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Does anyone know if Sophos Anti Virus is any good?
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Does anyone know if Sophos Anti Virus is any good?

YmpkerYmpker Member, Provider
edited October 12 in General

We get it for free from Uni :P I'm already using MWB Premium (Lifetime license) and ESET Internet Security. So wondering if Sophos is able to replace either (in terms of being the better choice)?

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  • oneilonlineoneilonline Member, Provider

    Eset Nod32 AntiVirus is the best. The only thing you need.

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  • WSSWSS Member

    As said, ESET is one of the better solutions available for Windows.

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  • YmpkerYmpker Member, Provider

    @oneilonline said: Eset Nod32 AntiVirus is the best. The only thing you need.

    I had NOD 32 before I had Eset Internet Security. Only took Internet Security because there was some deal where I got it (or rather eset multi device) for 20€ & 5 devices for 1 year. NOD32 woudlve been 23€ for 1 device at the same time. I can still install NOD32 instead though. BUT Internet Security being the version with more features I installed that one.

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  • oneilonlineoneilonline Member, Provider

    Nod Antivirus and Nod Internet Security are two different software. The antivirus, is well, and antivirus. The internet security is just malware/shareware protection for your browser and internet access.

    Understandable, because it is tied into the browser and your internet access, it will have more features to tweak/modify the software protection, but it doesn't protect you from viruses. You don't need the internet security unless you are often finding yourself on sketchy websites or downloading questionable files. So if you stay off the porn and bit torrent sites, you should be ok without it ;)

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  • YmpkerYmpker Member, Provider

    @oneilonline said: Nod Antivirus and Nod Internet Security are two different software. The antivirus, is well, and antivirus. The internet security is just malware/shareware protection for your browser and internet access.

    Understandable, because it is tied into the browser and your internet access, it will have more features to tweak/modify the software protection, but it doesn't protect you from viruses. You don't need the internet security unless you are often finding yourself on sketchy websites or downloading questionable files. So if you stay off the porn and bit torrent sites, you should be ok without it ;)

    Doesnt this list imply that ESET Internet Security includes Antivirus as well? https://www.eset.com/us/home/for-windows/

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  • lionlion Member

    Why use an anti virus in the first place

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  • oneilonlineoneilonline Member, Provider

    @Ympker said: Doesnt this list imply that ESET Internet Security includes Antivirus as well? https://www.eset.com/us/home/for-windows/

    Yes, that link DOES include the antivirus part. However, I was referring to them individually, as they are separate programs. You can purchase one or the other, or both together. And as I stated, the internet security is not needed, unless.

  • oneilonlineoneilonline Member, Provider

    @Ympker said: Only took Internet Security

    Is what I read. Wasn't clear you were referring to purchasing BOTH.

  • YmpkerYmpker Member, Provider
    edited October 12

    @oneilonline said:

    @Ympker said: Only took Internet Security

    Is what I read. Wasn't clear you were referring to purchasing BOTH.

    I am confused now. Anyway things are like this: I purchased ESET Multi Device which lets you choose a certain ESET products per device/os. For windows I can choose between NOD32 and Eset Internet Security. I took the Internet Security because it has the same features like NOD32 + some more according to their comparation chart. Hope that clarifies things :P

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  • YmpkerYmpker Member, Provider

    @default said: Grab Eset, or BitDefender.

    I already did..

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  • HarzemHarzem Member
    edited October 12

    Sophos is an enterprise software with excellent signatures. It's a very capable antivirus laboratory, probably better than Eset in some types of protection.

    However, sophos is an enterprise software. When you have 1000 computers and servers in your office intranet, you install sophos, not Eset. I would love to own a company where it would make more sense to choose sophos, it means I'm running a big business.

    For home, not so much. Not because their antivirus signatures suck at home, but because you don't get corporate level attacks at home. You want something easy to use, user-friendly, low on resources, and has cute stuff like "game mode". You don't have game mode in the software of Fortune 500 companies' headquarters, but you want it at home.

    Sophos doesn't have many user configurable options, or scheduled scans, for example. Because in a big business, it's protecting routers and file servers etc, not home users. Most of its configuration is done by a central config server and pushed to users.

    So, pick a home-oriented antivirus like Eset and stick to it. Sophos also makes home versions, but those are the editions probably developed by the interns at the company. They don't care about your $20/year when their other customers are paying $20k/month.

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  • edited October 12

    Had to double check the datestamp because this seems like an argument from 10 years ago when AV was not ubiquitous. Now a lot of the AV programs are loaded with bloatware/adware and are no better than just using the built in WinBloz AV program whatever they call it these days.

    Don't use Kaspersky. US intelligence people seem to think the Russian gov't has put in backdoors. They don't allow any Kaspersky software on gov't computers anymore.

    https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/10/kaspersky-reportedly-modified-its-av-to-help-russia-steal-nsa-secrets/

  • YmpkerYmpker Member, Provider

    @LosPollosHermanos said: Had to double check the datestamp because this seems like an argument from 10 years ago when AV was not ubiquitous. Now a lot of the AV programs are loaded with bloatware/adware and are no better than just using the built in WinBloz AV program whatever they call it these days.

    Don't use Kaspersky. The DoD/NSA seem to think the Russian gov't has put in backdoors. They don't allow any Kaspersky software on gov't computers anymore. https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/10/kaspersky-reportedly-modified-its-av-to-help-russia-steal-nsa-secrets/

    I never brought up Kaspersky?

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  • @Ympker said: >

    I never brought up Kaspersky?

    ...and LET threads never get off track into unrelated things.

  • JarryJarry Member
    edited October 12

    @Harzem said: Sophos is an enterprise software with excellent signatures.

    I think your are mixing Sophos UTM (unified thread management, previously known as Astaro) with Sophos Antivirus. The first one is enterprise-level security appliance (thought there is free home edition too). The later just antivir.

    Sophos UTM is one of the best you can get (although I'd presonally prefer IPFire as not only free, but open-source too). Sophos Antivir is solid product quite comparable with other free alternatives (i.e. AVG or Avast, to name a few). Nod32 may be better, but do not forget it is trialware/payware. But when considering linux alone, Sophos antivir is probably the best free antivirus solution available...

  • lionlion Member
    edited October 12

    Please stop using anti virus software, it makes things worse not better.

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  • edited October 12

    @lion said: Please stop using anti virus software, it makes things worse not better.

    Maybe you are being sarcastic or trolling but whatever, I agree anyways. It causes more problems than it solves 99.999% of the time. I only recommend the built in WinBloz AV/firewall and nothing else.

    Still get a laugh everytime I see someone running 2 or 3 different software firewalls/ AV programs in addition to the built in WinBloz one. Because more better of course! And they wonder why their Puter is slow and various things don't working.

  • YmpkerYmpker Member, Provider

    @LosPollosHermanos said:

    @lion said: Please stop using anti virus software, it makes things worse not better.

    Maybe you are being sarcastic or trolling but whatever, I agree anyways. It causes more problems than it solves 99.999% of the time. I only recommend the built in WinBloz AV/firewall and nothing else.

    Still get a laugh everytime I see someone running 2 or 3 different software firewalls/ AV programs in addition to the built in WinBloz one and they wonder why their Puter is slow and various things not working.

    Well malware tools such as mwb can be really handy. A friends laptop was suuuper slow but avira wouldnt find anything. Then I installed MWB premium free trial and it found 3000!!! PuPs (potentially unwanted programs). I never have found so much trash on a laptop but it was all speedy afterwards. Was tons of Adware, toolbars etc. Friend was not really techy though so yeah. That's what happens^^

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  • edited October 12

    @Ympker said:

    @LosPollosHermanos said:

    @lion said: Please stop using anti virus software, it makes things worse not better.

    Maybe you are being sarcastic or trolling but whatever, I agree anyways. It causes more problems than it solves 99.999% of the time. I only recommend the built in WinBloz AV/firewall and nothing else.

    Still get a laugh everytime I see someone running 2 or 3 different software firewalls/ AV programs in addition to the built in WinBloz one and they wonder why their Puter is slow and various things not working.

    Well malware tools such as mwb can be really handy. A friends laptop was suuuper slow but avira wouldnt find anything. Then I installed MWB premium free trial and it found 3000!!! PuPs (potentially unwanted programs). I never have found so much trash on a laptop but it was all speedy afterwards. Was tons of Adware, toolbars etc. Friend was not really techy though so yeah. That's what happens^^

    Malware a little different. I just run MalWareBytes and then uninstall it otherwise it nags you constantly with adware/updates/whatever and installs itself in background without asking.

    So even MalwareBytes sucks but still somewhat useful sometimes. A lot of these "free" programs are installing trojan malware programs themselves.

  • lionlion Member

    @LosPollosHermanos said:

    Maybe you are being sarcastic or trolling but whatever, I agree anyways. It causes more problems than it solves 99.999% of the time. I only recommend the built in WinBloz AV/firewall and nothing else.

    No, this is my honest opinion.

  • MikeAMikeA Member, Provider

    @LosPollosHermanos said:

    So even MalwareBytes sucks but still somewhat useful sometimes. A lot of these "free" programs are installing trojan malware programs themselves.

    Malwarebytes' is the only anti-malware that I recommend people and use myself. It's not bloated and slow like the majority of others.

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  • doghouchdoghouch Member
    edited October 12

    OR: Run ChromeOS. Has no features, viruses, life, or support.

    /jks

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  • Sophos has home version: https://home.sophos.com/

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  • @Jarry said: I think you are mixing Sophos UTM with Sophos Antivirus...

    Probably, yes. Haven't used Sophos for a while. Thanks.

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  • WSSWSS Member

    @LosPollosHermanos said: Don't use Kaspersky. US intelligence people seem to think the Russian gov't has put in backdoors. They don't allow any Kapersky software on gov't computers anymore.

    Interesting. I stopped using Kaspersky about a year ago when their support suggested that I illegally source supporting software.

    @MikeA said:

    @LosPollosHermanos said:

    So even MalwareBytes sucks but still somewhat useful sometimes. A lot of these "free" programs are installing trojan malware programs themselves.

    Malwarebytes' is the only anti-malware that I recommend people and use myself. It's not bloated and slow like the majority of others.

    That it is. The latest version is pretty polished. If you can find an old copy of MWB for sale with a "lifetime" license, you can install that, then perpetually upgrade forever with no further cost. I two two licenses, even if I only use Windows for auto repairs.

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    @doghouch said: OR: Run ChromeOS. Has no features, viruses, life, or support.

    Neverware is just bad. I tried putting it on a P4 mobile, and ended up going back to a simple Puppy based distribution on the donate machines because it had the CPU perpetually pegged so hard doing nothing.

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  • oneilonlineoneilonline Member, Provider

    @WSS said:

    @LosPollosHermanos said: Don't use Kaspersky. US intelligence people seem to think the Russian gov't has put in backdoors. They don't allow any Kapersky software on gov't computers anymore.

    Interesting. I stopped using Kaspersky about a year ago when their support suggested that I illegally source supporting software.

    Yes, the founder of Kapersky was/is former KGB with ties to higher ups and Putin. It's been known info since their inception, but just now the US/Trump decides this!?! When I first looked into Kapersky years ago, I thought it sounded shady, and went for NOD.

  • oneilonlineoneilonline Member, Provider

    @WSS said:

    @doghouch said: OR: Run ChromeOS. Has no features, viruses, life, or support.

    Neverware is just bad. I tried putting it on a P4 mobile, and ended up going back to a simple Puppy based distribution on the donate machines because it had the CPU perpetually pegged so hard doing nothing.

    That's because the Google search engine is P2P. It was using the resources for the greater good! How did if feel being one with the Google Search Engine? LOL

    JK!

  • edited October 12

    oneilonline said: Interesting

    but just now the US/Trump decides this!?!

    Trump has a major hardon for Putin and Russia. Probably because they buy a lot of his tacky condos. So he will never go along with that. It's being decided for him. He's too busy yelling at clouds to care.

  • WHTWHT Member

    Every anti virus is the same. I mean on the security as everyone copies from the other so you will be protected by all known viruses by all providers. I have used kasperky in years 2006-2010 abd was killing my pc so am not using it anymore. For now am using only malwarebytes and in my opinion no anti virus needed as the hackers are always one step forward as anti viruses. Just dont download things such nulled templates or things from unknown websites.

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  • jlayjlay Member
    edited October 13

    @Harzem said: Sophos is an enterprise software with excellent signatures. It's a very capable antivirus laboratory, probably better than Eset in some types of protection.

    However, sophos is an enterprise software. When you have 1000 computers and servers in your office intranet, you install sophos, not Eset. I would love to own a company where it would make more sense to choose sophos, it means I'm running a big business.

    For home, not so much. Not because their antivirus signatures suck at home, but because you don't get corporate level attacks at home. You want something easy to use, user-friendly, low on resources, and has cute stuff like "game mode". You don't have game mode in the software of Fortune 500 companies' headquarters, but you want it at home.

    Sophos doesn't have many user configurable options, or scheduled scans, for example. Because in a big business, it's protecting routers and file servers etc, not home users. Most of its configuration is done by a central config server and pushed to users.

    So, pick a home-oriented antivirus like Eset and stick to it. Sophos also makes home versions, but those are the editions probably developed by the interns at the company. They don't care about your $20/year when their other customers are paying $20k/month.

    While you're right for the most part, end users can indeed configure Sophos... at least on Linux (using 'savconfig'). Usually just to set exclusions where it makes sense (eg: database datadirs) as 'on-access' scanning really means 'on write', which has performance penalties unacceptable for some workloads. The changes aren't permanent, though - the next time the service is restarted it'll pull the policy again. So while it's not greatly customizable, it is possible in theory.

    Also, I just found out Sophos Home is a thing, and it's free! https://home.sophos.com/ I'm not sure how good it is, but hey, it's there and worth a try considering who it is IMO.

    Edit: Personally, I don't usually bother running AV all the time. Gets in my way too much for me... but I'm also the type that'll write a driver or kernel module for fun. Software like this is immediately suspect of things like that. I have other protection measures in place (eg: disabling JS, DNS-based hostname blocks, good browsing habits, etc), so I don't worry too much. I'll do periodic scans (from within the installation and outside to ensure no 'rooting' happened) but they always come back clean.

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  • MikeAMikeA Member, Provider

    @WHT said: Every anti virus is the same.

    This isn't the smartest thing I've read today. But you're right, don't download cracked software and porn and you'll be ok.

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  • WHTWHT Member

    @MikeA said:

    @WHT said: Every anti virus is the same.

    This isn't the smartest thing I've read today. But you're right, don't download cracked software and porn and you'll be ok.

    Why are not same then? You think the one have more protection then the other?

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  • DylanDylan Member

    jlay said: Also, I just found out Sophos Home is a thing, and it's free! https://home.sophos.com/ I'm not sure how good it is, but hey, it's there and worth a try considering who it is IMO.

    Really, really good, actually. The poster you quoted was pretty off base about it.

  • @WSS said: As said, ESET is one of the better solutions available for Windows.

    Yeah they are good at detecting malware and pups but their https scanning slowed my 500 down connection to about 200 down so I switched to another av even though you can disable it

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