Review of free Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac Home Edition

Filed Under: Apple, Malware

It's been just less than a week since Sophos caused a stir in the security world by releasing a free anti-virus product for Mac home users.

Yes, free as in "properly free". Not a trial version, or an eval, or something that would nag you repeatedly into purchasing a "pro" version - but really, truly free and fully featured.

Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac Home Edition

And the response has been terrific - with the number of people downloading Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac Home Edition exceeding our expectations, the product being named a "Staff Pick" on Apple Downloads (and making the number one position in its Networking & Security section).

Sophos Anti-Virus Staff Pick on the Apple Downloads page

Now the folks at SecureMac have published the first extensive review of our free Mac anti-virus product, including a test against Mac-specific malware.

I'm delighted to report that Sophos's free Mac product receives a solid thumbs-up, and is awarded "5/5 across the board" in the review.

So, if you're still dithering about whether you should run an anti-virus on your Mac at home, then do read the review... and then download our free Mac anti-virus. :-)

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10 Responses to Review of free Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac Home Edition

  1. I have been using the Mac client for several months now, and am glad to see Sophos making this available to home users. And, the price is certainly right!


  2. peebee · 1798 days ago

    Great..I thought. At last..I thought. I downloaded it and began the first scan... I have 546,381 files and it stops every time at 544,511...Why?


  3. fwip · 1797 days ago

    I would have given you the money I gave to McAfee for a Sophos Antivirus for my Windows home computer, but there's none available. Small Business begins at $136. Why are Macs so favored as to get free Sophos?

  4. MANNY · 1574 days ago

    How do I manually clean the results of a scan?

  5. Tere Stool · 1244 days ago

    Why is sophos free? Are they using the information they gather and selling it? Where do they make their money?

    • All is explained at

      We've made the software available for free purely to raise our brand awareness. No strings attached.

    • Keith Littlejohns · 1204 days ago

      Sophos, with its world headquarters near the university city of Oxford in the UK, has a highly regarded world-wide reputation for supplying sophisticated security software for large commercial computer systems. Big corporations including banks rely on Sophos software. The company is, therefore, big enough to be generous in offering Home editions of their software for free. The various business editions of their products obviously attract an appropriate commercial fee, it is as simple as that.

      I am not directly connected with Sophos, but as an observer for many years I admire the sheer quality of their products. It would seem that the same attention to detail is evident in their free Mac Home Edition offering, including being designed from the bottom-up as a proper Mac OS X application and not a Windows hand-me-down bodge up.

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Graham Cluley runs his own award-winning computer security blog at, and is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and gives computer security presentations. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley