Sophos Antivirus for Mac Home Edition

Sophos Antivirus for Mac Home Edition

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
3.1
out of 60 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    9.0
  • Total Downloads:
    202,925
  • Date Added:
    Aug. 15, 2013
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    76.66MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    729
  • Platform:
    Mac
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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Sophos Antivirus for Mac Home Edition is a complete antivirus solution for your Mac, and it gives you the ability to review files identified as threats before they are removed. With this free program in place, you can have confidence that your Mac is not vulnerable to threats from most viruses and malware.

Pros

Straightforward interface: Through this app's streamlined interface, you can easily see how your scan is progressing and what threats the program has detected. And when the scan is complete, you can view a list of quarantined items and decide whether or not to delete some or all of them.

Decent detection: Sophos did detect several legitimate threats through scanning. They were clearly displayed in the Quarantine Manager, and we could view the results of scanning even while the scan was still in progress.

Cons

Long scans: The program takes a long time to scan. In fact, our initial testing scan wasn't even halfway done after 20 minutes, which seems excessive when compared to other similar programs.

Freezing issues: The app froze several times during testing, usually when it was close to finishing a scan. Since the scans take so long to begin with, this was especially frustrating.

Bottom Line

Sophos Antivirus does its job even if the process isn't always terribly smooth. It does do a decent job identifying threats, and results are clearly displayed in the Quarantine Manager. The program is free to use without limits.

 
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User Reviews
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1 stars

"Detects but fails to clean"

December 27, 2014  |  By peerwn

 |  Version: Sophos Antivirus for Mac Home Edition 9.0

Pros

Free......

Cons

Does not clean files it says it does, which is really two times worst because the user thinks they're clean, but a second scan reveals the same malware is still present at the exact location they previously were. Thus, it tells you it quarantines but does not, leaving you twice more at risk.

Summary

Find a better alternative that does not trick you into thinking you're clean. This is just plain horrible.

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2 stars

"I deleted it 2 days later."

November 18, 2014  |  By imsogreen

 |  Version: Sophos Antivirus for Mac Home Edition 9.0

Pros

Easy to download

Cons

It slowed my MacBook Pro to a crawl. I could not log on to quite a few websites. My computer kept freezing.

Summary

I would not recommend this software to anyone with a Mac. After I took it off, my computer worked perfectly....all problems gone.

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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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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 9.0
Secure Web Browsing - Keeps you safe from threats on the web with the ability to block malicious or infected web sites. We scan for malicious codes from websites and block web malware from accessing your Mac.
General
Publisher Sophos
Publisher web site http://www.sophos.com/en-us
Release Date August 14, 2013
Date Added August 15, 2013
Version 9.0
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.7, Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.6, Mac OS X 10.8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 76.66MB
File Name savosx_90_he.zip
Popularity
Total Downloads 202,925
Downloads Last Week 729
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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