Sophos Antivirus Review

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3 /5
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$ 45 Yearly /mo
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    Our Verdict

    Sophos has a decent list of features and offers users a competitive product in terms of value for money. The home package is available in a free or paid option.  Take a look at Intego for a package focused on personal or home computers.

    Pros

    • Award-winning AI technology for scanning and data protection
    • Remote system access
    • Customizable parenting controls

    Cons

    • A maximum of 10 devices on premium
    • Company primary focus is business protection
    • Live chat reserved for premium customers
    • Products only available through resellers and partners
    • Limited product options

    Overview of Sophos

    Sophos' cloud-based system using AI technology to enhance their products. A computer software company for business and home cybersecurity with more than 30 years of experience. 

    How to setup and uninstall

    Installation is straightforward and prompts throughout the process.

    1. Register a Sophos Home account
    2. Log in to your Home Dashboard
    3. From the dashboard, click 'Download.'
    4. Allow the program to run, then click 'Run it.'
    5. After the download is complete, It will direct you to the dashboard
    6. Click 'Add device.'
    7. Select the best-suited option to complete install

    Uninstalling is relatively simple as well:

    Windows:

    1. Right-click on 'Start' and select 'Apps and Features.'
    2. Double click on Sophos (If prompted to restart, so so and restart the process)
    3. On the next window click 'Uninstall
    4. Once complete head to your dashboard and remove the device

    Mac:

    1. Open magnifying glass
    2. Type 'Remove Sophos Home'
    3. On the next screen click 'Continue
    4. When prompted, enter password
    5. Allow 'Uninstall' to run then click finish

    Features

    Both versions of the Home package offer AI, web protection, and Remote management. The paid option does offer better personal protection and live chat.

    General 

    Money Back Guarantee

    No

    Free Version

    Yes

    Platform

    MacOS, Windows, Android, IOS

    Parental Controls

    Yes

    Email Protection

    Yes

    Chat

    Yes

    VPN Services

    Yes

     Smartphone Optimizer

    Yes

    USB Virus Scan 

    Yes

    Automated Virus Scans

    Yes

    Game Mode

    No

    Safe Browser

    Yes

    Passive Mode

    Yes

    Threat Protection 

    Anti-Spyware

    Yes

    Anti-worm

    Yes

    Anti-Trojan

    Yes

    Anti-Rootkit

    Yes

    Anti-Phishing

    Yes

    Anti-spam

    Yes

    Adware Prevention

    Yes

    Scanning

    Automated or manual scanning allows Sophos to check for active threats as well as traces left by previous systems. 

    Pricing 

    Plan

    Price

    Number of Devices

    Top Features

    Sophos Home Premium

    $45 (1 Year)

    Up to 10

    Parenting Filter, Premium Support, Malware remover, Advance Web Security 

    Discount

    When downloading the free version, users are given a 30 day free trial to the premium package. The paid version discounts on offer when purchasing increase based on the validity duration of the license.

    Privacy and Security

    Privacy

    The software offers banking and identity protection by encrypting data and passwords. It also alerts you if a third party is trying to access your device or webcam.

    Security

    AI threat protection scans files before running them on your computer, stopping threats before they access 

    Performance and Protection

    As the system is cloud-based, you can access and manage the protection from any device on your approved list.

    Malware

    Scanning removes any threats detected along with traces of those previously removed. 

    Ransomware

    Detects changes to data and reverts affected files back to pre-affected state after removing the threat.

    Phishing Detection

    Sites detected as fraudulent or with phishing activity are blocked, and access prevented. 

    Spyware

    AI monitors programs for suspicious patterns and behavior, removing anything that may threaten your device.

    Firewall

    Nex-Gen firewall exposed unknown risks blocks access to the source of the threat before further exposure.

    Lab Results

    The latest results in July 2019 boast high scores and rage reviews from AV-Test, PC Mag, and other labs. These results appear to be for the Sophos Next-Gen Business Model.

    Ease of Use and Interface

    The dashboard has a clean layout listing devices registered and management options available.

    Customer Support

    Sophos users have 24/7 access to the Knowledge that provides FAQ and video answers to noted concern and technical questions.

    Customer support is available Monday - Friday, US Eastern Time. Contact details for your country listed on the support page on the website. A live chat option is available to premium users.