Panda Antivirus Review 2012
Panda Security SL, the erstwhile Panda Software, is probably one of the most predominant computer software security vendors. Since its inception in 1990, the organization has summoned global reach and popularity. Panda Antivirus Pro 2012 is the brand?s hallmark computer security product that is a mighty antivirus tool offering protection to your system in a largely unobtrusive and effective way.
The novel Panda cloud technology ensures easier and quicker way to protect your computer when spyware or viruses strike. Being connected to the cloud all the time ensures fast response data center offering, lightning quick protection from new and old threats. Your computer manages to stay up-to-date and always safe with no cumbersome downloads. Malicious activities and suspicious files are analyzed in the cloud and not on your computer, thereby conserving your system resources. With the cloud, the software?s detection capacity is never limited by your computer.
- Threat Detection - We deal with two kinds ? known and unknown. Panda antivirus scans internet browsing, disk files and emails and instant messaging for known threats. You also have the option to record these events in a log. You can choose the threats (virus, spyware, phishing, hacking tools, jokes and dialers) to be detected. For unknown threats? protection, you need to configure options for enabling heuristic scans and behavioral analysis. It uses TruPrevent technology which helps to identify threat level. Protection against unknown threats is also done by blocking implementation of Script files. It has a smart USB vaccine feature which helps to inoculate inserted USB drives and stops ?autorun.inf? infections? speed.
- Network Management - This feature displays Panda products that are installed and their expiry date on your computer. It enables all computers that are connected to your network to be located through the firewall, by MAC IP address and name. You have the option to blacklist a computer and prohibit it from accessing your system. It gives a one point interface to track security status of all your home computers without individually visiting them.
- Safe Browsing - This can be separately installed for evaluation and personal use. However, it consumes a lot of space on your computer. All your private data and history is deleted at the end of safe browser session ensuring more safety and security. Panda also provides a vulnerability scan which determines specific exploiting threats. The antivirus still sports a virtual keyboard as well as ensures a secure and safe creation. Use of passwords without the need for your keyboard is another convenient feature. The gaming mode ensures uninterrupted and automatic full screen gaming plus media viewing.
AV-Test, an independent German IT security institute put Panda Antivirus to several tests and derived excellent scores on repair, protection and usability. Tests conducted by ICSA and West Coast Labs also yielded positive results for it. One of the tests performed by them had many hackers trying to pry into and attack several computers loaded with panda antivirus.
The AV-Comparatives.org tests reflected the malware resisting ability of the antivirus and ranked fifth among 17 products. It also tested the antivirus under certified Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows XP tests; 11 features are tested under this certification. Panda scored close to that of Norton and F-Secure. It has bagged several awards over the years and these include third time winner and the editor?s choice of PCMAG.com and have received five stars from PC World. The application holds anti-malware certification as well as antivirus and anti-spyware certification.
Designed primarily for ease of use, the antivirus application protects you as soon as you install it. Being fully automated, it consistently oversees itself and intimates you when something demands your attention. All advanced functions are features are just a click away. The interface helps in configuring options, viewing reports, conducting system scans and inspecting quarantined elements.
The main window has a dark, high tech look, though inconvenient on your eyes but displays security component?s status with one click problem fix. While the statistics page puts down identified threats by type, the advanced statistics page adds network and email threats. It does not throw up unnecessary warnings on your monitor all the time. All these factors and more make this anti-virus user friendly without ruining your experience of web browsing.
Installation of the antivirus software is straightforward and quick since there is a wizard included in the application. The installation process, for the first time or doing it again after formatting your system, is the same. Run the installation file, follow steps in installation wizard and restart computer once you are asked to for completing the process.
During our panda antivirus review we strive to know how they keep their customers happy. A trustworthy and highly efficient service desk is available once you activate the antivirus. You can control and isolate a suspicious file in Quarantine and send it for analysis to Panda. In case of an infected computer, you can use the rescue CD-ROM. Creating such a rescue disk even before using it can help your system recuperate from disastrous situations easily. It is quite easy to use and the in-program user manual or online answers make life even simpler. The application?s online support center runs a user forum for product specific FAQs and blogs. Technical support can be reached through email or telephone or through live chat.
- Pros - Panda Antivirus ensures efficient virus detection and total protection against Trojans, spyware and others. A low specification machine is adequate to run the application. The virtual keyboard option is an add on, which makes its usage more easier.
- Cons - The black interface is dull and white text on this background, makes it a bit ineffective visual.
Bottomline -It offers good, not the best results in the computer security market when it comes to usability, repair and protection. If you are considering employing a single vendor for your antivirus software and firewall, Panda probably is the recommended choice since it combines both functions that are developed to complement each other.
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