PROS / Panda Internet Security includes a safe browser.
CONS / This internet protection suite doesn't have social media protection tools.
VERDICT / Panda has innovative cloud-based antimalware technology that provides excellent protection against both known and unknown virus threats, but it slows your system down significantly to do so.
Editor’s Note: Top Ten Reviews uses test results from the independent laboratory AV-Test as part of our review process for the best internet security suites software. AV-Test looks specifically at protection, performance and usability on multiple versions of Windows operating systems, and it performs these evaluations several times throughout the year. We use the most current AV-Test scores available at the time of our review. It is possible that new AV-Test scores will be released after our review goes live on the site. We will consider these scores during our next review of the best internet security suites software.
Panda Internet Security is considered an internet security suite, as opposed to basic antivirus software, because it has features such as parental controls, a firewall, a safe browser, a network manager and email protection. Though its protection against internet threats is solid, it takes a toll on your computer's speed to achieve that protection. During independent testing conducted by AV-Test in March and April 2016, Panda received a perfect score in protection for correctly identifying and blocking over 22,000 legitimate malware threats. This included both known viruses and newly created ones that hadn't had a chance to be properly identified and added to malware databases. It scored about average – 92 percent – in usability, which means it mistakenly identified a few legitimate programs as threats.
However, these tests, which were conducted on Windows 10 test computers, showed that running Panda Security takes a significant toll on your computer's resources. Tests showed Panda causes computers to run much slower than most internet security programs in the industry. It earned a score of 62 percent in this area; only one other suite in our lineup scored that low.
Panda comes with useful extras such as free online backup, restoration tools and remote PC access. It also has tools for protecting your identity and contact information as well as a virtual keyboard for hiding your login information from keyloggers. There is a tool for removing infected files from externally connected devices such as a USB drive. It can detect potential threats attempting to migrate from within your network. The Panda internet protection suite includes the Panda Safe Browser. The safe browser is a virtual machine, which means it runs completely isolated from your PC. In addition, since it does not run on your PC, it does not save your website history, so you can enjoy private browsing. This tool also provides a safe zone for conducting online purchases and exchanging sensitive information such as your credit card numbers, address and Social Security number.
The parental control tool allows you to create user profiles with block and allow lists for each user. If you are worried about what your kids might be doing while you are away, you can configure Panda to create reports of restricted websites that they attempt to access. The identity protection tool lets you configure exactly what information you do not want shared online without your permission.
One feature that is missing from Panda Internet Security is social network protection. These tools scan social media links and posts for any potential threats. They would also allow you to monitor your children's interactions on these sites, including what they post on friends' walls to ensure there isn't any cyberbullying going on.
Panda Security publishes volumes of support information online, including a startup guide, FAQs and a searchable knowledgebase. There is also an active user forum. Panda does offer telephone and live chat support, but you may be required to purchase an additional support package to receive individualized help. Email support is available to everyone without an additional cost.
The Panda Internet Security suite has a reliable record for malware detection and includes a useful tool set for protecting your PCs, identity and family. The features that elevate it to internet security suite status are parental controls, a firewall, backup and restoration tools, and remote PC access. Independent tests report that Panda rivals the best internet security software when it comes to detecting malware but that its good protection is at the expense of slowing system performance more than the industry average.