Sophos Anti-Virus For Home Use

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Sophos allowed for Home computer use to Faculty and Staff

Full-time CCRI faculty and staff can use this licensed software at home on a single computer/laptop. This software is provided "as is" and the College claims no responsibility for its compatibility with other software or hardware. It is supported up to the point of installation.

How do I get the Sophos software for home?

To install Sophos on a personally owned computer, use the appropriate link below.  For detailed instructions, see "Support/Installation Information."

Please do not install the home use version of Sophos on CCRI-owned computers.

Support & Installation Information


  • CCRI login account
  • Supported Operating Systems:
    • Windows 2000 and above, including 64-bit versions of Windows XP, 2003, Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8
    • Note: Windows 95, 98, ME, and NT4 SP6a are no longer supported
    • Mac OSX 10.4 and above, Mac OSX 10.8 Mountain Lion
  • Disk Space: 160 MB
  • Recommended Memory: 256 MB
  • Important: You must uninstall any other anti-virus and anti-spyware programs on your computer before installing Sophos. Anti-virus programs are generally incompatible with each other, and installing them together may cause serious system issues.

MAC Users

You should uninstall your current virus protection before installing Sophos.

Windows Users

You should uninstall your current virus protection before installing Sophos.

All Users

When the installation process finishes, Sophos will perform a full update of its virus definitions and all related files.  On a slow Internet connection, this update could take 15 minutes or more.  Your computer will still be usable during the update, but Sophos will not report that it is done installing until the update finishes.

The Sophos installer does not require a reboot, but it is recommended that you restart your computer at some point after the installation to allow the installer to clean up after itself.

Sophos will block access to web content (ads, popups, etc.) that it identifies as containing malware, viruses, or other malicious code.  In some cases, it may prevent you from accessing an entire web site, if that site poses a risk.

How does Sophos protect me?

Sophos Anti-Virus, like its competitors Norton and McAfee, works in two ways: it prevents viruses from executing, and it removes them if it finds that one has already executed. In order to do this, Sophos maintains a database of known viruses and how to remove them, and updates the anti-virus program periodically to ensure that the computer is protected from the newest threats. Sophos constantly watches the computer, and when it notices a virus trying to execute its code, Sophos will stop it from running and quarantine the file (i.e. lock it up in a special directory where it is unable to harm the computer). Sophos can also be run by the user if an infection is suspected; it will scan the files and folders on the computer, stop any viruses from running, and remove the associated files to the quarantine.

It is important to have antivirus software on the computer to protect not only the computer from damage viruses can cause, but the havoc caused to the campus network. Some viruses are malicious and destructive causing destruction to an individual’s data and can also bring a network to a near halt.

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Last Updated: 12/21/16