Pros / The Panda Internet license provides 20GB of online storage backup for both Windows and Mac.
Cons / Panda slows your computer down more than average for computer protection software.
Verdict / This version of Panda software protection is effective against malware on Windows machines and Macs and gives you some helpful Android protection, but it offers few protections for Apple products.
Editor's Note: This review has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it no longer ranks as a top 10 product. The original review is below, but check out our current top 10 about Computer Protection Software here.
Panda Internet Security is computer security software that has first-rate marks in malware protection for Windows, offers 20GB of backup storage and gives you some helpful protections for Android devices. The initial license covers only one device, but for additional fees, you can cover up to 10 devices across different operating systems. This means you get relatively full protections for Windows and Androids, but limited protections for Macs and scant help with iOS devices.
AV-Test, an independent software laboratory, tested Panda in April 2016 and found its malware detection rate was top-notch. That excellent score did not stick, however, when it came to the tests of how much it slows a computer down while in operation. In these performance-loss tests, Panda ranked below average. However, this computer protection application did get above-average marks when it came to not flagging safe sites as malicious ones during the testing. AV-Test did not test this software on Mac computers, Android devices or iOS devices in 2016.
Some of the features that come with Panda Internet Security's Windows module are its ability to stop malware when you plug in removable media, such as thumb drives, and parental controls that help you manage your children’s online behavior. You can secure sensitive files in a digital vault. The license includes 20GB of backup storage for your data in case of a crash; some competitors include just 2GB or 5GB of backup storage, and many offer none at all.
You also get antiphishing capabilities on the Windows module and a gamer mode so you can enjoy a movie or a game without interruptions. Because there are such things as file recovery utilities that allow people to resurrect deleted Windows files, this software also includes a file shredder that removes deleted files completely, giving you complete control over sensitive data that you want eliminated.
You do get antivirus protection for a Mac, but the Mac component is missing other important features. There is no password manager, antiphishing capabilities, online backup or tools to help you manage your children’s online behavior.
The Android module does give you antiphishing capabilities, and it also includes antitheft features such as the ability to locate and lock the device if it is lost or stolen. You can also erase the device remotely. This software does not support taking pictures remotely to see who has your device, as you can do with some of its competitors, and the Android module does not include parental controls or a password manager. The software does offer the ability to locate a lost or stolen iPad or iPhone.
If you run into problems or have questions, you can contact the company by email or phone during the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays. However, you must pay for the service if you want answers via telephone on the weekend or anytime through live chat. You can also connect with the company via Twitter, watch Panda tutorial videos on YouTube, check the proper FAQs section for the software you purchased, or read informative articles on its up-to-date website blog.
Panda Internet Security is terrific when it comes to detecting malware on PCs running Windows and presents some great features to safeguard your data there and on Android devices. The 20GB of online backup storage is quite helpful. However, you get far less protection for Macs and iOS devices, which pushes Panda down the list in our ranking of computer security protection software.