Award-winning Sophos for Mac blocks advanced viruses, malware, phishing, exploits, and ransomware attacks.
Powered by enterprise-grade endpoint protection technologies, the home version is affordable, simple to install, and easy to use. Offering a central dashboard with an intuitive interface, Sophos Home provides a full system scan, firewall, and security protection capabilities.
Both the free edition and the subscription-based Sophos Home Premium provide sophisticated, next-gen web protection and virus removal tools for macOS systems.
Download Sophos for Mac and get:
Artificial Intelligence Threat Detection: Detect and block new, previously unidentified "zero-day" attacks with predictive AI and deep learning before they impact your system.
Real-Time Threat Prevention: Analyze suspicious behavior and activities to protect yourself against new and developing threats. Sophos Home identifies and eliminates viruses, malware, Trojans, worms, bots, and potentially unwanted apps (PUAs).
Advanced Ransomware Security: Prevent your personal files and photos from being encrypted and held for ransom. Sophos’ powerful anti-ransomware technology blocks the ransomware attack and rolls back affected data to its previous state.
Advanced Malware Scan and Clean: Install Sophos on Mac to eradicate all traces of remnants of malware- including viruses, Trojans, rootkits, and spyware. Following installation, the Mac version of Sophos Home performs a deep scan and clean of your system
Remote Security Management: Choose one member in the family to manage Sophos Home for Mac for up to 10 devices - whether in the same house or in another country. Address security alerts, change security settings and run scans from the Cloud Management Dashboard in any web browser.
Parental Web Filtering
Banking Protection (MRG Effitas certification)
Awards and Recognition
IGN: "…a standing army on the opposite side of a moat filled with rabies-infected alligators."
The PC Security Channel: "Hands down the best results I have ever seen! …Absolutely flawless!"
Macworld Editor’s Choice 2019: "…the most extensive and up-to-date approach to fighting malware at an unbeatable price."
SE Labs: Awarded highest AAA Total Accuracy Rating
AV comparatives: "#1 Malware Protection Rate - Sophos Intercept X Advanced blocked 99.9% of the malware with 0 false alarms."
NSS Labs: Recommended - "Sophos Intercept X Advanced achieved the highest security effectiveness rating."
MRG Effitas: "#1 in Malware Protection, #1 in Exploit Protection"
Sophos Home (Free)
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Parental Web Filtering
Up to Three Devices
30-day trial of Premium
Sophos Home Premium
Everything in Sophos Home (Free) PLUS
Advanced Web Security
Up to 10 Devices
What's new in Sophos Home
Version 9.9.8 (Build 2.2.10):
Note: Currently available for $47.99
Note: The downloadable file is an installer that will install the product when opened.
Fixes / Improvements
Improvements to the product update process on Macs that were upgraded to macOS 11 (Big Sur).
How to Uninstall Sophos on Mac
Learn how to uninstall Sophos Home on Mac and completely remove its related software components from your MacBook. Complete removal guide.
Yes. It has won numerous awards and accolades. It was recognized by Macworld Editor’s Choice 2019 as "…the most extensive and up-to-date approach to fighting malware at an unbeatable price." MRG Effitas rated it #1 in Malware Protection and #1 in Exploit Protection.
Is Sophos safe for Mac?
Yes. Sophos Home is compatible with the latest stable versions of macOS. Using a non-stable/beta version may trigger unexpected issues.
Is Sophos free for Mac?
Sophos Home comes in two versions. The free Sophos Home edition offers comprehensive web protection and real-time antivirus. The subscription-based Sophos Home Premium includes malware removal, ransomware security, and banking, privacy, and identity protection.
Is Sophos slowing down my computer?
No. Sophos runs in the background with minimal overhead. Scans can be set a scan for a preferred day and time, enabling you to keep your computer clean and safe without interfering with your work.
How do I use Sophos on Mac?
Create an account on Sophos Home, confirm your email address, and sign in to your account. Click the Download button to download, go to your Downloads folder and double-click on Sophoinstall and follow the prompts to install security protection on your Mac.
How to update Sophos on Mac?
Sophos automatically downloads and updates the latest virus identity files or IDEs to ensure your protection is kept up-to-date.
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First of all this a very useful real-time anti-virus and anti-malware solution already in the 100% free version. Sophos is absolutely great when not downloading malware descriptions and updating its internal database. Unlike AVG, it doesn't seem to try to install false certificates and I've heard no stories, again unlike AVG, that they're selling user surf data. There's nothing like that crap. Nevertheless I've turned off web protection and Sophos work fine without it.
It's true that on OLD machines, like my own 10 year-old MBP, extremely occasionally some functions use a lot of CPU for maybe 30 minutes. Then it DOES NOT! Anyone claiming it's using a lot of CPU all the time is simply hysterical. I'm watching online video and doing music production while scans are made on a 10 year old machine (16 GB and an SSD of course, I'm not crazy)!
The only other downside is that you have to log in on the website to make changes in settings. That shouldn't have to be done. Some resource usage settings would be nice too, but seriously this is very mild compared to the crap Avast (AVG is owned by them) try to pull on its users.