PROS / Panda has innovative cloud-based malware-detection technology. This suite also includes a safe browser, parental controls and a rescue CD.
CONS / Panda Internet Security does not include a tool to scan links posted on social media sites.
VERDICT / Panda provides excellent protection against malware but at the expense of processor performance.
Editor's note: Version 2016 is now available. Clicking the Buy button will take you to this version for purchase. We will evaluate, rank and review version 2016 when we next update the Internet Security Suites Software reviews. Meanwhile, enjoy our review below about version 2015.
Panda Internet Security is considered an internet security suite, as opposed to a basic antivirus software product, because it has features such as parental controls, a firewall, a safe browser, a network manager and email protection. It comes with useful extras such as free online backup, restoration tools and remote PC access. It has tools for protecting your identity and contact information as well as a virtual keyboard for hiding login information from keyloggers. Panda has the technology detect suspiciously behaving websites and files. There is a tool for removing infected files from externally connected devices such as a USB drive. It can detect potentially dangerous threats attempting to migrate from within your network as well.
The Panda security suite includes the Panda Safe Browser, a browser that secures Internet Explorer and Firefox. However, it works best on Firefox, which Panda considers a safer browser than IE. 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 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 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 your teens attempt to access. The identity protection tool lets you configure exactly what information you do not want shared online without your permission, such as your Social Security or credit card number.
Panda publishes volumes of support information online but only provides direct support via email. Online are a quick start guide, FAQs and a searchable knowledgebase. You can follow Panda on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and YouTube. There is also an active user forum.
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, antiphishing, 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. Panda is not among our top 10 internet security products because of its effect on system performance and because it lacks some of the features associated with better internet security suites.