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Free Anti-Virus for Macs From Sophos (Home Use Only)

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Overview As Apple computers grow more popular than ever, they're an increasingly-enticing target for hackers. And these hackers aren't just mischief-makers—by targeting your computer or applications…
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As Apple computers grow more popular than ever, they're an increasingly-enticing target for hackers. And these hackers aren't just mischief-makers—by targeting your computer or applications you use, these criminals are out to steal and profit from your valuable personal information. Don't let them. Get free Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac today.

Introducing Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac Home Edition.
It's easy to install, quiet to run and simple to use—it keeps you safe from viruses, Trojans and worms without getting in your way.

High-grade protection without slowing you down.
Best of all, it's free full-featured anti-virus. You get business-grade protection for your Mac backed by our SophosLabs experts—they're on the job every day of the year, 24 hours a day. We'll stop, quarantine and clean up Mac or Windows threats that try to infect your computer. We can even stop new, unknown threats.

As versatile as you want it to be, as powerful as you need it to be.
Nobody likes system pop-ups or system slow-downs. That's why our product won't annoy you with messages or take up your computer's resources. And once you install Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac Home Edition, you're the boss. Want it to just scan quietly in the background as you work? No problem. Need to create a custom scan to check what you want and leave out what you don't? It can do that, too.
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#1
Sophos are a british security company that only provide software for b2b. However, they have released this MAC AV product for home use only for free! How cool is that !
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Great...but I've used a Mac every day for the last three years and have never had a virus, so not sure how necessary it is :)
#3
Direct Link to Download Page


BTW: Probably should be in freebies

Edited By: Predikuesi on Nov 03, 2010 08:13: add
#4
coco2007
Great...but I've used a Mac every day for the last three years and have never had a virus, so not sure how necessary it is :)

LOL Read this http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2010/11/02/anti-virus-mac-free/

Usually, Macs harbour malware then spread it to other users without knowing. Nothing is free from malware these days.
#5
One of the reasons you don't see many Mac viruses is because traditionally they had a much smaller installed user base, so virus writers would target Windows to get the biggest potential impact. However, with the increasing popularity of Macs, the balance here is starting to shift, aided in many cases by the belief amongst Mac users that "Macs don't get viruses". While they are inherently more secure than PCs, the weak link is typically the idiot in front of the keyboard, and there Mac users are no different from PC users...

Downloaded this yesterday and installed it. Seems OK so far, thankfully didn't find any viruses, and seems relatively inobtrusive.
#6
Viruses are annoying.

On my Dell Mini I have eBoostr. It used to come up after 20 seconds of boot up.

When I put security essentials, it is ready after 80 seconds. I like my ibook, it is like wash and go, only no bottles
#7
Valid points. Worth a go for nowt. I have been running VirusBarrier for over a year (updates now expired) but it never reported anything across all three of my Macs.
#8
The chances of a mac getting a virus are next to imposible. The best thing is go into PC world and watch a guy sell a mac to some one who does not understand computers and sell them Norton antivirus for mac, The smile on the sales mans face is funny.
#9
As an aside I have used Sophos on my Linux machines and Windows ones. Great software as found everything and doesn't use much in the way of resources.
#10
Great spot - thanks
#11
Thanks hot from me
#12
sandym
One of the reasons you don't see many Mac viruses is because traditionally they had a much smaller installed user base, so virus writers would target Windows to get the biggest potential impact. However, with the increasing popularity of Macs, the balance here is starting to shift, aided in many cases by the belief amongst Mac users that "Macs don't get viruses". While they are inherently more secure than PCs, the weak link is typically the idiot in front of the keyboard, and there Mac users are no different from PC users...Downloaded this yesterday and installed it. Seems OK so far, thankfully didn't find any viruses, and seems relatively inobtrusive.

One of the most sensible AV related comments I've ever read on HUKD.

First used Sophos AV software 15 years ago - it's definitely one of the best.
Shame they don't make a home version for PCs.

Edited By: BigAde on Nov 03, 2010 10:03: .
#13
BigAde
sandym
One of the reasons you don't see many Mac viruses is because traditionally they had a much smaller installed user base, so virus writers would target Windows to get the biggest potential impact. However, with the increasing popularity of Macs, the balance here is starting to shift, aided in many cases by the belief amongst Mac users that "Macs don't get viruses". While they are inherently more secure than PCs, the weak link is typically the idiot in front of the keyboard, and there Mac users are no different from PC users...Downloaded this yesterday and installed it. Seems OK so far, thankfully didn't find any viruses, and seems relatively inobtrusive.


One of the most sensible AV related comments I've ever read on HUKD.

First used Sophos AV software 15 years ago - it's definitely one of the best.
Shame they don't make a home version for PCs.


+1

Have downloaded, will use, heat added!! Thanks OP for great find!
#14
itman-dan2300
The chances of a mac getting a virus are next to imposible..


Oh how we laughed..
#15
Downloaded and installed... Better to be safe than sorry.. Cheers
#16
BigAde
sandym
One of the reasons you don't see many Mac viruses is because traditionally they had a much smaller installed user base, so virus writers would target Windows to get the biggest potential impact. However, with the increasing popularity of Macs, the balance here is starting to shift, aided in many cases by the belief amongst Mac users that "Macs don't get viruses". While they are inherently more secure than PCs, the weak link is typically the idiot in front of the keyboard, and there Mac users are no different from PC users...Downloaded this yesterday and installed it. Seems OK so far, thankfully didn't find any viruses, and seems relatively inobtrusive.


One of the most sensible AV related comments I've ever read on HUKD.

First used Sophos AV software 15 years ago - it's definitely one of the best.
Shame they don't make a home version for PCs.


They do. If you have access to licenses then log in, select "Anti-virus and Firewall for windows" under the blue enterprise bit and away you go. If you do not have licenses you can buy them but only a minimum of three.

Edited By: martinhb on Nov 03, 2010 13:00: spelling
#17
Intel Macs will quite happily run exe files so I wouldn't have thought it would be that long before those that do attack all the unprotected Macs out there.
#18
Ahh, the old "security through obscurity" Mantra

Mac's can, and do get virus's - why? Because they run Linux with a pretty front end on it, Linux has a fairly decent sized installed base, certainly worth going after in the eyes of those that create such malware.

I'm not anti/pro anything when it comes to computers I run Windows, OSX, Linux and Unix on several machines, they are all insecure in some way.
#19
andymagic
Ahh, the old "security through obscurity" Mantra

Mac's can, and do get virus's - why? Because they run Linux with a pretty front end on it, Linux has a fairly decent sized installed base, certainly worth going after in the eyes of those that create such malware.

I'm not anti/pro anything when it comes to computers I run Windows, OSX, Linux and Unix on several machines, they are all insecure in some way.

OSX is an officially certified UNIX variant, it started out life as NeXTSTEP which in turn had its roots in the BSD's, so it's far from being "Linux with a pretty front end on it".

As for viruses, malware etc. on Macs, yes they are possible and yes they do exist. However, the fundamental differences in security model from the likes of Windows makes it very unlikely unless you do something silly (like click on the link for fr33 Pr0n....download the fr33 Pr0n app.....and install it). Even if you are infected the damage such things can do are limited, unless you do something monumentally stupid.


Edited By: megalomaniac on Nov 03, 2010 14:42: typo
#20
martinhb
They do. If you have access to licenses then log in, select "Anti-virus and Firewall for windows" under the blue enterprise bit and away you go. If you do not have licenses you can buy them but only a minimum of three.

True, but at £112.50 for SCS for 1 year it's hardly priced within reach of the home user.
Big shame really as it's a nice product that would otherwise get my recommendation for clients.
#21
Great! I'm an avid Mac user, even though threats don't bother me one single bit as they don't affect Mac users as much as Windows, but it's nice to have a good solid AV client in the background just in case.

And on a plus note, it's much better than ClamX AV, it's happily handling my 400,000+ files with ease!
#22
If its an OS, its game for malware - just because the machine is the minority doesn't mean it wont be attacked... as apple spreads so does the malware.

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