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Editors' Review

by   / September 01, 2014

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.


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.


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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Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.1.3

  • A "Lightbox" to announce new features
  • Improvements to installation reliability
  • You can change the names of computers, and correct your own name
  • A full disk scan will now respect exclusions on Macs
  • Color palette improvements for people with impaired vision
  • Updated help system
  • Improvements to the user interface and registration experience


Publisher Sophos
Publisher web site
Release Date December 09, 2015
Date Added April 13, 2016
Version 1.1.3


Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.10/10.11/10.8/10.9
Additional Requirements None

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File Name External File


Total Downloads 268,105
Downloads Last Week 18


License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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