Many of the Mac lovers seem to believe that viruses can only hit Windows based computers and Mac is virtually safe from any malware infection. Even though security experts had not seen Mac infections earlier but this is not the case anymore. More and more Macs are becoming infected with malware. Seeing this new trend, the leading security vendor Sophos has released an antivirus for Mac called the Sophos Antivirus for Mac. It is free for home use.
Sophos Antivirus home edition will keep your Mac safe from viruses, trojans, worms and malware without getting in your way. It gives you high quality protection without slowing your Mac down. It is a free of cost and full featured antivirus. It runs in the background and scans files for threats whenever your Mac opens them. It comes with an uninstaller in case you want to remove it.
You can download Sophos Antivirus home edition from the web site at http://www.sophos.com/freemacav. The download is offered in the popular DMG format. This DMG file auto-mounts on your Mac system and you can choose to install from it. The installation requires at least 150MB free space on your hard disk. The installation is a breeze and completes in few seconds.
Sophos antivirus for Mac provides both the on-access scanning of files and folders and also the on-demand scanning for malware. With the on-access protection, whenever you access (copy, move, or open) a file, Sophos antivirus scans the file and grants access to it only if it does not pose a threat to your Mac. By default, on-access scanning is turned on and pre-configured with the recommended settings for protection. The following picture shows how the Sophos antivirus catches a virus with on-access protection.
Sophos antivirus for Mac home edition also provides you with the on-demand scanning. An on-demand scan is a scan that you initiate. If you want to scan a drive, folder or file, then you can use the on-demand scanning. You can choose to scan all of the local drives or you can create a custom scan and pick up which items to scan.
Sophos antivirus for Mac supports auto-updating feature, so you do not have to worry about keeping your virus database up-to-date. If you share your files with Windows users, then it can also help you detect Windows based malware in addition to the malware targetting Mac only. Sophos antivirus for Mac is really helpful for protecting your Mac computer. This has indeed filled in the void of an antivirus for Mac systems.