Pros / The safe browser tells you which search results are safe to click on.
Cons / It creates significant slowdown to your system.
Verdict / Panda offers decent protection for computers and mobile devices; however, it is light on extra security tools, especially for Mac computers and laptops.
Panda Dome Premium gives you access to each module for Windows, Mac, Android and iOS, plus a VPN that is compatible with PCs and Android mobile devices. You access each program from the online portal and download each module you need. The lowest premium package available comes with a single license, but you can purchase unlimited licenses to protect all your devices through one security service.
Our findings after testing Panda Security with live malware are very different from other independent laboratories. We found that Panda could only detect between 50 and 60 percent of the over 200 malware threats in our test sample. And when testing using the Microsoft Edge browser, Panda allowed 43 threats to download to our system. These were later found and quarantined by Panda when we ran a full system virus scan. When we emptied the quarantine folder after the scan, we were surprised that several threats made their way into the recycle bins rather than being completely deleted.
Most independent testing labs don’t consistently test Panda’s protection capabilities. But when they have, these labs have found similar struggles with Panda’s protection against Windows malware. All our findings show that running Panda creates significant slowdown of your computer. It was a struggle for us to keep up during online gameplay, and the computer experienced a lot of buffering while downloading programs, sharing files and sending out emails.
We did appreciate the Panda safe browsing feature. A Panda icon was clearly displayed next to search results letting us know which websites were safe to visit. Panda Dome Premium also includes a vulnerability scan, parent controls and a password manager with its Windows module.
As part of the Panda Dome Premium package, Panda includes its Mac antivirus program. Though it hadn’t been tested for Mac malware protection by independent labs at the time of this review, in the past Panda has done a good job of offering protection for Mac computers and laptops.
Beyond basic virus protection, Mac security tools include a password manager and safe banking features that keep your information shielded from online snoops and identity thieves. The safe browser function, which lets you know if sites listed from search results are safe to visit, also works with Mac browsers.
Parental controls aren’t available with the Mac antivirus module, which is another drawback of this computer protection program. It also doesn’t have a vulnerability scan, password manager or social network specific protections. If you have both a Windows and a Mac computer, and need equal protection for both, consider Trend Micro that has a good list of security tools and features that are included for both Mac and Windows machines.
As part of Panda Dome Premium, you get mobile programs that are compatible with both Android and iOS devices. Both come with antitheft tools that track and lock lost or stolen cellphones or tablets. The parental controls and password manager are available on mobile devices. You can block incoming calls and save your contact list to Panda’s cloud storage, so even if your phone is lost or stolen, all your contacts are readily available.
If you buy a Premium subscription, Panda provides 24/7 phone support, in addition to its email support. You also get 20GB of online backup storage to save copies of files, important documents and photos. This is helpful in restoring your computer after an attack.
Panda charges a monthly subscription fee, which most other programs don’t offer. However, even if you pay a full year upfront and receive the discount, the overall cost is much more expensive than other programs that offer the same protection and include more security tools.
- Windows Malware Detection
- Mac Malware Detection Rate
Panda Dome Premium comes with modules for both Windows and Mac computers, and mobile protection that is compatible with both iOS and Android devices. You get 20GB of online backup storage that is shared between all devices, and parental controls for Windows and mobile machines. Panda does create noticeable lag to computers, and has difficulty blocking malware before it downloads to your computer. It does an OK job of finding and quarantining them once they are found.