Downloads Last Week:
1
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Additional Requirements:
  • Mac OS 8 - OS X
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    • 3 stars

      "Installed easily; seems to work"

      November 08, 2010   |   By jletaw

      Version: Not Found

      Pros

      No crashes or freeze like others reported. It did pop up an alert when I inserted a USB drive that had been infected in a Windows machine.

      Cons

      SLOW! It doesn't slow my system too much, but the full scan is interminable. I gave up. Makes my fan run continuously, like when viewing a Flash video. I've found no way to disable it from its menus. I'll probably uninstall.

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    • 1 stars

      "very basic protection & 3 crashes :-("

      November 08, 2010   |   By JPPATOUCH

      Version: Not Found

      Pros

      Free and easy to install

      Cons

      very very slow (about 15 hours to scan my 750 GB files on a MacBook Pro);
      3 crashes (on the first day of using)
      found 0 viruses (scanned with clamxav and virusbarrier DEMO, and they found 3 windows malware);
      no antiphishing...

      Summary

      Sophos Free Mac AV is very very basic and instable...I don't want my mac to be protected with a buggy software that crashes my system and slow down my Mac...
      So I prefer to pay for a reliable protection...sorry...bye bye Sophos

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    • 1 stars

      "Good Idea, Runs like steaming piles of ****"

      November 07, 2010   |   By Yelonde

      Version: Not Found

      Pros

      Good idea; A free antivirus from a well-known security company

      Cons

      The software runs like crap, and froze my computer. . . several times. Had to remove it to get anything done.

      Summary

      So I decided to try out Sophos (free edition) on my iMac. At first, I was hopeful, since my mac was slowing down as of late, and I was concerned about viruses. So, I ran it, and tried some scans, but my mac always froze following those scans. At first, I was wondering if there were other causes, such as a fragmented drive, or stuffed hard-drive. So I cleaned those up, but found that I was still having the issue. Turns out, it was sophos' antivirus, and it was ****ing up everything. How ****ing frustrating. You know, the reason I left windows far behind was because I didn't want to deal with annoying, time-consuming crap like this. Sophos, I don't hate your company, but make your product useable, please. I will be willing to use your product again when it doesn't freeze my computer.

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    • 4 stars

      "Actually found Trojan on one of my Mac's!"

      November 03, 2010   |   By jscott418

      Version: Not Found

      Pros

      Nice low resource scanner. Does what its supposed to do

      Cons

      Kind of slow scanning

      Summary

      I decided to try this on two Mac's. A MacBook Pro and a Mac Mini. I was surprised at how well it works. I have tried a couple of the AV programs for Mac and found them to be marginal at best. This one from Sophos actually found a Trojan on my Mini which was found in a Java Cache file. The only issue I have with the Sophos AV is that it could not remove it and requested I click on a link in the Quarantine to get instructions. Unfortunately the link did not give much in instructions. I ended up finding the file and deleting it. I think its good that Mac's finally get a supported AV scanner thats free and people really should run it and find out what they may have on their computer. I was certainly surprised and realize now that Steve Jobs is absolutely wrong! Mac's do get Malware!

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    • 4 stars

      "best job as for deep scanning"

      October 28, 2010   |   By sudosgr

      Version: Not Found

      Pros

      Does a very thorough job
      Excellent for "serious" user, not so much for casual users

      Cons

      Slow
      interface needs a lift ....

      Summary

      in Re to the previous comments about "slow"
      Try the following

      Get the EICAR string test, put that in a file. Then, create a DMG via DiskUtility. Insert the file into the DMG, and eject. (don't encrypt the disk)
      you have now a test string inside an unmounted disk image.

      scan ....

      Sophos is one of the only able to detect that string and correct it.
      so, yes it slower than others, but probably because is does the job.
      Now download a bunch of AV, and repeat the test: you're in for a bunch of surprises.

      If you perform test(s) and i mean serious ones, you'll see that sophos traded speed for security. If I have an AV, it's not for me to have a false sens of security.
      now, try ClamXav.
      Free.
      Fast.
      and has the worst performance of almost all. Absolutely Dangerous.
      but, hey, it's fast ...

      (Norton AV 11 is the fastest, Sophos the most secure)

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