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Panda Dome Advanced

By Panda Security Free to try Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

tom.mcnamara Sep 10, 2015

Panda Internet Security 2016 is a highly respectable antimalware suite with useful frills.

Pros

A premium-grade malware-scanning engine: Spain-based Panda has been in the security software business for 25 years, and its apps regularly score highly in independent lab tests. AV-Test and AV-Comparatives rank Panda almost at the the top of the charts for scanning speed, scanning results, and impact on system performance.

Additional application control: If malware circumvents Windows' own controls, Panda Internet Security 2016 has an optional control layer that can block something malicious.

Gaming/multimedia mode: You can tell Internet Security 2016 to not pop up notifications when you're playing a game or watching a movie, which reduces distractions and facilitates live streaming.

High-quality cloud storage: Panda offers a 15% discount for MozyHome, a cloud storage service that uses client-side encryption, a security method that is important for ensuring your privacy. You can also sign up for 2GB of storage for free. MozyHome is not our first choice, since its storage capacity is still relatively expensive despite the coupon, but it's a lot better than the cloud storage options usually provided by antimalware suites. It's also not tied to your antimalware subscription, so you can cancel or let one service lapse without losing the other.

Cons

The interface feels a little rough: This is normally a minor detail for security software, but jagged edges on text matter more than usual when you're in a highly competitive product category. The X to close a window is small and difficult to target. A high-quality interface also imparts confidence in the quality of the product elsewhere (for better or worse). If you were trying to impress a client, we would not recommend Internet Security 2016.

The interface could be more informative: The management console doesn't explain the function of things like the Data Shield, Wifi Protection, or Smart DNS, which forces the curious user to do some legwork to figure out the value of the product.

Not quite the best antimalware: Bitdefender and Kaspersky's engines score slightly higher in lab tests, consistently, though home users are unlikely to see a difference in engine quality.

Bottom Line

The points against Panda are pretty mild. If you're a regular user of Panda's antimalware suite, we see no reason to switch to another brand, because its protection engine is very robust, and that matters a lot more than jagged text. But if you prefer Bitdefender or Kaspersky, we wouldn't recommend switching to Panda, either.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 18.5

Version 18.5:
  • New customizable interface, new look & feel. Even easier to use.
  • New protection technology, with 100% detection rate* in real world environments.
  • Improved Parental Control and Ransomware prevention.
  • Free VPN (150 Mb/day from one virtual location).

General

Release March 25, 2018
Date Added March 25, 2018
Version 18.5

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows 7, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None

Popularity

Total Downloads 1,654,275
Downloads Last Week 9
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Developer's Description

Want protection for you and your family on the Internet? Panda Dome Advanced provides the most advanced protection against Internet threats. Maximum protection for all your devices Secure your data Protect your Wi-Fi network from intruders and browse the Web with peace of mind Forget about backup copies until you need them Protect your family with parental controls Panda Dome Advanced lets you use the Internet for everything, like shopping and banking online, with complete privacy and security. Panda Dome Advanced also protects you against online fraud, identity theft, phishing and other cyber-attacks. Make sure your kids browse the Web safely with parental controls. Safeguard your documents and confidential data. Enjoy peace of mind knowing your information is private. Start your computer in safe mode and disinfect it in critical situations.

Share this recovery tool and help others clean their computers. Panda Security's Cloud Technology provides a new protection model based on a user community where everyone contributes. Your computer will always be up-to-date and protected. Additionally, your device won't restrict the detection power as Panda's huge virus detection database is located on the Internet (the cloud). Enjoy a new, more modern and intuitive user experience aligned with that provided by the latest operating systems and platforms. You don't have to be an expert to use it. Panda Dome Advanced does everything for you. Install it and forget about viruses and other threats. Browse the Web with peace of mind. Keep your family safe from inappropriate Web content. Protect your data, money and identity from cyber-criminals. Protect yourself anytime, anywhere.