Install Sophos Antivirus

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A 4-year free subscription is provided to all MCLA employees and students for use on their personally owned devices. Here are the instructions on how to setup a free Sophos Home account then download and install this software.

  • 1. Go the MCLA/Sophos website here: and enter your MCLA email address
  • 2. Click “Get Sophos Home” button
  • 3. Open the email that was sent to your MCLA email address
  • 4. If you don’t have an account, click “Create Account” button
  • 5. Enter your first name, last name, MCLA email address, and set a password
  • 6. The “Unique Coupon Code” should already be pasted in the page, otherwise copy it into the page from the email
  • 7. Click “Create Account”
  • 8. Another email should be sent to your email to confirm your account
  • 9. Open the email and click “Confirm Email” button
  • 10. Another web page should open (Sophos login page) and log in with your email address and the password you set
  • 11. On the next page that opens, in the box that says “Protect this PC”, click the “Download” button
  • 12. Save the download file onto your computer and then open it
  • 13. On Windows, click “Yes” to allow the program to make changes to your computer
  • 14. The “Sophos Extractor” will install. Let it load
  • 15. When the Sophos installer opens, click “Install”, then let the program install
  • 16. After the installation is complete, click “Finish” on the last window that opens
  • 17. Sophos Home and Sophos Diagnostic Utility should be installed on your computer