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Downloading and Installing Sophos Anti-Virus 9

anti-virus software for mac os x (10.11 - 10.13)



Students can download Sophos Home directly from Sophos.


Faculty and Staff

Pre-installation (faculty & staff only)

You will need to remove any existing anti-virus software, such as Norton or McAfee, before installing the BC Sophos software. If you need assistance uninstalling your existing anti-virus software, please contact the Help Center at 617-552-HELP (4357) or

Installing Sophos Anti-Virus (faculty & staff only)

This software should take no more than 5 minutes to install.

  1. Download Sophos Anti-Virus from the software download site to your Desktop (BC sign-in required).
    Note: If you get a message stating that the software is from an unidentified developer, right-click (control-click) on the installer file and select Open to continue with the install. Learn more about this message.
  2. Double-click the BC_Sophos_9 installation file on your desktop & follow the on-screen instructions to install.
    Using High Sierra 10.13 or higher? When installing software downloaded from Boston College for the first time on a Mac with High Sierra 10.13 or higher, you will get an extension block alert after installation. Learn how to fix this extension block to allow Sophos to install.
  3. When prompted, enter your Mac username and password.
  4. After the software is installed, restart your computer.
  5. Drag the BC_Sophos_9 installation files to the Trash.
  6. In the menu bar, click the Sophos shield icon and select Update Now to immediately download and install the software's virus definitions.

NOTE: After the initial update, you do not need to take any special steps to make sure Sophos Anti-virus is up-to-date. Sophos Anti-virus for Mac OS X will update itself automatically.


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