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Editors' Rating:
Editors' Rating:
Very good
Average User Rating:
out of 624 votes out of 624 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    18.05
  • Total Downloads:
    15,875,805
  • Date Added:
    Apr. 16, 2018
  • Price:
    Free; $46.99 to buy (Buy it now)
  • File Size:
    2.05MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    76,951
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

The Download Now link will download a small installer file to your desktop. Remain online and double-click the installer to proceed with the actual download.

Editors' Review

Panda Free Antivirus is one of many free antivirus programs working to distinguish itself from the herd -- and with a history stretching back to 1990, the company has a lot of experience under its belt. In recent years, its focus has shifted to enterprise security, but its home user antivirus program is worth a look.

Pros

Scores well in independent tests: In evaluating a mix of behavioral detection and virus signatures, AV-Test and AV-Comparatives indicate that Panda is very good at recognizing what is and isn't malware, to a degree that puts it in the same league as Kaspersky (Windows, Mac, Android), Norton (Windows, Android), and Avira (Windows, Mac, Android, iOS). While you can never guarantee 100 percent protection, Panda locks things down surprisingly tightly, especially for a free product.

It doesn't give you a hard sell: Free antivirus programs frequently dangle bonus features that you need to pay for to unlock, to the point of implying that your protection isn't "complete" until you do. Panda just puts a banner in the lower left corner of the main window inviting you to upgrade. (It would be nice to see both the monthly and annual subscription displayed; the annual looks like a better deal.)

Cons

Installer ignores a user preference: The installer offers "Panda Safe Web" in addition to Panda Free Antivirus; this is a browser security add-on empowered to change your browser's default search engine and default home page. If you elect to install the add-on but disable those changes, the add-on will make the changes anyway. The only way to revert them is to uninstall the add-on altogether.

It wants your email address every time you open it: You can skip the account creation step that pops up while installing Panda, but you can't stop it from continuing to ask for your email address.

Presentation could use more polish: Text in the interface is jagged, which imparts a dated feel. Icons in the main window have no labels, and only one of them has a tooltip that appears when you hover your pointer over it. The Panda logo lights up when hovered over but does nothing when clicked. The settings don't explain functions like "USB Protection" or "Process Monitor" for the less technically knowledgeable user.

Bottom Line

Panda scores well in independent testing, but in a market as competitive as this one, the user experience could use a friendlier touch to make the software stand out.

 
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Full Specifications

What's new in version 18.05
Version 18.05:
  • New customizable interface, new look & feel. Even easier to use.
  • New protection technology, with 100% detection rate in real world environments.
  • Free VPN (150 Mb/day from one virtual location).
General
Publisher Panda Security
Publisher web site http://www.pandasecurity.com
Release Date March 21, 2018
Date Added April 16, 2018
Version 18.05
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 2.05MB
File Name PANDAFREEAV.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 15,875,805
Downloads Last Week 76,951
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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