Panda has patched up the look of its antivirus software and this goes for the free product as well as the paid for ones. The main screen is a modern design with tiles for scan statistics, a link to the dashboard, USB protection and process monitoring.
These last two are unusual in an AV program. USB protection precludes apps from running automatically when you plug in a USB device and analysis file contents for malware, while process monitoring supplies a simpler interface for the kind of info the Windows Task manager performs.
Panda makes considerable claim for running most of its scanning in the cloud and having a very light touch on the PC platform its run on. This is something more and more of its contenders are now copying, but we did not notice any evidence of a low impact in our tests.
This isn’t an undue worry for a first scan, it is during this task that most AV programs create a fingerprint of the files and know which ones not to retest unless they have undergone change between scans.
The Protection category, arguably the most important in any antivirus program, created one of those perfect scores. When you look at the breakdown between widespread and zero day malware, you see a perfect 100% in both categories and for both months of the valuation.
Functionality score of the product, which looks at any functionality hit, created a slowdown of two seconds during the tests, against an industry average of 3 seconds. This is what precluded it reaching the full 18.0/18.0.
Most people will not notice that they have AV software running on the system, except when a scan is being run, so the results from our test should be read alongside those from AV-Test, which looks at the difference between AV software sitting idle on a PC and it not being installed.
System Requirements: Windows XP SP2 32-bit/Vista/ 7/8/8.1/10 32/64-bit
300MHz CPU, 2GB memory, 256MB, 240MB HD
Panda’s one of the leading antivirus suppliers and this free offering contains a couple of interesting extras.