The March 2002 edition of PC Plus magazine reviewed Sophos
Anti-Virus, praising its quality detection rates and awarding it a
score of 9/10.
According to PC Plus, Sophos Anti-Virus "sticks with a winning
formula and concentrates on improving the virus scanning engine.
Sophos Anti-Virus has a long-standing reputation for excellence,
especially in the corporate world."
PC Plus praised Sophos's powerful InterCheck technology: "Once
installed, Sophos doesn't quite work in the same way as other virus
scanners. Rather than placing higher demands on your PC by using
the usual memory-resident real-time scanner check on every file as
it's accessed, Sophos uses its patented InterCheck system, which
feeds each file through a sophisticated process before Windows gets
its hands on it. On larger directories, this proves to be very
Sophos's detection rates were also praised, correctly detecting
and identifying all of the viruses it was tested against. PC Plus
continued, "The network scanning features and centralised
administration are a boon if you manage more than one machine
The review noted that Sophos is focused on protecting corporate
enterprises rather than single home users, and concluded: "There's
no doubting the fact that Sophos Anti-Virus is well respected,
solid and secure. The lack of a fancy graphical interface shouldn't
put anyone off, as you're paying for a stable scanning engine which
manages to combine excellent performance with a cracking turn of
speed, while most of the competition concentrates on one or the
other. The program is expensive for home users when viewed next to
the competition - and a little unfriendly - but that doesn't dent
the fact that Sophos is superb."
The full review can be read in the March 2002 issue of PC Plus,
or online at http://www.pcplus.co.uk