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Sophos Home: Free antivirus for Windows and Mac users

Why pay for a home antivirus solution where you can get excellent protection for absolutely nothing? Sophos Home brings commercial-grade security to the home users - for free.
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Written by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, Contributor on
Sophos Home: Free antivirus for Windows and Mac users

Looking for an antivirus package for your home machines that won't cost the earth and doesn't nag you all the time to upgrade? Then you need to take a look at the new Sophos Home service. This new product brings commercial-grade security to the home users - both Windows and Mac - for free.

Setup couldn't be easier.

  • Go to https://home.sophos.com and create a free account.
  • Log into your account from the Windows or Mac systems you want to protect (up to 10 systems per account) and download the installer file.
  • Install the software.
  • You're done!

Sophos Home not only protects your systems from viruses, but is also features a built-in web protection that blocks websites that are known to install malware. Also included is an unwanted app detection feature that is always on the lookout for unwanted apps that might be trying to install themselves onto your system.

Another awesome feature of the Sophos Home service is that you get access to an online dashboard that displays information about all the systems protected. From here you can check and change software settings, as well as run remote scans for viruses.

Sophos Home: Free antivirus for Windows and Mac users

I've been testing Sophos Home for a couple of weeks now and I've found it to be easy to use, reliable, and not heavy on system resources. It's also picked up on every bit of malware that I've been able to throw at it. And to top that off, Sophos Home will never nag you to upgrade to a paid product.

If you're looking for a security product, especially if you have multiple systems to protect (and doubly so if you have Windows and Mac systems), then Sophos Home is well worth investigating.

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