Sophos Anti-Virus protection

The Sophos products are designed to detect and remove viruses and other types of malicious software from your computer.

Anti-virus software is vital to help keep both University computers and your personal computer secure.

The UW license for Sophos Home Premium (Commercial edition) protects up to 10 devices. Supported platforms include Windows, Mac OS, iOS, and Android.

The UW license for Sophos Central grants protection for many computers. This suite provides a web-based console to deploy and manage client applications and protection policies for your department/unit.


Mac OS Ventura Known Compatibility Issues, October 25, 2022
BEFORE you upgrade to Mac OS Ventura, please read this Sophos article.


Sophos stand-alone End Node Protection has been “retired” and is no longer supported by Sophos.
UW-IT is no longer distributing this package.
please read this Sophos article.

How to Get Sophos Anti-Virus protection

Personal Use

UW students, faculty, and staff can get Sophos Home Premium free on their personal computers and devices: Register to download Sophos Home Premium for free.

UW-owned computers

The UW Sophos license allows UW students, faculty, and staff to install the UW’s Sophos Home Premium software on 10 University-owned computers at no cost.

Register to download Sophos Home Premium for free.

The Sophos Central Console should be used to deploy and manage protection for large groups of UW-owned devices. The UW license for this product is provided to the department free of charge.

License Details

  • The UW license for Sophos Home Premium grants faculty and staff at UW the right to use the software on up to 10 personally owned or UW-owned computers free of charge.
  • Please use the Sophos Central request form to request a free license for Sophos Central, a web-based management console for your UW-owned computers.

Additional Information

Sophos FAQs

  • You can install Sophos Home Premium on ten personally owned or UW-owned computers.

Usually, yes. The Sophos installer will usually find and remove older versions of Sophos successfully. Still, anti-virus software from other vendors should be removed, following the procedure recommended by the vendor, before the Sophos software is installed.

Sophos Central, a web-based Enterprise Console, is available to UW departmental IT and system administrators to install and manage Sophos Endpoint Protection on their departmental computers free of charge.

Quick Facts

Available for

  • Students
  • Faculty
  • Staff


PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android




  • Free
  • Free for Students
  • Security

Documentation and Support