Free Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac review by

Filed Under: Apple, Malware

Excuse us for blowing our own trumpet for a second, but has given a rave review to the new Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac Home Edition. review of Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac Home Edition

Mary Landesman, reviewing on behalf of, says

"the protection literally is business-grade - the free version is based on the same Mac virus scanner Sophos uses in their Endpoint Security line. Best of all, Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac Home Edition detects both Mac and Windows malware."

Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac Home Edition intercepting Mac malware. Click for a larger version

Rating the free Mac anti-virus product a maximum 5 out of 5 stars, the review concludes:

"Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac Home Edition offers more complete scanning than most of its competitors - detecting not just Mac malware but Windows malware as well. This alone puts them ahead of the pack in Mac antivirus protection. But Sophos goes one step further, offering Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac free to home users. For Mac users in search of antivirus, this may just be an offer that's too good to pass up."

You can read the full review on the website.

This is just the latest in a series of great reviews the free anti-virus product has had, including the extensive examination done by the folks at SecureMac.

Don't forget if you're a home user you can download the free anti-virus for your Mac now.

Okay, I'll put my trumpet away now..

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12 Responses to Free Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac review by

  1. bttr · 1791 days ago

    OK, where is free Sophos Anti-Virus for Windows? :-)

    • We've made no announcements regarding a free version for Windows home users (although check the site licence of our enterprise product if you're a business user running Sophos, as it's possible that you are covered for employees to use our software at home).

      If we do announce a free anti-virus for Windows home users, don't worry - you'll be sure to hear about it!

      • bttr · 1790 days ago

        Yes, I already knew about this nice feature for enterprise products users, but unfortunately my employer still prefers to sell Trend Micro WFBS to our customers, although it causes many troubles regularly. :-| (New WFBS 7.0 is even more nasty than 6.0. We had to remove it.)

  2. Andrew · 1732 days ago

    Does Sophos Antivirus Home Edition for mac slow down mac computers?
    Does it comsume VERY low cpu resources?

  3. Callum · 1474 days ago

    As a Mac user, I do not aspire to be the type of fool who thinks he or she is immune to viruses just because they use a Mac.

    I work primarily in linux environments, occasionally with Windows, and security is one of my top priorities. Oh and Sophos Free Anti-Virus is the best one I've used for a Mac.

  4. Anand · 1474 days ago

    Is one required for the ipad too?

    • The only malware we've seen for the iPad/iPhone has been for jailbroken devices.

      For instance, the Duh and ikee worms. You can read about them elsewhere on Naked Security.

  5. Phubai · 1474 days ago

    I have been using Sophos' free Mac home version on my Mac for quite awhile now, and couldn't be moe satisfied. I can't detect any slowdowns at all on my MacBook Pro and wholeheartedly recommend it. It's the only product I've kept on the Mac for any length of time and as long as it works in the fashion it has so far, I'll not be removing it! And, you can't beat the price either.

  6. steve · 1473 days ago

    I dont know, Ive been using mostly mac and debian for the last 12 years, mingled with a little bit of windows. Ive never ran an antivirus, and have never had any viruses on any of my computers. The computer or operating system has nothing to do with it. Its all the user.

  7. Errit · 1473 days ago

    Good to know this great free service has been recognised by the critics! :-)

  8. cheri · 1467 days ago

    I downloaded this anti-virus program and when I restarted my macBook nothing works!!! I can't click on anything.
    I have repaired the disc, still nothing, next I will have to try to erase and reinstall, what a hassel, any suggestions??? I am running 10.6 and I think I may have installed SOPHOS 10.4??? HELPPPPP!!!!!

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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