Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac OS X

Home Edition release notes

About these release notes

These are the release notes for Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac OS X Home Edition.

Version 9


Sophos Anti-Virus


June 2018


November 2017


September 2017


February 2017


October 2016

Version 9.6.8

Updated components

The threat detection engine has been updated to 3.73.0. For information about the changes to the threat detection engine, see the Sophos Threat Detection Engine release notes.

Version 9.6.6

New features

Resolved issues

Issue ID



Improved compatibility with macOS High Sierra (10.13).

Version 9.6.5

New features

Resolved issues

Issue ID



Resolved an issue preventing on-demand scans working with certain APFS volumes.

Version 9.6.1

New features

Resolved issues

Issue ID



Stability improvements for the on-access scanner.


Performance and compatibility improvements for Time Machine.


Improved performance when opening Adobe Illustrator files from network locations.

Version 9.5.3

Resolved issues

Issue ID



Improved compatibility with Gatekeeper in macOS Sierra 10.12.


Resolved a software crash when identifying drives without UUID info.


Resolved an issue with AutoUpdate when using proxy PAC scripts.


Resolved an issue with the installer. It should not hang when telemetry cannot be sent.


Resolved an issue with false reports of the software not running after updates.


Resolved an issue with Time Machine backups being slowed down by the on-access scanner.

Known issues and limitations

Issue ID Description
  The SAV OS X installer will download a full version of SAV OS X when it performs its first auto-update.
DEF89762 The Scan now with Sophos Anti-Virus item in the Finder contextual menu may sometimes not be displayed correctly.
  Issues with copying infected files to a quarantine folder.

If the immediate scanner moves or copies an infected file to a quarantine folder, the action is intercepted by the on-access scanner. This is because Spotlight indexes the quarantine folder when a file is quarantined there. To work around this, in the Spotlight preferences, put the quarantine folder into the list of excluded folders.

Additional information

  • Authentication caching in OS X may prevent you from unlocking the preferences panel immediately after an upgrade. To unlock the preferences panel, log out, then log in to your Mac again.
  • After you install Sophos Anti-Virus, the Scan with Sophos Anti-Virus command is not immediately contained in a Finder shortcut menu. It appears when you log in to your Mac again.
  • After you uninstall Sophos Anti-Virus, the Scan with Sophos Anti-Virus command is still present in a Finder shortcut menu. It disappears when you log in to your Mac again.

Technical support

You can find technical support in any of these ways:

Sophos does not provide technical support by telephone or email for Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac: Home Edition.

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