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Sophos Anti-Virus Software

Anti-Virus software is vital to help keep both University computers and your own personal computer secure. Sophos Anti-Virus software is the UW’s preferred choice for UW faculty, staff and students. The Sophos product suite includes stand-alone and managed anti-virus clients for all current (and many older) versions of Windows and Mac OS, and most of the popular UNIX and Linux distributions. It also provides apps for both Android and iOS based mobile devices.

Get Sophos

Sophos Anti-Virus protection is available to UW faculty, staff, students and departments. Which version of Sophos you download depends on the ownership of your computer. Choose the appropriate option:

UW-owned computers

The UW Sophos license allows UW students, faculty, and staff to download the UW’s Sophos software on University-owned computers, servers, and workstations. The software can be installed on unlimited UW-owned computers at no cost.
Get Sophos for UW-owned computers:


Your personal computer or device

UW students, faculty, and staff can get Sophos Home Premium for free on their personal computers and devices. To get Sophos Home Premium, enter your UW email address on the page linked below. You will receive an email with a coupon code and a link to register for your license and download Sophos Home Premium. You can also download basic Sophos Home instead.
Get Sophos Home Premium for your personal computer or device:

Get basic Sophos Home instead:


Departmental IT

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

License Details

The UW Sophos license grants the faculty and staff at the University of Washington the right to use the software on their UW owned computers, to include servers, and workstations.

  • There is no charge for the software.
  • UWare Software Licensing administers this site license.

The Sophos Home Premium (or “Sophos Home Commercial Use Edition”) offer is provided courtesy of Sophos to UW students, faculty, and staff. With an affiliated UW email address, users can get Sophos Home Premium at no cost for their personal computers and devices. This offer may end at any time and without warning. If that happens, please switch to the basic version of Sophos Home. UW employees or students interested in participating in this offer should go to Sophons Home Premium Download Page, agree to the terms, and use their @uw.edu or @u.washington.edu email address to request a coupon code. Sophos will then send an email to that UW address with a coupon code and instructions on next steps. The UW email address is only required for receiving the coupon code–UW users are then welcome to use any email address they choose for registering their account with Sophos.

The Sophos Home software listed below is for use on your personal computer and should not be installed on the UW-owned equipment. Once you have separated from the UW, you must remove the software from your computer.

Sophos Antivirus for home Windows and Macintosh computers  provides the same level of protection as the UW licensed package does. The application can be installed on up to three computers. After free registration you will get a web portal where you can monitor your devices and act on detected issues when needed. Sophos provides free Linux antivirus software. Sophos Antivirus for Linux

More information is available from Sophos:

Documentation and support

Online documentation and support

Need help?

Contact UW-IT at help@uw.edu or call 206-221-5000.