Panda Free Antivirus 2016 v16.0.2

2.8 out of 5 stars 2.8 (229 votes)


Windows 7/8/Vista/XP / Freeware / 13,486 downloads

Panda Free Antivirus protects you while you browse, play or work and you won'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.

Reviews of Panda Free Antivirus 2016

  1. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing v16.0.2 (Nov 19, 2015)

    This is a very good antivirus and it does not have a low test rating at all, it is one of the highest. Some of you write this junk here and you have no idea what your talking about and you do not help anyone by doing that, it just shows how foolish you are. I have no problem with Panda at all and if you go look at their test ratings, they most certainly are far from the worst. Grow up.

  2. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing v16.0.2 (Nov 17, 2015)

    @CyberDoc999: I don't know where you get your benchmarks from but that's NOT TRUE (what so ever) and just because you don't know how to use an application doesn't mean it's not a GOOD product. Stop writing useless reviews.

    Its actually one of THE BEST FREE AVs and beat Kaspersky in malware blocking and malicious URL blocking test. Actually USE and RESEARCH a PRODUCT before posting a negative review. Also the PRO version is an excellent product, they even have a 6 month free trial available.

    Note: The interface shown is from a previous product.

  3. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing v16.0.2 (Nov 14, 2015)

    One of the Lowest ratings of all Antivirus tested

  4. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing v16.0.1 (Aug 13, 2015)

    still buggy

  5. 5 out of 5 stars

    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: )

    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.

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