Panda Free Antivirus protects you while you browse, play or work and you wonÃ¢??t even notice it. It is extremely light as all the work is done in the cloud. Panda Free Antivirus provides you with the fastest protection against the newest viruses thanks to its cloud-scanning from PandaLabs' servers. It is truly install and forget. Don't worry about updates, configuration or complicated decisions ever again.
Reviewing 15.1.0 (May 8, 2015)
Panda Free Antivirus 15.1.0
Windows XP (SP3)
Athlon XP 3000+ CPU (w/SSE but not SSE2 or above support)
So far, so good ...
I recently switched to Panda Free Antivirus after experiencing a few minor problems with Avira Free Antivirus, which I'd been using for several years; I reported the bugs to Avira and they informed me that they've ended official support for Windows XP and will not be addressing the bugs. (Avira still lists Windows XP in their System Requirements, but the Web page they referred me to does indeed show that Windows XP support ended on 08 APR 2015: http://www.avira.com/en/support-product-lifecycle )
In any event, I'm glad that I switched, as Panda has so little impact on my system's performance that it's almost like having no antivirus program installed at all: my computer starts quickly (with no warnings or errors on my Event log), programs launch/open quickly, and files open/load quickly. How well Panda is protecting my system, I haven't a clue, but it tests well in the various antivirus tests I've seen on the Web.
Panda is easy to install and setup and allows the user a reasonable amount of control over the settings. Big items include customizable scans, a scheduler for scans, and exclusion lists. The Update feature is automatic, and I don't believe that it can be turned off(?); there's also an on-demand "Update now" button. I'm guessing that "updates" include both virus definitions and program updates. Major features -- Real-time protection, Process Monitor, and USB Vaccine -- can be turned on and off individually, as can many smaller sub-features. The Windows 8-ish control panel GUI is more designed for fat-fingered users of touch screens than for handsome, erudite users of "classic" desktop PCs, but it's straightforward if not very elegant. Power users will no doubt want more control, but Joe Average users with slight geekish tendencies will likely be happy enough. Also, I haven't noticed any pop-up ads or anything of that sort ... only some notes/links on the control panel encouraging me to upgrade to Panda Antivirus Pro (which adds a firewall and Wi-Fi protection).
I signed up for a Panda account, but I'm not quite sure if that's required or not -- the program seemed to work fine before I signed up. Signing up requires an e-ddress and password but nothing else, though Panda does politely ask for your name, address, phone number, etc. (which I did not provide). I haven't received any junk mail from them yet.
I've tried out many of the well-regarded free antivirus programs -- AVG, Avast, BitDefender, Comodo, Panda, and one or two others -- and Panda is clearly the least performance robbing of the bunch on my machine. BitDefender is pretty good while it works, but it's a bit touchy and quits auto scanning after a week or so on my machine -- though it works without a hitch (and has for over a year) on my dad's newer Windows 7 machine with SSE2+ CPU. AVG, Avast, and Comodo slow my computer quite dramatically, with even the simplest things (opening the Start menu or Windows Explorer or Notepad) being annoyingly delayed. I suspect that my ancient CPU's lack of support for SSE2 and above may be the problem in some of these cases, as a lot of newer software works better with, or even requires, a CPU with SSE2+ support, so users with a newer CPU may not encounter these problems.
Reviewing 15.0.4 (Nov 26, 2014)
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Reviewing 15.0.4 (Nov 20, 2014)
it made me have lockups
I removed it and all problems are gone
Reviewing 15.0.4 (Nov 19, 2014)
Can't ask for anything more... It's probably the best FREE antivirus out there. It doesn't slow down your PC and is very light on resources. It was the best in detecting and removing malware just a few months and has been in the top 5 for over a year. It's cloud based which it updates it's malware files frequently so no need to worry about new files having to downloaded. It might be missing a few features and options that others have ( you would have to pay to have them) but if you are looking for a sound and secure and easy to use "install it and forget it" antivirus I would suggest you try Panda Free V 15.0 4. It really does a great and I assure you that you are PROTECTED and for a price you can't bet..... FREE.......
Reviewing 15.0.1 (Oct 1, 2014)
BIG improvement since my last review. Manual scans work fine now. Get alerts when virus(test file) is found. However, the alerts are not quite immediate sometimes, with the file going to quarantine and getting an alert up to a minute later sometimes(mostly if doing a couple files nearly simultaneous together). This AV is VERY, and I mean VERY LIGHT on the system, and believe me, I've tried many others in the past. I now use this paired with Malwarebytes paid version and free Comodo Firewall, along with 'Excluding' Panda and Malwarebytes from monitoring each other, among other files and processes in the background I know will always be safe, like WinPatrol(paid version).
Kudos to Panda for coming up with an AV app that I can FINALLY be happy with, and the best part is, this one's free. Hopefully they don't mess up a good thing, at least for a few years anyway, and given today's constant version updating cycle with software, that might be asking for a lot.
Just to note, an issue came up installing via the web installer, and others have complained of this too. The offline installer is currently available here...
If you do have trouble installing with the web installer, it will then have you download the offline file. Also note, it does ask to make Yahoo the home page among a couple other things, and as per usual, best to uncheck them before proceeding to install.
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