Sophos Stops Viruses on Mac OS X
Lynnfield, MA – Sophos, a world leader in protecting businesses from spam
and viruses, today announced the release of Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac OS X,
a product designed to protect computers running Macintosh operating system
10.2 and above from all known viruses.
Ideal for multi-national organizations, Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac OS X is
available in five languages: English, French, Spanish, German and Japanese.
It allows users to perform on-demand scanning of files and folders and its
on-access scanner safeguards computers by detecting and disinfecting both
Macintosh and non-Macintosh viruses. Any file that is identified as being
infected will not be allowed to run, ensuring that the computer remains
Keeping anti-virus protection updated is critical and Sophos Anti-Virus for
Mac OS X enables the automatic updates of all desktops, whether they are
connected to a local area network or to the internet. Remote users can
ensure that their systems are up-to-date, even if they cannot access the
network, with automatic updates from their company’s website. Reporting
can also be sent to a remote location. Sophos Anti-Virus uses Mac OS X’s
own SMTP client to send alert messages, therefore if a user is disconnected
from the network, messages will queue until a connection is found, ensuring
no alerts are lost. This also allows the administrator to be kept abreast
of all updating activities and virus incidents.
Unlike anti-virus products from other vendors, Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac OS
X offers a central configuration of updating and anti-virus settings,
including the ability to manually administer virus identity files.
Administrators can create a central installation source and install to all
networked Macs automatically using XServer tools such as Network Install to
provide automatic updates as needed.
“Despite the popular misconception that Mac users aren’t affected by
viruses, Apple customers need to take the virus threat seriously,” said
Phil Wood, product manager for Sophos Anti-Virus. “Sophos’s latest
anti-virus solution ensures that all Mac users are protected, whether in
the office or on the road, and it also allows third-party developers to
incorporate virus-scanning into their own products.”
Users who choose to access the Unix operating system directly on Mac OS X
will benefit from the availability of a command line version of Sophos
Anti-Virus, allowing administrators to run it through the Mac Terminal
The enhanced security model prevents end users from disabling their
anti-virus software. Users need to have administrative rights in order to
install and/or remove Sophos Anti-Virus or change any of the System
Preferences, including enabling and disabling InterCheck.
For a demonstration of Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac OS X, visit Sophos at
MacWorld in Boston from
July 13-15, 2004 at booth 632. Sophos is a proud sponsor of the MacWorld
Conference and Exposition.
Sophos is a world leading developer of anti-virus and anti-spam software.
The company protects businesses and organizations – from small enterprises
to academic and financial institutions to governments and global
corporations – against viruses and spam. Sophos is acclaimed for delivering
the highest level of customer satisfaction and protection in the industry.
The company’s products are sold and supported in more than 150 countries.
For further information, visit: www.sophos.com