Panda Free Antivirus

Panda Free Antivirus

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.6
out of 569 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    15.1.0
  • Total Downloads:
    6,458,832
  • Date Added:
    Mar. 13, 2015
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    1.56MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    52,879
  • 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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  • Current Version

    3.5

    out of 11 votes

    • 5 star 6
    • 4 star 0
    • 3 star 1
    • 2 star 1
    • 1 star 3
  • All Versions

    3.6

    out of 569 votes

    • 5 star 248
    • 4 star 124
    • 3 star 44
    • 2 star 45
    • 1 star 108
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1 stars

"Worked in 2012 but not anymore"

April 11, 2015  |  By scrabtree

 |  Version: Panda Free Antivirus 15.1.0

Pros

Used to work well. I liked that it was always automatically up to date using cloud based virus definitions. But...

Cons

.. it stopped working. Everytime I would restart my computer Panda would stop working after a few minutes. It was locked up until I restarted PC again, but then stopped working every single restart. So I replaced it with free AV from my ISP and that scan found 3 viruses/trojans. I suspect they were deactivating Panda. I sought help through support forums only to find many others with this problem and many others. Frustration abounds at feeling ignored by this company. That's too bad, I used to like them.

Summary

This used to be a decent product, but I can't trust it anymore.

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1 stars

"AVG blocks installation of Panda due to Trojan"

April 06, 2015  |  By stevemclemore

 |  Version: Panda Free Antivirus 15.1.0

Pros

None. I haven't been able to install Panda Free Antivirus yet.

Cons

I have tried a couple of times to download and install Panda Free Antivirus. Every time I try to install the software, my AVG Antivirus Program blocks the installation and warns me that it has detected Malsign.generic.317 in the program. Malsign.generic.317 is a Trojan

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5 stars

"Excellent Antivirus"

April 04, 2015  |  By boxturtle4

 |  Version: Panda Free Antivirus 15.1.0

Pros

Fast, easy to use, works in the background and you don't even know it is there.

Cons

Have been using it for awhile with no problems.

Summary

I use Avast on 4 my computers. I was having trouble with one of my computers loosing hard drive space each time I turned it on. I switched to Panda and stopped loosing my hard drive space. Reviewers complain about programs they don't want downloading with the Panda download. You need to click on "custom download" not "standard download" to opt out of these downloads.

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5 stars

"Like it better every day"

April 01, 2015  |  By BucholzBenestad

 |  Version: Panda Free Antivirus 15.1.0

Pros

Free. Simple to use and setup. Effective

Cons

None, does what i want

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3 stars

"Does well but too complicated."

March 30, 2015  |  By Xaja60

 |  Version: Panda Free Antivirus 15.1.0

Pros

Does everything it says it will do.

Cons

Too complicated for the average user.

Summary

Good for advanced computer users.

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5 stars

"Good a product!"

March 23, 2015  |  By KevanBurgoon

 |  Version: Panda Free Antivirus 15.1.0

Pros

Flawless performance

Cons

None I can think of.

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2 stars

"Causes Blue Screen of Death in Win 7"

March 21, 2015  |  By dexteriot

 |  Version: Panda Free Antivirus 15.1.0

Pros

Free, easy to use, easy on resources, fast

Cons

causes the blue screen of death, its been working fine for several months now, but since last week it crashed my pc 5 times. after downloading WhoCrashed which analyzed the dump files 5 out 5 cases Panda was pointed out as the culprit. Too bad, its a nice program otherwise

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5 stars

"Best of all of them"

March 19, 2015  |  By fredg06

 |  Version: Panda Free Antivirus 15.1.0

Pros

Uses much less resources than Avast and AVG free. Updates whenever there are new antivirus updates.
Runs a scheduled scan at 2 am, twice a week., but can be set for any days, anytime.

Cons

None known as yet.

Summary

I use a 2000 Dell computer tower, xp, with sp3, internet explorer 8, and opera 12.
Panda is great, and have had no problems whatsoever. When installing, if you don't want a bundled bunch of software programs added in with it, then click on "Advanced", "Custom" or "Decline" when asked for other software. I have had no problems with an installing free programs.
Simply READ what you are clicking on before you click!

Updated on Apr 14, 2015

I tried Avast, after uninstalling Panda Free. Avast used 32 Meg RAM, just sitting there "idle"...my web surfing slowed down way, way too much!!
I then uninstalled Avast, and went back to Panda Free. Now my older computer with only 256 Meg RAM goes much, much faster on the web, using only 19 Meg RAM, "idle", and much, much less when surfing than Avast.
I like Panda Cloud's downloading virus definitions whenever there is a new one...not waiting until 2 days from now or so. I set (in Settings) the program to not download new versions of Panda unless it asks me. I also disabled much of the reporting back to Panda site, because it slows down my web site surfing.
If people would only READ the install window on programs, they could uncheck the items they don't want, like toolbars, etc. They could also choose "custom", or something else, to not install other program bundles. Many don't even read what they are installing!!
I will stay with Panda, schedule to scan twice weekly.

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5 stars

"So far so good"

March 19, 2015  |  By karakteran

 |  Version: Panda Free Antivirus 15.1.0

Pros

after new version of avast free messed up my wireless connection (grime fighter?) moved to panda free.
works invisibly, no impact on pc performance, it updates automaticaly every 20-40 minutes without even notice it.
after fresh reinstall of windows 7 no signs of malware, critical areas scan went fine and quick (3 min).

Cons

ugly GUI (don't like black color).

Summary

have to wait few more days to see how it is going to perform in various situations.
silent av, no pop up, simple interface, ask almost zero confguration.

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1 stars

"Don't install!"

March 16, 2015  |  By tomplichta

 |  Version: Panda Free Antivirus 15.1.0

Pros

Would probably be good if it worked.

Cons

Completely bricked my computer! Understand that it was only a "few" users who were affected before the problem was corrected, but if you're one of the ones whose computer was trashed it was not a pleasant experience

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 15.1.0
The new version is built on a new platform and introduces a new UI.
General
Publisher Panda Security
Publisher web site http://www.pandasecurity.com
Release Date March 08, 2015
Date Added March 13, 2015
Version 15.1.0
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 1.56MB
File Name PANDAFREEAV.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 6,458,832
Downloads Last Week 52,879
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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