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Sophos Home 1.4.3  Pick    

Size:   231MB

License:   FREEWARE

Publisher:  Visit Website | More Programs

Release Date:   2017-07-27

Submit Date:   2017-07-27

OS:  Windows 7/8/8.1/10 (32-Bit/64-Bit)

Downloads:   5024

Popularity:   Popularity:0/10


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4.82

(22 Votes)

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 Reviewed on March 09, 2016

If you ever took a peek at any antivirus awards or top 10 lists, then you probably noticed that Sophos scored near the top in the business category. Until the advent of Sophos Home, which is perhaps one of the most comprehensive free antivirus programs that you can find, this company sold exclusively to the business market. According to their documentation, the Home program has all the same power as the business one. While that's hard to prove independently, this is definitely a program that you should consider to keep your computer safe.

Using Sophos Home

This program takes a little getting used to at first. Unlike your normal program that is downloaded immediately to your computer, you first have to make a profile with Sophos and then download the file from there. It's a fairly big file at nearly 200MB and it takes almost 10 minutes to install, but after that everything is smooth sailing. One interesting thing to note is that this program is available for both Mac and Windows users.

The interface is easy to understand and most of the controls are color coded. For example, green is to allow something while red is to block a program or website. There are many options to allow or block, but it's best to pay attention to anything marked as a threat. This means that the file or website can potentially harm your computer, so don't play around when a threat pops up. Aside from checking for malicious files on your hard drive, Sophos Home actively checks your browser to ensure that the websites you're visiting are safe.

Speaking of pop ups, Sophos does the best job possible of keeping you safe without being obtrusive. Whenever something new happens, a small window will appear in the upper-right corner of your screen. Up to three windows will appear at once, which means that you won't be bombarded with alerts.

According to most tests, Sophos scores near the top of its class. While there haven't been as many tests with Sophos Home as with their business programs, it's safe to assume that the scores are at least similar. Perhaps the only bad thing is that this program can get a little annoying. You have to enter your email address and password whenever you access the program. It might be safer this way, but it gets annoying after the third or fourth time.

Conclusion

Sophos Home is a little different than most free antivirus programs, but it's got world-class technology that is typically used by big businesses. You can download this program onto 10 computers simultaneously without paying a cent, and the user interface is very simple and easy to use. Aside from being a little annoying here and there, this is a great program that blows many other free applications out of the water.

Software Product Description

Protect your computers from malicious software and inappropriate websites.

Note: Requires free account with Sophos.

The free version of Sophos Home is for private and non-commercial use, letting you protect up to ten computers per account.

USER REVIEWS

"Modifying my review after finding a major flaw"

Reviewer: -compmend

Review Date: 2016-06-23

Pros: This software is lightweight and does a good job at finding viruses, malware, etc.

Cons: I found out the hard way that this software will wrongly identify files and quarantine them. No problem right? In any other virus software I have used restoring a quarantined file is easy, just click "restore" and/or add the file to exceptions. Not so with this software. I wrote a program (Word Processor based) and as I went to run the program after compiling Sophos quarantined my executable, as a PUP (Potentially unwanted program). I added my exe name and location as an exception and compiled and ran the program again, only for Sophos to quarantine the file again. I then tried a simple command line program (A Hello World Program) surely Sophos wouldn't quarantine that, but, it did, and there is no recourse when a file is quarantined you can never restore that file, in Sophos home, there is a button that says "restore" but it does nothing. Imagine if that had been a valuable file destined for a client or something.

Other Thoughts: If Sophos fixes the quarantine issue, then their software would be darn near perfect. A virus program in my opinion should never "permanently" delete a client's files indiscriminately and without recourse based on an algorithm.

4.82

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(22 Votes)

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