Sophos for Mac

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Stinkfist69, Jul 1, 2009.

  1. Stinkfist69 macrumors newbie

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    Does this slow down your mac? Is it any good? I need an antivirus for my college.

    My school requires an antivirus installed, so I am wondering if this is any good. Does it slow down the computer and take up alot of resources?
     
  2. tersono macrumors 68000

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    Install either ClamXAV or iAntivirus. Both should cover your school's requirements, both are more than OS X needs and both are free... :cool:
     
  3. Stinkfist69 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well I can do that, but my school offers Sophos free as well. I just don't want to install it if it slows down the system too much.
     
  4. MacAndy74 macrumors 65816

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    Umm. Well, Mac OS can only get infected with Mac OS viruses or trojans; and there's no viruses that I've heard of that you need to worry about - there are a few (very few) trojans but really you don't need an AV product for Mac. However, if you really want something for your Mac consider iAntivirus; it's free too.

    There are a few user reviews: Sophos Anti-Virus - 4.9 - seems to be rated 3/5 :eek:
     
  5. Lounge Deluxe macrumors regular

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    I can imagine that if you receive a file or email on a Mac that contains a Windows virus or trojan and you forward that file or email to someone with a Windows pc, that Windows pc might get contaminated.
     
  6. Stinkfist69 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    hmmm, maybe I'll download it since it's free, but I hope it's not like Norton :rolleyes:
     
  7. Jethryn Freyman macrumors 68020

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    I gave it a test run, and thought it was pretty poor. I think it failed to pick up something, but it was a while ago so maybe I can't remember.

    iAntiVirus is free and better. It picks up OS X threats only.

    ClamXAV only picks up Windows threats and is also free.
     
  8. Sky Blue Guest

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    We use Sophos at work, it's actually pretty decent and does a good job picking up Windows viruses.
     
  9. larkost macrumors 6502a

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    All real-time antivirus products slow down your computer, that is the nature of the game. So Sophos does slow down your computer. I used it at work, and on some things (producing system images) it was noticeable, but in most of my day-to-day operations it was not.
     
  10. Matari macrumors member

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    I too have to have Sohpos installed on my work machines due to a university policy. I find it is a bit of a pain, but this can be alleviated by manually updating the files once a week - this way the app. is not constantly calling home and slowing down your machine.
     

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