Panda Free Antivirus 2019 is an interesting contender in the free antivirus space.
Panda Free Antivirus 2019 comes with it’s core antivirus engine, firewall and a free VPN service. Now, the antivirus includes a free VPN but it only works for the first 150MB of data transfer a day.
What that means ultimately is it’s worthless and is just being used for marketing purposes because the average webpage is around 3MB. That means you could effectively visit 50 webpages (not websites) a day. Or a handful of Youtube videos and then you’re out of the VPN until the next day.
Panda Free Antivirus 2019 comes with a very well designed user interface. You can customize the background image that shows on the home screen and it’s incredibly easy to navigate.
You get access to the common scan types, critical (a quick scan), full system scan, and a custom scan type. The custom option is really limited you essentially get to select a individual folder you want scanned that’s about it.
The settings window shows off some of the additional protection features, built into the program which are still incredibly basic.
- Permanent Protection (real-time anti-malware protection).
- Behavioral Blocking (automatically blocks files the program determines might be malicious).
- Behavioral Analysis (this allows Panda to upload a file to the cloud in the background to run an analysis to see if the file is malicious or not).
- PUP Protection.
- You get a built-in USB protection which basically disables autorun malware.
Finally, you get a Process Monitor feature which will essentially list out processes running on your system and marks them a secure or not. This is an incredibly nice feature to have if you’re trying to determine whether or not your computer has been hacked.
Panda Free Antivirus 2019 offers a mixed bag in terms of protection results it’s been incredibly inconsistent across the testing tools including AV-Comparative’s test. The company routinely scores a bit lower on the antivirus tests compared to its competitors like Kaspersky, BitDefender, 360 Total Security, etc.
In the latest AV-Comparatives protection test it scored higher than some of the competition giving it spot 10 with a detection rate of 99.5%.
Another slightly more annoying issue is that in the AV-Comparatives Performance Tests Panda had a noticeable impact on system performance. Panda being a cloud-based antivirus has a performance impact when it comes to copying, moving files, and when installing programs. If you have a slower computer I would imagine this being an issue for your setup. However, if you’re running on average or higher-end PC then you will be more than fine.
Panda Free Antivirus 2019 is a solid free antivirus solution. However, outside of just protecting your computer from malware it begins to show it’s lacking.
Panda lacks any performance features, and the VPN feature is essentially worthless on the free plan. It’s upgraded plans also look a little bit higher than it should be in my opinion. It’s priced a bit more than some of the competition but its feature set is lacking which is the bigger cause for concern.
So, it’s a mixed bad the antivirus protection while not the best isn’t bad. But it lacks in features that you can find from other competitors.