Sophos has responded quickly to reports of a problem with its free antivirus package for Apple Mac users.
Keith Dawson, a US user of the software and installed it on his home system. The code identified a couple of potential problems but when the tried to use the Time Machine backup software he found that 19 months of data was missing.
"Nineteen months of my Mac life gone, poof. Had Sophos managed to delete or damage the sparsebundle? Had Time Machine damaged it for some reason when I killed the Sophos process?"
The blog posting was put up on Slashdot and started getting hits from all over the world, which led Watchdog to ask Sophos for comment.
"We've seen the guy's blog post (in fact we were in touch with him before he posted it, so it's unfortunate that Slashdot is saying he hasn't had any response from us!)said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for Sophos.
"In our investigations and testing, we've found no incompatibilities with Time Machine. Hundreds of thousands of people are already using the free Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac Home Edition, and as far as I'm aware, this is the only user who has reported a possible problem with TM. For what it's worth, I use the free Mac product on my computers at home - all of which are backing up via Time Machine. I've had no problems."
The company has said it is looking into the problem and will report back. If any users are having similar problems send a message to the Watchdog's kennel.
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