Sophos Home for Mac review, manual and guides

Sophos Home Antivirus for Mac[1] is developed by Sophos Group Plc. Sophos Group is a cybersecurity company based in Great Britain and provides award-winning cybersecurity software and hardware for both businesses and home users. The company provides security and privacy software, next-gen protection, mobile security and management, and endpoint protection.

Sophos Antivirus for Mac Review

Sophos Home Antivirus for Mac is a reliable antivirus application for those who look protection for their entire family. Sophos Home is bundled with Windows operating system and offers free and Premium versions. Premium version cost 40 euros for a year. Sophos Home Antivirus for Mac covers up to ten devices that can be linked under a single Sophos Home account for remote management. If you want to try Premium before purchasing it, keep in mind that Sophos also provide a free Premium trial for 30 days. 

The software supports macOS 10.12 Sierra, macOS X 10.11 El Capitan and 10.10 Yosemite with 1GB of RAM and 1GB of free disk space. The installation is pretty easy and will not take long. 

Sophos Antivirus for Mac

Antivirus Protection

Sophos Home, just like most of the antivirus products, uses a traditional signature-based malware detection engine and heuristic monitoring in order to detect malware and other suspicious files.  In addition, Sophos also detects and removes Windows malware to stop them from spreading. The antivirus application also constantly scans a computer and its connections. Users are also able to perform on-demand scans from the remote location. 

When it comes to antivirus performance, Sophos Home Antivirus for Mac was tested by the German independent lab AV-TEST. According to AV-TEST, the antivirus detected 98.4% of Mac malware and demonstrates a very decent antivirus detection. 


As it was mentioned before, Sophos Home Antivirus for Mac offers users free and Premium protection. 

The Free version includes: 

  • Real-Time Antivirus feature which protects against known malware, including viruses, Trojans, worms, bots, potentially unwanted programs, ransomware and more. 
  • Parental Web Filtering that enables users to control the content children can view online. 
  • Web Protection which protects users from known malicious sites.
  • Remote Management feature which allows users to secure multiple devices in any location. 

Unlike other free Mac security software, Sophos Home Antivirus for Mac has a very feature-rich set of security and privacy features. It also offers 30-day free trial.

The following features are available for 30 days before you have to purchase the full version of Sophos Home Antivirus for Mac:

  • Advanced Ransomware Protection that stops the latest ransomware from encrypting your drives and files. 
  • Privacy Protection feature monitors access to webcam and microphone. 
  • Live email and chat Customer Support Monday to Friday from 8 am to 8 pm ET.

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Sophos Home Antivirus for Mac has a relatively low impact on a system. According to our test results, the free version had a passive system hit of 1.2%. 

When it comes to scanning performance, during a full-system scan the test computer was impacted by 6.3%. The full scan takes approximately 40 minutes. 

User Interface

Sophos Home has a simple interface. The main window allows users to perform on-demand scans and check the status of the device. However, if you want more controls, you have to launch the Sophos Home web interface. 

The interface looks simple and easy to use. Sophos home antivirus secured

The final verdict

Sophos Home Antivirus for Mac is a great choice for families. It provides users with a variety of useful features, including parental controls and remote management in its free version. It would be a great solution for those who want to protect their entire family without spending anything. 

The advantages of the application are easy to understand and simple interface, system scans that can be performed within a single click, additional features, including useful parental controls. However, malware detection is far from perfect.

Feature Score
Antivirus protection Mediocre
Additional features Even the free version provides a very decent set of extra features
System-performance impact Mediocre
Scanning performance Average system scans with a heavy performance hit
User interface Simple and easy to use
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