Sophos Home Free Antivirus for Windows PC


  1. Anti-virus software is probably the most important choice consumers make about software, given the consequences of a bad product.

    So, I’m curious—how many hours did you test this program? Ten? Twenty? A hundred?

    Surely not less then ten. I mean, to recommend an anti-virus program without extensively testing it–that’s almost like malpractice for a tech writer, isn’t it?

  2. Looks interesting but on their web page they describe it as “Sophos Home Beta”. Hmm! Also, I don’t really like the idea of having to create an account and to access an online “dashboard” to make changes to the program. Nonetheless, one to keep in mind. It will be interesting to see how reviewers rate it as it becomes more established in the free a/v market.

  3. Matt, Recommend? Test? We have said this on more than one occasion here on this site. We do not test anything for tens or hundreds of hours! We install it and take the freeware for a run and then write about its features, etc. We then leave it to the reader to decide if they want to use it.

    For detailed testings you can refer sites like av-test or av-comparatives. They spend not hours, but days & even months testing security products!

    Sophos is a very good security company, and one might therefore safely assume that it would be a good product.

  4. I just think it’s ridiculous–and in this case, dangerous–to recommend software that you haven’t actually used, and I will continue to point that out as long as you continue to do so.

  5. “Sophos is a very good security company, and one might therefore safely assume that it would be a good product.”
    Since when and why? because it’s free? Sophos has NEVER been a very good security company, I’ve seen them come in DEAD LAST in AV comparatives time after time, now all of a sudden because they offer something for free we are all supposed to jump on board now with this? I don’t think so.
    Your opinion on the software matters not, you have neither downloaded it, used it or tested it so honestly you CANNOT make an unbiased opinion of it and should not attempt to do so.

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