Sophos Home Antivirus for Faculty, Staff, and Student Personal Computers

(Please note: this article does not apply to domain computers managed by Concordia ITS)

Concordia Information Technology Services strongly recommends that faculty, staff, and students install and maintain an up-to-date antivirus program on their Windows and Mac personal computers. Sophos Home Antivirus is a highly rated free antivirus program that provides good protection while not slowing down computer performance significantly. Of course, there's no substitute for best computer security practices such as not clicking on suspicious links in web pages and email messages.

Step 1) Navigate to using any web browser, such as Chrome, Firefox, or Safari, fill in your first name, last name, email address, and preferred password, then click on "Create Account."


Step 2) You should now see a page explaining that a confirmation email has been sent.


Step 3) Go to your email inbox and check for the confirmation message. If the email doesn't show up in your inbox, check your SPAM folder and/or click on the blue “Resend confirmation email” link at the bottom of the Confirm Email page. The confirmation email looks like this:


Step 4) After clicking on “Confirm Email” a new tab will open with a login screen. Input the password you selected when setting up the account and click on "Log In."


Step 5) Click on “Install” under "Add this computer."


Step 6) Download and run the installation software. (Additional instructions are provided through the green “Getting Started” button at the bottom of the page.)


Step 7) On Windows PC's, the installer will now open and look like this. Click on the “Install" and, if prompted, choose “I trust this publisher.”


Step 8) Click on “Finish” to complete the installation process.


Step 9) Choose "Scan Now" to detect and remove any malware that may be on your computer.


For additional questions and product support, please contact Sophos directly via

Last updated by Christopher Williams on 6/3/16