Sophos Home Premium Antivirus - Review

Sophos Home Premium Antivirus - Review

Sophos Home is a brand previously known mainly for the free version of its antivirus. However, for some time now, the company has decided to abandon the free suite, focusing its efforts on Sophos Home Premium, the paid package that expands the already quite complete functions that users were used to using with the version. free.

Sophos Home Premium is configured as a suite suitable mainly for the most basic users, while still offering good protection and the possibility of installing the antivirus on up to ten devices.

Click here to subscribe to Sophos Home Premium, starting from € 37.46 per year And we can see the simplicity right away, given that the plan is unique in terms of features offered, so you will not have to extricate yourself from various comparative tables to understand which version is more suitable for your needs, rather you just have to choose an annual, two-year or three-year plan and immediately start using all the features included in the suite.

Ep plans rezzi

1 year | € 37.46 instead of € 49.95 2 years | € 67.46 instead of € 89.95 3 years | € 81.21 instead of € 114.95

Antivirus App

After installing the suite, which takes up about 1.5 GB of disk space and introduces 18 background processes, we immediately tried a scan of about 50 GB of data , which took just under an hour. The next scan cut the time in half, but overall we weren't impressed with the speed of Sophos Home.

However, with a significant impact on the system (just under 6% according to PCMark Professional benchmarks) , the suite has withstood tampering attempts well, therefore, despite the considerable number of background processes, none of the operations we performed (deleting files, stopping processes, etc.) had an impact on the protection offered by Sophos.

The scan The complete system is not customizable and the ability to perform a quick scan is missing, just as it is not possible to scan removable devices or perform other types of scans.

There is the option in the context menu of File Explorer, useful for analyzing specific files, folders or drives. In any case, it is not possible to perform analyzes if a system scan is already in progress.

The simplicity of Sophos Home also extends to the icon in the system tray, which does not offer any menus. So, in general, the company's motto “Cybersecurity made simple” is applied verbatim to every single area of ​​the Sophos Home Premium suite.

On the other hand, you will have everything at your fingertips, including remote management of the various devices, so if you use the suite at a family level, you can manage the protection of the devices of the whole family directly from this interface, especially useful if you are the only one in the house who knows how to use a computer.

Here you can also schedule any scans on the Protection tab, choose various levels of exploit protection, and much more. However, here we really get into the technical and, considering that the options are all active by default, if you are not so familiar with these aspects, it is better not to touch them.

In any case, it is a positive aspect that, despite the excessive simplicity of the app, it is still possible to access more detailed and advanced settings from the web interface.


Unfortunately Sophos is not included for some time among the brands subject to testing by some independent laboratories, such as SE-Labs. However, according to MRG Effitas, Sophos ranks among the best in protecting against ransomware, banking-level malware and other threats.

In our tests, we employed some custom programs, downloaded malicious files and simulated ransomware attacks.

At the behavioral analysis level, Sophos Home Premium ignored most of the tools we used, however the antivirus engine immediately detected and quarantined dangerous files. Indeed, our custom ransomware was blocked even before it was able to intervene on documents, unlike other antiviruses that are activated only after the file encryption starts.

Unfortunately, the data is no longer complete with a lot, but we hope that AV-Comparatives and AV-Test will start testing Sophos again sooner or later.

Blocking URLs and content

At the blocking level of malicious URLs, a simple level of web protection which however only works with some specific browsers, namely Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.

Unfortunately, false positives must be managed by going to the whitelist in the console settings, the positive side, However, you will be able to apply restrictions to other users, as long as they stay on a supported browser.

Unfortunately, Sophos is spartan even in extra features, however a content filter system is available, suitable for cont rollo parents. Unfortunately, however, it is very basic and includes three types of sites, a list of sites for adults and inappropriate content, one dedicated to social networks and the world of computing and another for general interests. In addition, there are several areas that you can block, such as drugs, violence, networking and so on; they are all active by default, but you can deactivate them at will.

Unfortunately the tool does not go into more detail, it is not possible to choose, for example, to block only social networks. And although there is a whitelist of authorized domains, there is no blacklist to permanently prevent access to certain sites.

Again, the system only works on the browsers mentioned above. If a user decides to use an alternative browser, for example DuckDuckGo, there will be no way to prevent access to restricted sites.

In any case, if you want to protect younger children or otherwise not enough experts, this tool may prove useful.

Webcam protection and other features

In the area of ​​privacy, Sophos Home offers only one tool, namely monitoring against violations of the webcam.

In our tests we obtained mixed results: if on the one hand it is effective in signaling attempts to acquire images from the webcam, on the other we have noticed that during the use of the webcam through websites web, Sophos Home showed only a small notification, but without the ability to grant or deny access to the webcam. Furthermore, the application does not keep track of our decisions, so we will always be asked whether to approve / deny access for the same apps or processes.

Again, this is an all too basic tool which may also tempt you to turn it off, given the repetition of the notifications.

Sophos indicates the presence of other features, but it was not easy to put them to the test. First, the company claims that Sophos Home protects passwords by preventing malware from stealing usernames and passwords from system memory, however we haven't had a chance to test this claim.

The company also claims that the suite also protects banking and credit card information from malicious people, while also neutralizing keyloggers. We could only verify the last part: we started our own keylogger and tested various sites on Chrome. Sophos proved effective, as it changed keylogger recorded keystrokes and rendered them unusable.

Unfortunately, the same has not happened to other applications, including the Windows desktop and Outlook, but in general it is a useful feature. .


More experienced users may not appreciate the simplicity of Sophos Home Premium Antivirus. On the other hand, those looking for simple and centralized management of antivirus protection on different devices, might find it interesting, especially in the case of discounts.

Click here to subscribe to Sophos Home Premium, starting from € 37.46 per year

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