Panda Free Antivirus

Panda Free Antivirus

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.6
out of 583 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    15.0.1
  • Total Downloads:
    7,550,268
  • Date Added:
    Jul. 27, 2015
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    1.51MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    91,958
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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Panda Free Antivirus is fast and free, boasts the top score in real-world protection, and offers a USB drive cleaner.

Pros

High security scores: Panda Free Antivirus scored an impressive 99.9 percent in real-world protection from AV-Comparatives, edging Bitdefender out of the top spot. Scanning in full mode took us about six minutes, which is fast for a free scanner.

Easy USB rescue setup: Panda includes a rescue USB tool that scans and removes viruses from your hard drive. The walk-through will show you how to install Panda Cloud Cleaner onto your flash drive, so that you can then boot your PC with Cloud Cleaner running.

Metro-like design: Panda Free Antivirus comes dressed like Windows 8. Each tiled module behaves similarly to the Windows 8 tile screen, complete with rearrangeable boxes and colors. Add more tools by upgrading to one of the premium versions.

Cons

Browser tampering: Panda includes some minor annoyances during installation. If you miss the opt-out prompt, your default browser search will automatically change to Yahoo, and your home page will be taken over by MyStart. You can avoid these results, but some users will still find the behavior annoying.

Bottom Line

Panda Free Antivirus has significantly boosted its protection score. As you make your way up through the pro versions, Panda Antivirus begins offering some of the more compelling tools, like backup schedulers, and removes browser offers from the installation process. The modern, Windows-8-style look hasn't changed much from last year's appearance, though that's not necessarily a bad thing. Panda Free Antivirus doesn't offer a lot of bonus tools but is a solid release that will protect your PC.

 
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User Reviews
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    out of 583 votes

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3 stars

"Support sucks, product okay"

August 03, 2015  |  By Ritergal

 |  Version: Panda Free Antivirus 15.0.1

Pros

It's free, IF you pay attention and select the BASIC option on the left when you install rather than the FREE TRIAL on the right. Our natural inclination is to go for FREE and the right position. Clever of them. Except that steams people and keeps them from wanting to upgrade.

It's easy to find the spot for setting an exception on the fly and that function does work.

So far it hasn't caught any bugs on my machine, so I don't know what it would do if it did. I can't tell if it's auto-scanning like most other do, but it does seem to be constantly aware.

Cons

Support, at least for the free version, is non-existent. There is a section on the support forum for Free Antivirus, but unless the moon is full or some other arcane condition they don't explain is met, it's locked for new posts, thus worthless. I'm a 35 year computer veteran, a power user, and Panda's support for this product is hands down the worst I've EVER seen. They get minus stars for that.

If you assume you need to set a password for your console, you may be out of luck. If you forget -- the password or that you set one -- the only way I could figure out to fix things was to reinstall. Just don't set one. This is such and UNACCEPTABLE situation, with NO information I could find online.

Summary

I keep subtracting stars as I write, but the bottom line is whether it does protect my machine. So far it seems that it does, and reports claim it's the best at doing that. What a shame the lack of written support is so annoying. I'll keep it at three for protection and give it a minus three for support.

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1 stars

"Would not install"

July 23, 2015  |  By MrTobyDog

 |  Version: Panda Free Antivirus 15.1.0

Pros

Couldn't find any except it was a small download

Cons

WOuld not install on Win 7 machine - got the popup box asking for permission to install then nothing

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5 stars

"Panda Free Antivirus"

July 22, 2015  |  By hunter1127

 |  Version: Panda Free Antivirus 15.1.0

Pros

Found stuff that Avast and AVG Robo scan missed Panda found 8 Virus files that the others missed so if you need a good antivirus then Panda will do the job that the others miss.and yes i tried all of them and only one could find anything. Give it a try and see if it will do the job for you that others can't.

Cons

None That I can find.

Summary

Should be #1 on the list

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5 stars

"Simple, Light and Effective"

July 11, 2015  |  By Batchoy2

 |  Version: Panda Free Antivirus 15.1.0

Pros

- Feature rich free AV
- Easy to use
- Light on resources
- Works well with Zone Alarm Free Firewall
- No issues even when you still use XP

Cons

- Occasionally, there is a pop-up upgrade reminder but not too annoying really.

Summary

Panda is as light, quiet and effective as MSE. Highly recommended!

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3 stars

"Interface is cute, but not the gray screen at start up"

July 04, 2015  |  By anongooduser

 |  Version: Panda Free Antivirus 15.1.0

Pros

Nice interface
Easy to use

Cons

Lenovo pc hangs at gray screen upon start up
Not as many features as some others

Summary

It was a nice thought, being able to get rid of mcafee that was preinstalled. Unfortunately, for my lenovo g50, the software was less than satisfactory. Uninstalled, and now I'm using Avira free. No gray screen yet. If you're looking at Panda, give it a try, see if it works for you. Just didn't work for me.

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5 stars

"fair and decent"

June 26, 2015  |  By MATT SLATTERY

 |  Version: Panda Free Antivirus 15.1.0

Pros

easy to use not perfect but still detects where some may miss.

Cons

Never encountered any

Summary

I have 3 different AV programs since not one Av will catch every thing. My primary is Comodo's Internet Security Panda and as a last ditch effort Vipre rescue scanner.
I have had Avast where you have install an uninstaller just to remove the program. AVG blocks even those programs that are legit. and a lot of others give little to no true protection until after the infection unless bought full version.
Panda is a decent free and trustworthy AV. It will not interfere with other AV. Never had any problem install or any infection from installing. If you are concerned about infection of installing a program then you whould not use a thrid party site such as this or any other. Rather you should go to the manufacture's sight and see if they have a direct download. Then you can be more certain of a clean installation.

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2 stars

"Caused my printer to drop offline"

June 16, 2015  |  By earthresident

 |  Version: Panda Free Antivirus 15.1.0

Pros

Seemed to run well & lite

Cons

Printer/scanner dropped offline

Summary

Might have been able to resolve, but not worth the time or effort. Uninstalled

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5 stars

"Best protection after Bitdefender"

June 15, 2015  |  By Saad Mir

 |  Version: Panda Free Antivirus 15.1.0

Pros

Detection rate
Light weight
Game Mode
Vaccine USB
Customizable UI
No annoying ads
and much more

Cons

nothing major

Summary

A great Free Virus Protection, so far i like it very much, previously tried Avast and AVG, but am stick with it

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5 stars

"Very Good protection yet light-weight on computer"

June 08, 2015  |  By calvinmike

 |  Version: Panda Free Antivirus 15.1.0

Pros

High protection rate, Lighter than many other Antivirus

Cons

None I know of

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5 stars

"Great Product."

June 03, 2015  |  By B_Hill

 |  Version: Panda Free Antivirus 15.1.0

Pros

Excellent service , I am Extremely pleased with this AV!

Cons

None, but only 4.5 because nobody's perfect

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 15.0.1
The new version is compatible with Windows 10.
General
Publisher Panda Security
Publisher web site http://www.pandasecurity.com
Release Date July 24, 2015
Date Added July 27, 2015
Version 15.0.1
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 1.51MB
File Name PANDAFREEAV.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 7,550,268
Downloads Last Week 91,958
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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