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Sophos Anti-Virus - Home Use

Vendor:  Sophos
Platform:  Mac and Windows

Faculty/Staff & Students: This version of Sophos is for personal, home use only.  For current OHIO employees and students. For university-owned computers, please see the Sophos - Departmental page.

Cost:  Office of Information Technology (OIT) pays for the site license for Sophos. No charge.
Description:  Sophos provides comprehensive virus and malware protection for Windows and Mac computers.  Sophos provides the following benefits:
  • Fast performance - scans will not slow your computer down
  • On-the-fly updates - Sophos automatically updates its virus definitions as often as needed
  • McAfee removal - If you were using the university's site licensed version of McAfee Virus Scan on a Windows computer, the Sophos installer will remove it for you automatically
  • Web Browser protection - Sophos will prevent sites that may contain malicious web content from loading
How To Obtain: To install Sophos on a personally owned computer, use the appropriate link below.  For detailed instructions, see "Support & Installation Information" below.

    Download Sophos for Windows - home use

    Download McAfee Removal Tool for Mac OS - run this BEFORE installing Sophos on a Mac
    Download Sophos for Mac OS - home use (this file is hosted on

Do not install the home use version of Sophos on university-owned computers:  visit the Sophos - Departmental

Support & Installation Information: 

MAC USERS:  You should uninstall your current virus protection before installing Sophos.

WINDOWS USERS:  The Sophos installer is designed to remove the university's version of McAfee from your computer as part of its install process, but it will not remove other anti virus programs. 

If you are running a non-university anti-virus program, including home versions of McAfee like McAfee Internet Security, you will need to manually remove that software before trying to install Sophos.

ALL USERS:  When the installation process finishes, Sophos will perform a full update of its virus definitions and all related files.  On a slow Internet connection, this update could take 15 minutes or more.  Your computer will still be usable during the update, but Sophos will not report that it is done installing until the update finishes.

The Sophos installer does not require a reboot, but it is recommended that you restart your computer at some point after the installation to allow the installer to clean up after itself.

Sophos will block access to web content (ads, popups, etc.) that it identifies as containing malware, viruses, or other malicious code.  In some cases, it may prevent you from accessing an entire web site, if that site poses a risk.