Expert Panda Security Review 2018

In a nutshell: Panda Security comes with a full internet security suite, and, in addition to the basic antivirus features, Panda Security also offers a firewall, safe browser, network manager, and email protection. Although Panda Security has high performance levels in protecting against threats, it tends to slow down computer processes during scans.

Overview

Panda Antivirus offers a comprehensive selection of packages to suit the needs of different customers. Each package allows customers to try out the product with a free trial. According to AV Test, Panda Antivirus’s high detection and removal rate make it one of the leading antiviruses. Their systems work with both PC and Mac devices as well as Android smartphones.

Typical of most antivirus systems, the more you pay, the more protection you receive. Even their most basic package provides PC and Mac protection against viruses and hackers, android protection, iOS protection, and of course, technical support.

Panda Antivirus is very well designed, with a clear interface and generally pleasant look and feel. The installation process is relatively straightforward, and non-technical users should have no trouble getting through it, although they will probably not take advantage of all the installation options available.

Compatibility

All three Panda Antivirus packages offer PC protection as well as Android protection. System requirements include Windows 10 (32 & 64 bits), Windows 8, (32 & 64 bits), Windows 7 (32 & 64 bits), Windows Vista (32 & 64 bits), and Windows XP (32 bits) SP2 or later. All three package include Mac and iOS protection. Mac system requirements include Mac OS X 10.6 or later.

Spyware, Malware & Ransomware Scans

Panda Antivirus scores well in protecting computers against spyware and malware. According to AV Test, Panda’s antivirus systems catch over 90% of threats on average, including Ransomware. Negative complaints regarding Panda Antivirus claim that scans take longer than other antivirus systems. So while it effectively protects the computer, it may also take longer to successfully complete scans.

On the downside, Panda Antivirus displays alerts quite frequently, many of which require some user interaction before they go away, even if no threats are detected. Unlike other products which we found to be overly chatty, there does not seem to be a configuration option to silence some of the less critical alerts.

Email Scans

The Panda Antivirus suite includes email protection ensuring that all messages and files sent through your email system does not contain threats or corrupted files. According to AV Test, Panda performs nearly perfectly at protecting computers against email threats.

Download Protection

Downloading files to computers or smartphones can introduce threats that can damage or slow down the systems. Panda Antivirus also receives high scores when it comes to download protection. According to AV Test, Panda Antivirus slows downloading by 2-4 seconds, depending on the package. That compares to an industry average of 3 seconds.

Resource Usage

Running scans on a computer can slow things down. This can interrupt any work, online browsing, or downloading. Therefore, you want an antivirus software that runs efficiently without slowing down the somputer. According to AV Test, Panda Antivirus slows the system by 2-4 seconds, depending on the package. That compares to an industry average of 3 seconds. 

Real-time Scanning

Once installed, the product will remain running in the background, monitoring all activity on the computer, and performing deep scans and updates based on the configured schedule. By default, both updates and scans run once a day. It is recommended to edit the scheduled time and set it to an hour when the computer will likely not be in use, since both processes can slow the system down. Since Panda is one of the most popular antivirus products in use, Panda has at its disposal a great wealth of current information on new threats, making it highly effective in identifying even the latest forms of attack.

Privacy Policy

Panda Security uses cookies to access information from their users.Their privacy policy promises to use this information to provide better, more customized service to their customers. They also openly admit to using Google remarketing on their website in order to provide targeted ads to customers based on past browsing activity. That being said, cookies are not required to navigate the Panda Security site. Users can disable this capability with their browser.

Customer Support

No matter which package you purchase, Panda Antivirus offers 24 hour technical support via remote support and chat. Customers can also get in touch with a support representative via telephone or email. The Premium support includes basic tuneups, virus removal, maintenance, and repair of operating systems, common programs, and smartphone apps.

BASIC PROTECTIONCOMPLETE PROTECTIONADVANCED PROTECTION
Price per year $19.99 $21.00 $25.00
Devices 1 1 1
License duration 1 year 1 year 1 year
Anti-spam
Anti-spyware
Anti-adware
Anti-malware
Real-time protection
Wi-Fi protection
Identity protection
Supports Mac

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Pros
  • Easy to use UI
  • Effective malware protection
  • Money back guarantee
Cons
  • Technical support is limited
  • High false positive score
Bottom Line
Panda Security provides real-time antivirus and VPN.
Compatibility
Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, MAC OS x, iOS, Android, Linux/Unix
Top 5
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9.8
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9.3
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9.1
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9.1
5
8.9

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