Panda Antivirus Review & Rating

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Panda Antivirus has all the features you’d expect from a security suite, protecting against ransomware and other malware while also protecting your passwords and providing system tuneup options. However, it doesn’t score as highly with independent lab tests as some of our other options, and though it comes with a lot of bonus features not all of them work as well as you’d like.

✓ Full-featured mobile protection if you buy coverage for multiple devices
✓ Mega-suite contains a number of security features and options
✓ Low overall system impact

GOOD

For the price, Panda Antivirus provides a wide variety of security suite features, including parental control, a password manager, a file shredder, and a system tuneup option. Mobile protection is also available if you buy a license which covers multiple devices, and includes an effective anti-theft system that protects your Android device, allowing you to remotely locate, lock, or wipe it.

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Panda Antivirus does have a lot of security features and added bonuses, but none of these work as well as their competitors. Plus, Panda Antivirus’s multi-device licenses only let you install the security suite on 1 Mac computer, no matter how many devices you can actually secure. When you add in so-so test scores and a confusing price structure, as well as a system that’s not fully integrated, Panda Antivirus needs some work before it reaches the high standards set by other security suites.

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It’s gotten some high reviews from a few different platforms, but the good (but not great) performance of the bonus features may cause customers to look at other similarly priced antivirus security suites that provide more protection.

Test Results

Panda Antivirus got okay scores from independent test labs, receiving a 75% for Protection and Performance. Ease of Use hits in the middle, at 84%. While Panda Antivirus got higher Protection scores than some of the other antivirus suites, it doesn’t compare to our high performers. However, Panda Antivirus did get good scores for software features in a hands-on test.

  • Protection & Performance
  • Software Features
  • Ease of Use

Cost of Owning

Currently, Panda Antivirus costs $48.99 for 1 year of protection for a single device. For 5 devices, the cost jumps to $97.99, and if you want protection for unlimited devices you’ll be paying $157.49 a year. Panda Antivirus does offer a 30-day free trial, as well as a 30-day money-back guarantee, so you can give the product a try and get a full refund if you decide it’s not for you.

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1 Year Subscription
1 Device
$27.99
$34.99
$48.99
3 Devices
$41.99
$52.49
$73.49
5 Devices
$55.99
$69.99
$97.99
10 Devices
$73.49
$90.99
$129.49
2 Year Subscription
1 Device
$45.49
$55.99
$76.99
3 Devices
$69.99
$87.49
$122.49
5 Devices
$94.49
$115.49
$160.99
10 Devices
$122.49
$150.49
$213.49
3 Year Subscription
1 Device
$59.49
$73.49
$101.49
3 Devices
$90.99
$111.99
$157.49
5 Devices
$122.49
$150.49
$209.99
10 Devices
$157.49
$195.99
$276.49

Software Features

This may be where ScanGuard Security Suite truly shines. In an effort to compete in a saturated playing field, ScanGuard Security Suite offers a truly huge selection of features, including a quarantine, real-time malware protection, a start-up guard, an advanced firewall, PC tuneup options for streamlining your system’s performance, and more.

Panda Antivirus - Features Checklist
Anti-Banner
Firewall Protection
Scheduled Scan
Anti-Phishing
Gamer Mode
Spyware
Anti-Spam
Malware
System Booster
Antimalware
Mobile Protection
Trojans
Auto Scanning
Parental Controls
Virus Scanner
Autoscans USB
Password Manager
VPN / Safe Browsing
Bootable Rescue CD
Ransomware
Webcam Protection
Email Protection
Rootkits
Worms
File Shredder
Email Scanner

You’ll also get a simple personal firewall with Panda Antivirus, which flags any applications that are unknown to Panda’s huge program database. And, like Panda’s standalone virus, you’ll get the Rescue Kit, allowing you to create a bootable USB antivirus that can root out malware keeping your system from booting.

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If you have skill with technology, you can use Panda Antivirus’s Process Monitor to identify and remove suspicious processes. You can also use the virtual keyboard that’s provided with the system to enter passwords and other sensitive information, to prevent it from being captured by keyloggers.

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*Antivirus.Best is not affiliated with any other third party testing company(ies) and can not be held responsible for their testing practices and software scores.

User Experience

Panda Antivirus offers a simple, fairly bland interface that lets you easily scan your PC, add protection for multiple devices if you have the right license (or upgrade), access the PC Tuneup feature, and view your other products.

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Downloading and installing Panda Antivirus works fairly similarly to other security suites; you’ll create an account on Panda’s site and enter your activation code to start the download and installation process. Your Panda account provides some additional features, like letting you check your protected devices remotely and activate the Anti-Theft module for lost or stolen devices as necessary. Logging into your Panda account is also one of the easiest ways to reach out to their Technical Support team.

Panda also has a unique feature for home users - the Panda Security Customer Loyalty Program. In essence, Panda is rewarding customers who stay with them by offering renewal discounts reaching up to 50% if you use their software for 3 years. The only catch is that you need to select the auto-renewal option when you’re buying Panda Antivirus.

Customer Support

Panda Antivirus comes with phone support during the week, as well as web and email support. Panda also offers an FAQ with answers to most standard questions and a forum where users can consult with one another.

If a customer wants more support or 24/7 support, they can opt into Panda’s “Premium Support”; however, this has an additional monthly fee on top of the cost of Panda Antivirus. So Panda’s support options are good, but they aren’t as accessible as other security suites out there.

Phone Support:
(844) 956-2648
Phone Support Hours
9am - 5pm Mon-Fri
Knowledgebase:
Not Available
Support Page:
Available

Technical Requirements

Software Version:
2019
Supported Operating Systems:
Windows 10. 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, Server
Minimum RAM Required:
256 MB
Minimum Space Required
1 GB
Required Processor Speed:
800 MHz or above
Software Manufacturer:
Panda Security

Company History

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Panda Security is a Spanish multinational company focused on IT security solutions. It was established in 1998, launching the first antivirus with a daily signature file. Panda Security has patented several technologies and models, including TruPrevent, Collective Intelligence, and Adaptive Defense.

Panda Security boasts over 30 million users in over 180 countries around the world, and employs over 600 people.

Our Verdict

Panda Antivirus isn’t the worst security suite available, and the price can be affordable, especially with the addition of the customer loyalty program. However, the price scaling is confusing, and the overall scores from our independent testing labs are only okay. If you’re looking for a truly strong security suite, you’d likely be better off with Kaspersky or Norton; if you want something that can protect all your devices, McAfee Antivirus Plus offers unlimited downloads. The best way to know if Panda Antivirus is best for you is to take advantage of the free trial and test it out.

Download a Free Trial Today and see if you like it!

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*Antivirus.Best is not affiliated with any other third party testing company(ies) and can not be held responsible for their testing practices and software scores.

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“intuitive to run”

by Haileyu on 06/08/2017


"I had used Panda Antivirus for about a year. I installed it when my computer became badly infested with a virus that my old antivirus software, Avast, simply could not handle. I had no choice but to reset my computer settings and try again. I did a little research, downloaded and purchased the Panda antivirus, and did a full scan. By the time it was done, two Trojans were quarantined and my computer was as good as new. I couldn't have been better pleased with the results. Since my computer is an essential part of my business, I consider it a terrific value for the money and it was simple and intuitive to run, even for a moderate tech expert like me. While I am now using a free antivirus software recommended by a friend, if I were to buy antivirus again, I would turn back to Panda."

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“Security”

by Sotir N. on May 2016


"I start with Panda Antivirus Pro and migrating to Panda Global Protection. Use antivirus on their computers, tablet and phone. Since I use it I have no problems with viruses."

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74 score

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  • Performance
  • Features
  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Trust
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