Sophos Anti-Virus Home Edition FREE

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  1. nobblynoel macrumors member

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  2. Jolly Giant macrumors 6502a

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    it better be free, considering there are currently no viruses that can affect a Mac ;)
     
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    I am still roaring with laughter about your comment ... that is like the Florida swamp salesman that says ... oh yeah, I also got some Anti Virus software for your Mac ... has never let me down yet.

    lol:cool:
     
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    Actually the price is still too high. I would need to be paid as it will impede your computers performance.:rolleyes:
     
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    :p

    and yet, many a Mac user falls into that trap ...

    aye !

    however, as we all know, there might be times when one wants to have some form of AV on ones Mac - if one regularly exchanges files with winsloth users, for instance.

    in such a case, i could be beaten into installing the least obtrusive ClamXav.

    happy computing, Y'all !
     
  8. Blu101 macrumors 6502a

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    Is it available for Mac yet?


    Malware isn't just viruses, it's trojans, spyware, etc. ;)
     
  9. Queso macrumors G4

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    This is a good thing. Unfortunately corporate IT require AV software on computers that VPN in, so by installing software from a major AV vendor you get the opportunity to work from home like the Windows guys :cool:

    Seriously, this is a good sign that Macs are gaining traction in the business world.
     
  10. netdog macrumors 603

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    What the heck do they put in their virus database?

    Should be the fastest scan in the history of AV software.
     
  11. benhollberg, Nov 5, 2010
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    I did install this recently since it was free and I was curious to if I was clean, I was. Anyway I am worried about my battery life and computer performance while I have this. There is a feature called on-access scanning which I assume runs the application in the background (even after I quit?) and so I tihnk it would slow down and run my battery down. Is this true? Also I have disabled that feature.
     
  12. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    ...except no AV software can protect you from viruses that don't exist. They can only protect you once a virus has been discovered and analyzed, then added to their virus definition database, then you update your AV virus definitions on your computer.
    Trojans, etc. can be avoided by simply using common sense.
    Yes, anti-virus apps consume system resources, slow down your computer, and drain your battery faster. Remove any anti-virus software from your Mac. You don't need it.
    That's a good question, and their answer is disturbing:
    Mac Virus/Malware Info
     
  13. benhollberg macrumors 68020

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    I would like to keep it just in case of something. And I see more Mac computers being targeted in the future. My question though was if I disable this feature it shouldn't run in the background and scan everything, correct?
     
  14. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    If you want to keep it, that's up to you. Be aware that it won't protect you from future threats... only known threats.
    Use Activity Monitor to see what components, if any, are still running.
     
  15. Silencio macrumors 68020

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    Sophos is pretty good, actually. It's easily been the best antivirus option on Mac OS X for years. However, Sophos formerly only sold it in multi-user packs and it typically worked best with a Windows-based server for managing updates, configurations, and schedules. I run it at the one heavily cross-platform site I manage, and have been very satisfied with it.
     
  16. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    And now the $64 question: Exactly what does Sophos do for Mac users?
     
  17. benhollberg macrumors 68020

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    Thanks. I'll check it out.
     
  18. dyn macrumors 68030

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    You need to read it more carefully and think a lot longer about what it actually says. They only state that they don't keep a complete list of all the malware their products protect against. This would imply they protect against malware but they don't list everything and/or they use lists from others (which is quite common with something like antispam: they use blacklists such as the famous spamhaus ones).
     

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