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Panda Antivirus Review - UPDATED Jul. 2017

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Panda Antivirus Pro is a refreshingly innovative antivirus product. What most obviously sets it apart from all other antivirus programs is its interesting customisable interface. This seems to make it really easy for the user to set their priorities and navigate the client. Other than that, Panda has also shown some great results on threat detection done by independent parties. Its price seems very reasonable too, considering the features it has to offer for your home PC. We decided to look into the details and see if the quality of the product’s protection is as great as it seems to be.

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Company Overview

Panda Security SL, previously known as Panda Software, is a computer security based in Spain. It was founded in 1990 by Mikel Urizarbarrena, the company’s initial CEO. At first, the company focused on producing only antivirus software. Now, Panda Security is the world’s leader and pioneer of cloud-based security software, developing various products in more than 23 languages with millions of users in 195 countries.They offer both home and corporate security products, competing with top antivirus companies. The company also has many subsidiaries and franchises in 80 countries around the world.

Package Information and Key Features

Panda Antivirus Pro – Panda’s basic home security product – offers antivirus protection for your Windows system, as well as web browsing safety. The real-time antivirus combined with the firewall and anti-fraud protection pretty much has your home PC security covered, so you don’t have to worry about viruses, malware, phishing and other malicious threats that might harm your computer.

Panda also offers an advanced protection level, which also lets you safely download and share files, and a complete protection level which additionally enables optimizing your devices, shopping and playing online safely. It also comes with child protection.

panda features

Reliability And Performance

Panda Antivirus Pro has very little impact on your system’s performance while it is running scans, and you probably won’t even notice it. This goes for all types of scans, not to mention it is completely unnoticeable while running in the background. As for reliability, independent tests have shown Panda to have an extremely high detection rate, and a very low false-positive rate. This being said, it falls into the top-quality category of computer protection, competing perhaps with the best antiviruses currently available.

Security/Privacy

Panda Antivirus Pro has a built-in firewall and is also able to detect certain vulnerabilities in your network. It will even give you tips and advice on how to make your data more safe. Panda also covers protection against phishing attempts, internet fraud, identity theft and other similar problems you might encounter while browsing the web. This means you won’t have to think about any of these and be able to have a care-free browsing experience.

Installation and Ease of Use

Panda Antivirus pro is rather easy to install, and there are two ways to do it. You can either download it from the activation code you get in your welcome email after you have purchased  the product, or you can do this from your Panda account. If you don’t already have a Panda account, you only need an email and password to register. After that, you can select Panda Antivirus Pro from the list of products. Click on the “I have a code” button, enter the code, and you’ll be able to start the download. After you’ve downloaded the file, you’ll need to enter your activation code. That’s it! When the installation is finished, just click on “open now” to start using your Panda Antivirus Pro. This is as simple as can be!

System Requirements

Panda Antivirus Pro is very light on the requirements. It supports most commonly used Windows operating systems: Windows 10 (32 & 64 bits), Windows 8/8.1 (32 & 64 bits), Windows 7 (32 & 64 bits), Windows Vista (32 & 64 bits) and Windows XP (32 bits) SP3. The hardware requirements you’ll have to meet are 256 MB of RAM memory, and at least 240 MB of free space on your hard disk.

Interface

Panda Antivirus Pro’s interface has a unique and very interesting feature: you can arrange it as you like and create your own interface look. There are 15 widgets you can arrange any way you want, and most other parts of the interface are customisable as well. You can do this any number of times you want, or leave the default Panda interface if you like. This is definitely taking a next step towards user-friendly design – the users get to create their own design, according to their needs!

panda interface

Support

Panda does offer various means of technical support, such as phone, email, chat, forum, tutorials, FAQ and a knowledge base. However, they don’t offer 24/7 phone help like some other antivirus companies, and there is an extra charge for the premium support services.

Plans and Pricing

When it comes to license payment plans, it all depends on how long you want to use the software, and how many PCs you plan to use it on. A one year plan for a single device costs $27.99. The price is $41.99 for 3 devices, $55.99 for 5 devices, and $73.49 for 10.

They also have a two-year plan, which costs $45.49 for one device, $69.99 for 3 devices, $94.49 for 5 and $122.49 for 10. Lastly, you can register for three years, a one-device license costing $59.49, a three-device $90.99, a five-device $122.49, and 10-device $157.49.

panda pricing

Bottom Line

Panda Antivirus Pro is obviously one of the best choices for basic home PC security coverage. Not only is it easy to install, it also has a customisable interface, unlike any other antivirus we’ve encountered so far. Most importantly, though, protection and reliability tests have shown it to be among the top antiviruses currently on the market. When you take all of this into account, the price is pretty good, considering all the security features you get for it.

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User Reviews

  • Submitted By Janice Price on 09/02/2016
    Panda is a new antivirus I’ve tried only recently, and it works great for my PC! I haven’t had any kind of problems with infections or hacking attempts, so I think the scans and firewall are working pretty well. For this price, I’m really satisfied with the quality.
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  • Submitted By Robert Martinez on 07/17/2016
    As an IT expert in my company, I’m confident that I have a good grasp on the current antivirus market. I chose Panda Antivirus Pro for my home PC because it covers everything my family needs to stay safe while using the computer, especially while on the Internet. That being said, the price is very reasonable.
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  • Submitted By Garry Knowles on 05/25/2016
    While I am satisfied with the features Panda has to offer, especially the customisable interface, I think they could do better  with the technical support. I had a problem during one of my scans, and the phone support wasn’t available during evening hours, so I had to wait for them to respond to my email. By that time I had already gotten around the problem myself.
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Panda Security Review
Updated : 07.19.2017.
Rating : 9.3/10