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Block Viruses

Viruses are malicious computer programs that can cause harm to your computer and then spread to other computers to do the same. Viruses can have harmful effects, such as slowing down your computer, stealing or destroying data, or giving hackers control over your computer. Viruses can attach themselves to other programs or hide in code that runs automatically when you open certain types of files. Sometimes viruses exploit security flaws in your computer’s operating system to run and spread automatically. Sophos Home block viruses by leveraging the vast, continuously updated SophosLabs database of threats in addition to leveraging real-time behavioral detection technologies to seek out and block threats.

Sophos Home Free includes a free 30-day trial of Premium plus an immediate Advanced Malware Removal to thoroughly clean your computer of any current malware infections.

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System Requirements as of 30 January 2019

Windows 7, 8/8.1, or 10
Minimum 1 GB of free disk space / Minimum 1 GB of RAM

macOS 10.11, 10.12, 10.13, or 10.14
Minimum 4 GB of free disk space / Minimum 4 GB of RAM

Supported Browsers: Microsoft Edge / Internet Explorer 10 /
Apple Safari / Google Chrome / Mozilla Firefox

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