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Mac Virus Removal

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  • 10/14/2019 11:53 AM

For anti-virus protection on personal and University-Owned computers, the University of Michigan Flint currently recommends Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac.

Intended Audience

This Quicknote is for the benefit of faculty, staff, and students who own Mac computers.


To install Sophos, you must have a Mac with OSX 10.8.x (Mountain Lion) or newer. To check what version of OSX you have to follow the directions below:
  1. Click the Apple Menu button at the top left.
  2. Click About This Mac.
  3. Under OS X it says the version number of the operating system.

Installing Sophos (Personal devices)

*Note it is recommended to uninstall all other anti-virus programs prior to installing Sophos. Directions for removing an older version of Sophos can be found here:
  1. To download Sophos, go to
  2. Under Mac OS, Click Sophos Antivirus for Mac Home Edition
  3. Under Sophos Mac Home, click the Download Now button.
  4. Once finished downloading, open the SophosInstall folder and double-click the Sophos Installer.
  5. Follow the on-screen prompts to finish the installation. You will notice the Sophos shield present in the macOS menu bar.

University-Owned Devices

University-Owned Macs come preloaded with Crowdstrike Falcon antivirus software, additional antivirus is not needed.

Additional Information

For additional information about how to protect your computer, see our Protecting Your Computer Quicknote at the following link:


If you have any questions or experience any issues with this Quicknote, please visit or contact the ITS Helpdesk for assistance.

Location: 206 Murchie Science Building
Phone: (810) 762-3123 (option 1)

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