Sophos Home is a free-for-personal-use antivirus package with an emphasis on extreme simplicity.

The program console offers hardly any options. You can launch a full scan, look at the status of the various components, click "Help" or "About", and that's it.

But wait: there's more here than first appears. You get real-time protection, on-demand scanning, Explorer integration for quick checks (right-click a file or folder, select "Scan with Sophos Home"), even web filtering for blocking access to dangerous sites.

There are a few settings available in a web dashboard, too. You're able to remotely launch a scan; enable/ disable real-time protection, "potentially unwanted applications" detection and web filtering; block sites by category as a basic form of parental control; add antivirus, website or application exceptions, and view recent device events.

The dashboard isn't restricted to a single system. Add other family PCs or Macs - up to a maximum of 10 - and they'll all be displayed, allowing you to manage them from one place.

Please note, the download link takes you to a login form. You must click "Create account", register a free Sophos account and add a PC or Mac before you can download the software.


Sophos Home doesn't do very much, but its mix of extreme simplicity, low impact on system resources and remote management will appeal to some.