PC Plus : "Sophos is superb"

March 12, 2002 Sophos Press Release

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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 efficient."

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 too".

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