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Sophos Antivirus for Mac Home Edition

CNET Editors' review

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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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.1 stars

    out of 56 votes

    • 5 star: 14
    • 4 star: 17
    • 3 star: 3
    • 2 star: 7
    • 1 star: 15
  • Current version:

    1.6 stars

    out of 10 votes

    • 5 star: 0
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 3
    • 1 star: 6
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  • 1.0 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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  • 1.0 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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  • 1.0 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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  • 2.0 stars

    "Confused by this version"

    February 2, 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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  • 2.0 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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  • 4.0 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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  • 1.0 stars

    "Pure Garbage"

    November 6, 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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  • 2.0 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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  • 1.0 stars

    "NEVER completes a scan"

    September 15, 2013  |   By Greymantle37

    Version: Sophos Antivirus for Mac Home Edition 9.0

    Pros

    There are NO pros, because it NEVER completes a full scan in OSX Mountain Lion.

    Cons

    In the 10 months that I've had this installed on my Mountain Lion 27" iMac, it has never successfully completed a scan--it always just quits! This is useless, and furthermore, ALL the "Help" entries on Sophos' website dodge the question when others have asked about this exact problem.

    Summary

    Yes it's free. No, it doesn't work on Mountain Lion correctly. Look elsewhere for scanning!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Mac Home Edition freezes up before the scan is complete"

    September 4, 2013  |   By Carolinescot

    Version: Sophos Antivirus for Mac Home Edition 9.0

    Pros

    If scanning only 20% or so of your files is OK with you, it might find some malware on your computer, but it doesn't finish what it's supposed to do.

    Cons

    1. It freezes up way before finishing what you downloaded it to do
    2. It slows down your computer significantly
    3. There is no tech support provided for the free Home Edition

    Summary

    Have had much better results with MacScan. Also a free download.

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