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Panda Antivirus for Mac Review

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PROS / Panda Antivirus for Mac is great at detecting Mac malware without slowing system performance.

CONS / Antiphishing is not included.

 VERDICT / Panda Antivirus for Mac eliminates Mac viruses efficiently.

Panda Antivirus for Mac is excellent at virus detection with barely noticeable effect on system performance. The software occupies a small footprint because it does most of its work in the cloud. Even offline, it continues to work by caching malware signatures locally and watching for strange system behaviors that betray the presence of malware.

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In 2014, two respected software labs conducted Mac malware testing on Mac security software. Panda was not in the AV-Comparatives tests, but it participated at AV-Test and proved to be among the best Mac security products. AV-Test exposed Panda’s scanning routine to 117 malware samples. Also, it tested the application's background virus checker to see whether it could discover 84 infected files being copied from one folder to another. Panda produced a 98.3 percent detection rate without noticeable effect on system performance. To check performance, AV-Test first recorded the time it took to copy 7.3GB of data on a machine without any Mac internet security. Then AV-Test ran the same test on a machine running Panda. The unprotected Mac took 17.2 seconds to copy the data. With Panda installed it took 20.6 seconds. One of the competing applications took 40 seconds by comparison. One of Panda’s competitors even took seven minutes without achieving Panda’s impressive Mac malware detection rate.

  1. Test results from AV-Test, August 2014
    Higher is Better
  2. 8 Panda Antivirus
    98.3%
  3. 98.3%
  4. 100%
  5. 99.1%
  6. Category Average
    83.91%

Panda also detects Windows malware to prevent you from infecting others. It takes care of spyware too. Similar to almost half of the Apple security products in our review, Panda includes a proprietary software firewall that can protect Wi-Fi networks from attacks and intrusions. It vaccinates USB flash drives and does not interrupt you when it detects that you are watching videos or playing games. There is no antiphishing, however, a feature that most of its competitors have.

Panda hosts software downloads and tools online with a searchable product knowledgebase. Associated documentation is also online. There is a tech support forum you can register for to enjoy advice from fellow users. Inquiries to tech support are via online form. Panda is also on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Summary

Panda Antivirus for Mac is great at malware detection. Furthermore, it is easy to operate and does not use a large portion of the hard drive. Some of its competitors include more features, but in terms of antimalware, Panda is close to the leading products. Unfortunately it does not include antiphishing.

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