Overall Score 77%

Panda Box
Panda Security Software

The Case for Panda

  • Same virus protection as Panda Antivirus plus extra security
  • In business 25 years (1990)
  • Decent firewall
  • Good real-time protection
  • Poor virus cleanup
  • 30-day money back guarantee
  • Made in Spain
  • India phone tech support
$49.99
$37.49
(1-PC / 1-Year)
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by Josh Christofferson, Co-Editor
Virus & Spyware Protection: 68%

Panda Internet Security gave us polar opposite results during our virus and malware tests. For virus detection and removal, Panda did an abysmal job. However, for real time antivirus protection, Panda did an outstanding job.

For the tests, we'd first infect our test computers with a host of malware samples including viruses, trojans, adware, rogueware, etc.

We then activate Panda Internet Security and run a full system scan and record the results on each PC with each sample set.

Panda reported zero threats were found but nearly 80% were blocked. What's going on here?

How did Panda "block" our malware but not "detect" them in the first place?

  • Panda Internet Security
    Panda Box
  • SCORE: 77%
    Original:
    $49.99
    Discount:
    $37.49
That said, we didn't find any malware lurking in the background ready to pounce, but that's little comfort knowing that all our malware was still present in some form on our testing PCs. Malware is too tricky these days to leave it just lying around like that.

Now for the polar opposite. Our real-time testing showed Panda to be highly effective. With a fresh, updated installation of Panda, we attempted to download and install a wide range of malware.

Panda made short work of them. Not only did Panda immediately start to delete our malware files, but anything we even tried to install was blocked before we could blink. Very impressive.

As for Panda's antiphishing capabilities, they were only able to block phishing sites about 70% of the time.

So, is it better to have great real-time protection but bad virus removal?

Only slightly, but both components are extremely important for overall security. Unfortunately, Panda Internet Security doesn't make the cut.


Firewall Protection: 73%

A firewall is a vital security feature that helps keep the bad guys out of your PC by strictly regulating the flow of traffic to and from your computer. For this reason, a solid firewall is your first and best line of defense against malware.

Panda's firewall proved more porous than we'd like, however.

Aside from leaving ports open, never a good thing, Panda wasn't able to pass any of our standard firewall blocking tests.

A good firewall should have all access points either well monitored or blocked entirely. Panda Internet Security only proved marginally successful at this task.


Resource Usage: 83%

Resource usage was a little heavier than we'd like to see, but still acceptable. When running a full scan, Panda Internet Security only slowed down our testing PCs about 10%.

We were still able to perform basic computer functions like surfing and downloading large files with no trouble.

Boot-up time was almost 7% slower than their competitors, but that's still well within the acceptable range to most consumers.

Overall, Panda proved to be a relatively light Internet Security suite.


User Interface: 93%

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Panda's user interface is a massive improvement over last year's version (or any year for that matter.)

It's very simple, clean, and easy to use.

All important features are easily accessible and easy to understand. There are a few options for deeper accessibility, and even those are well-labeled and easy to use.

Yes, it was a long overdue revision, but when something is done right, it's done right. This UI is done right.


Technical Support: 50%

Last year's Panda tech support nightmares (including a suit by the FTC brought against their outsourced tech support provider "Advanced Tech Support") are a thing of the past, and Panda's support has clearly improved since then.

Our test calls from the U.S. were quickly and coureously answered by their Indian call center; however, with each rep we spoke and discussed fees, getting them to commit to a price was tricky. Six month commitment for this. One-time fees for that.

When it was finally clear what we were paying for, the sticker price was $130 for virus removal.

With ESET and VIPRE offering free phone support from the U.S., and even Norton getting on board with free support, how a lesser-known brand like Panda can justify the high fees is a mystery.


Conclusion - Overall Score: 77%

  • Panda Internet Security
    Panda Box
  • SCORE: 77%
    Original:
    $49.99
    Discount:
    $37.49
  • Lightweight software
  • Poor virus removal
  • Easy to use interface
  • Expensive tech support
Panda Internet Security made some tremendous improvements this year including exceptional improvement to their user interface, which makes their Internet Security software one of the easiest to use.

Unfortunately, Panda's virus removal capabilities are a big let down as was its firewall.

For these reasons, Panda Internet Security remains at the bottom of our list again this year.


Software Version 2016
Supported Operating System (OS) Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP
Minimum RAM Required 256 MB
Minimum Space Required 240 MB
Required Processor Speed 300 MHz
Money-back Guarantee 0
Software Manufacturer Panda Security
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Home Screen
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Firewall
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Safe Browsing
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iOS and Android support Antivirus protection for your Mac or Android devices.

Antivirus Software Comparison


Rank Winner 2nd Place 3rd Place 4th Place 5th Place 6th Place 7th Place 8th Place 9th Place 10th Place
Score 97%94%91%89%86%83%77%77%73%69%
Antivirus Software

All Software Available for Instant Download
VIPRE Box
SAVE 29%
$54.99
$38.99
ESET Box

(no discount)
$59.99
Bitdefender Box
SAVE 56%
$79.95
$34.99
Avast Box

(no discount)
$49.99
AVG Box
SAVE 20%
$64.99
$51.99
Norton Box
SAVE 44%
$89.99
$49.99
Avira Box

(no discount)
$57.99
Panda Box
SAVE 25%
$49.99
$37.49
Kaspersky Box
SAVE 31%
$79.99
$54.99
McAfee Box
SAVE 50%
$79.99
$39.99
Works with
Win 10
Works with
Win 8x
Works with
Win 7
Works with
Win Vista
Works with
Win XP
Malware Protection
Low Resource Usage
Social Network Protection
USB Scanning
Email Scanning
Easy to Use
Tech Support Based In
U.S.A.
U.S.A.
India
Costa Rica
India
India
Germany
India
Philippines
India
Support Fee for Virus Removal $0 $0/$50* $99.99 $119.00 $119.00 $19.99 $0 $59.94 $99.99 $89.95
*Fees for virus removal may apply in some cases.


Explanation of Features


  • Malware Protection: Viruses, spyware, and trojans are all considered "malware" these days. Which software offers maximum protection against all forms of malware?
  • Low Resource Usage: Protecting a PC is important. Doing it while using as little CPU and memory is just as important.
  • Social Network Protection: There are just as many threats on Facebook and Twitter as well as other social sites. Good social network scanning is important.
  • USB Scanning: USB and other portable drives are one of the most dangerous and neglected points of entry for viruses and other malware. Good USB scanning is vital.
  • Email Scanning: Email has a long history of being an easy entry point for malware. Being able to detect and block threats to your PC is important.
  • Easy to Use: Is the software easy to use? Do the settings make sense? Is the software well organized? How well does the software compare?
  • Tech Support: No one wants to call tech support. Ever. If you do need to contact support, are they helpful, responsive, and accountable?