Free Antivirus software (Sophos Home)

Sophos  is an enterprise level antivirus software package used by Government departments, corporations and Universities worldwide. UNE has an enterprise level antivirus software a site license which covers:

Sophos Home is offered as a free and paid edition, the free edition is a product can be be installed on staff home computers and student computers if you are looking for an option for free antivirus software ( see the below headings for more information ).

  • Student and Staff Personal Home Computers (one to 10 devices per person)

Please click on the links below for more information on installing Sophos Home on home computers.

Note: It is recommended that you install an antivirus software whether that is Sophos or an alternative product, Sophos Home is one of many free antivirus products that are available, however UNE is not responsible for any misuse, hardware failure, or issues that arise from its installation and usage.

Antivirus for Personal Computers

Link to Sophos Home for personal computers

The University is providing FREE antivirus software for Student and Staff Personal (Home) Computers (Sophos Home)

Follow the step-by-step instructions on the Sophos Home website to set up an account and to download and install. After that, Sophos automatically updates its antivirus database while you remain a student or staff member – saving you hundreds of dollars!

Please go to to get started.

Note: The installer on the Sophos page will install Sophos Home with a 30-day trial of Sophos Premium. After 30 days, the license will revert back to Sophos Home - your computer will still be protected at this point, even if you don't opt into the Premium subscription.

Setting Up Sophos Home Account

Step 1: Go to and click on "Sign In" -> Create New Account

Step 2: Use you UNE email address to register for your account.

Step 3: Check your UNE email for the confirmation email and click on the link on the email to activate your account.

Step 4: You will be taken back to the Sophos Home login page. Login with your password to finalise the account set up.

Follow the instructions on-screen to install Sophos Home on your current device (and on additional devices if required)

Getting Help

Sophos offers a comprehensive help website with information on installing the software and how to use the software once installed.

Please refer to for any questions.

Note: It is recommended that you install this software, however UNE is not responsible for any misuse, hardware failure, or issues that arise from its installation and usage.

Other Antivirus Software

A list of the notable antivirus software packages that might be installed on your computer.

Please note: this is not a comprehensive list and this list in no way represents a recommendation or endorsement by the University:

  • AVG Free Edition
  • BitDefender Online Scan System
  • ClamWin
  • ClamXav
  • McAfee VirusScan for Windows
  • Kaspersky Anti-Virus Personal Pro
  • ESET NOD32 Antivirus
  • Avast! Home Edition
  • Panda Antivirus Platinum
  • Norton AntiVirus
  • HandyBits
  • Hijack this Software
  • AhnLab V3 Internet Sercurity
  • eSafe
  • Command Antivirus(tm) for Windows
  • Avira AntiVir
  • eTrust Antivirus
  • Dr. Web
  • F-Prot Antivirus
  • F-Secure Anti-Virus
  • GFI MailSecurity for Microsoft Exchange/SMTP
  • GFI WebMonitor for ISA Server
  • ViRobot Expert
  • Microsoft Security Essentials
  • Microsoft Forefront Client Security
  • eScan
  • Norman Virus Control (NVC)
  • Protector Plus
  • PC-cillin 2003
  • TrustPort Antivirus
  • TrustPort PC Security

For advice on how to uninstall your current antivirus software please contact the vendor of your software package.

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