Third up in my series of reports on antivirus products is Panda.
Panda is an antivirus product from Panda Security SA who were formerly known as Panda Software.
Like most of it’s competition, it deals with the detection of viruses and spyware. Panda also offer their own firewall and spam filter.
Like AVG, the setup process for Panda is fairly straightforward and quick.
The required user interaction is fairly minimal and so the chances of making any mistakes are small.
Performance-wise, I found Panda to be on a par with Norton 2008. In other words, scanning took place in the background and wasn’t particularly intrusive.
Personally, I am using a dual core machine and that may have made a difference, though I couldn’t be sure if Panda was utilising both cores or only one (I had other applications running at the same time).
Like virtually all other antivirus products, Panda has an automatic update system and informs the user when updates have been actioned, in addition to recommending when scans should be performed.
One slight annoyance I had with Panda was that I wasn’t able to get it to automatically scan emails.
I may have missed something of course, but having to manually scan incoming mail was a task I could have done without.
Panda antivirus is one of the cheaper alternatives on the market and, despite the issue I had with email scanning, seems to be reasonably effective.
One point to note, however, is that the company’s telephone support line is free, but only for the first 30 days after registration.
Following that, calls are charged and this is an expense you will need to factor in, depending upon how often you think you may require such support.
UPDATE : check out the new Panda Antivirus Pro 2009
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