This is a lot easier on Windows, as there are millions of threats aimed at it.However, with the current level of infections on the Mac so low, how do you know if a particular piece of software is working and effective?On retrospect, this is a little arrogant, especially considering most Mac users are unprotected – and if a Mac nasty were released in the wild, it would catch a lot of users out.Keeping the world’s computers as safe and clean as possible is a good thing no matter what platform you are using.
Alternatively, users can be allowed to visit a page after being given a warning that Sophos will make a note of their visit in the parent's log if they proceed.Once downloaded, unlike most Mac apps, this requires installation rather than just copying into your Applications folder – and it needs your admin password. Sophos runs in the background, placing an icon in the menu bar.This lets you know when it is scanning or updating. Once installed and updated, it sits quietly, updating periodically.The utility also scans unopened archive files such as ZIPs.Austria's AV-Comparatives lab tested a series of Sophos Home's competitors -- but not Sophos Home itself -- in July 2017.Whether or not you think Mac anti-virus is necessary, is there any harm to having it installed?After all it, doesn’t suck resources, require time to maintain and update it, and its free. Two of the free options it tested (Avast Free Mac Security and AVG Anti Virus for Mac) detected 99.9 percent of malware, catching 686 out of 687 malicious files.Unlike other free Mac antivirus solutions, Sophos Home is rich with bonus features.Sophos Home is free, and its Mac version requires a Apple computer running mac OS 10.12 Sierra or one of the two previous versions (OS X 10.11 El Capitan and 10.10 Yosemite) with 1GB of RAM and 1GB of free disk space.Sophos Home uses traditional signature-based malware identification and heuristic behavioral-based monitoring to identify suspicious files.