Sophos Anitvirus for PCs and Macs
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Sophos Anitvirus for PCs and Macs

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Found 21st Mar 2016
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Don't know why cold? I use it on PC and MAC which replaced McAfee and AVG. Blocked a lot of malware an MAC when receiving emails from PC users, also cleaned some free apps for MAC. I was surprised how many web sites has been blocked for containing malware.
In Business you pay loads for Sophos - great AV and people need to appreciate something good for free
Edited by: "Maxamillion78" 21st Mar 2016
No upgrade nags, the web interface for configuration is a bit unusual and not that well featured - cannot configure the "full" scan, so if you have dual boot, it will scan anything accessible.

Unlike many others, does not appear to offer a "scan with" option (for Bitdefender free, this is how you scan a specified area).
Unlike Bitdefender free, Sophos does offer exceptions.
monczek

Don't know why cold? I use it on PC and MAC which replaced McAfee and … Don't know why cold? I use it on PC and MAC which replaced McAfee and AVG. Blocked a lot of malware an MAC when receiving emails from PC users, also cleaned some free apps for MAC. I was surprised how many web sites has been blocked for containing malware.



No Malware sent from a PC to a Mac will have the slightest effect on OSX. If you're running bootcamp then there may be problems. To get around this I never web-browse or open or forward mail from within my Windows 10 environment.
Even Mac's are getting viruses and malware these days!
loiterer

No Malware sent from a PC to a Mac will have the slightest effect on OSX. … No Malware sent from a PC to a Mac will have the slightest effect on OSX. If you're running bootcamp then there may be problems. To get around this I never web-browse or open or forward mail from within my Windows 10 environment.


I know that, but I was just surprised how much malware I was getting designed for PC. It was also blocking malware designed for OSX that came with free software. I find a lot of OSX free apps that came with some kind of malware, Sophos cleaned it before it was installed. OSX is no longer virus and malware free. I find Sophos very useful for OSX, better safe than sorry.
Edited by: "monczek" 22nd Mar 2016
Wii89

Even Mac's are getting viruses and malware these days!


You'd be surprised. It's always a person behind a MAC that's the weakest link. OSX is based on UNIX and malware and viruses need permission from end user to run, nothing is bombproof. OSX is still much less popular than Windows, hence less viruses and malware designed for it, but it's just question of time.
matth9999

No upgrade nags, the web interface for configuration is a bit unusual and … No upgrade nags, the web interface for configuration is a bit unusual and not that well featured - cannot configure the "full" scan, so if you have dual boot, it will scan anything accessible.Unlike many others, does not appear to offer a "scan with" option (for Bitdefender free, this is how you scan a specified area).Unlike Bitdefender free, Sophos does offer exceptions.



Now I can see the scan with option ... sure it wasn't there before!!!
Wii89

Even Mac's are getting viruses and malware these days!



Not so you'd notice. I think you can count the total number of attempts (nothing currently live) at infecting Mac OSX on one hand. I've used PC's and Macs since the first Mac computer and I have never seen malware, spyware or viruses on any of my companies, friends or families Mac's. PC's were once quite another matter. I now use the latter exclusively for gaming; apart from Windows X, I have installed Steam, uPlay, Origin, Creative Labs (with reluctance) and nVidia software and essential motherboard drivers, nothing else.

All work, browsing, messaging, e-mailing, etc., I do on Mac's and iPad's. I don't even bother with OSX's firewall any longer as my router is bullet-proof...Not a single attempt to probe my ports has been made from beyond the router to my Mac network.
monczek

OSX is still much less popular than Windows, hence less viruses and … OSX is still much less popular than Windows, hence less viruses and malware designed for it, but it's just question of time.



I've been hearing this same old, same old for close on 30 years. It still hasn't happened. At best I vaguely recall about one failed attempt every year and not one that has spread beyond one computer. OSX runs on very strict privileges, if a Mac gets something unwanted on it, it's because the user authorised it. There is no where for a Mac "proof of concept" virus or trojan horse, etc., to escalate to. This is why Mac's are so damned secure and offer a first line of defence for the American armed services.

Wikipedia states "Only a few major viruses have hit Macs in the last years. The difference in virus vulnerability between Macs and Windows is a chief selling point, one that Apple uses in their "Get a Mac" advertising."
loiterer

I've been hearing this same old, same old for close on 30 years. It still … I've been hearing this same old, same old for close on 30 years. It still hasn't happened. At best I vaguely recall about one failed attempt every year and not one that has spread beyond one computer. OSX runs on very strict privileges, if a Mac gets something unwanted on it, it's because the user authorised it. There is no where for a Mac "proof of concept" virus or trojan horse, etc., to escalate to. This is why Mac's are so damned secure and offer a first line of defence for the American armed services.Wikipedia states "Only a few major viruses have hit Macs in the last years. The difference in virus vulnerability between Macs and Windows is a chief selling point, one that Apple uses in their "Get a Mac" advertising."


There's no bomb proof system, jus look at last dodgy Xcode fiasco. IOS apps approved by Apple containing malware. End user is always the weakest link.
Why is this so cold!!
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