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Panda Antivirus 2012: Review
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Panda Antivirus 2012 is an advanced antivirus product introduced by the Spanish security company Panda. With around 3.2 percent market share, Panda is placed among the largest antivirus software vendors in the world. Panda Antivirus 2012 is the latest offering from Panda with many innovative tools and features that are designed to protect your computer from malware, hackers, rootkits and identity theft.

Panda Antivirus 2012 works for both Microsoft Windows and Macintosh operating system with two distinct versions. Both the versions are designed to provide protection from viruses, worms, spyware and ID theft. So with Panda Antivirus 2012 you stay protected while you are browsing the internet, e-mailing, chatting or using your iPhone, iPad or iPod.

Panda’s evaluation on lab tests

Lab tests are the means to judge and evaluate the efficacy of an antivirus program. Panda has been tested and certified for its performance by AV-Test, ICSA and West Coast labs. In all these tests Panda Antivirus 2012 has scored well on account of its protection, repair and usability features.

In the test conducted by AV-Test, Panda scored 83% for its outstanding security features for the Windows 7 users. Panda was found better during the test than most of the antivirus programs except BitDefender and Kaspersky which scored 100% for protecting Windows 7. Moreover, Panda scored 92% for protecting Windows XP which is at par with Kaspersky.

In another test conducted by AV-Comparatives org, Panda Antivirus 2012 has been given “Advanced,” the second highest rating for any antivirus program. In a recently conducted test by AV-Comparatives for product’s ability to prevent malware infestation, Panda has been placed at the fifth from the top in a list of 17 tested products. It was found in the test that Panda blocked 97.4 percent of the threats. The first position was grabbed by Symantec with 99.3 percent.

The ability of Panda Antivirus to clean up rootkits can be slightly disappointing. However, this antivirus detects 100 percent of threats that use rootkit technology but fails to clean up them entirely, leaving around half of them running. It leads to the conclusion that it offers a poor cleanup of rootkits.

Overall, Panda Antivirus is capable of detecting 85 percent of threats that is better than G Data (83) and avast! (81). Thus, it can be concluded that it does not cleanup infections entirely. It performs best in detecting and removing scareware or rogue security software. It detects almost all the scareware programs efficiently and is way ahead of its competitors in this regard.

Wrap up:

Advantages

• Enhanced privacy with optional safe browser

• Can install and scan in ‘safe mode’

• Offers comprehensive firewall protection

• Very effective against web-based malware

• Offers virtual keyboard to stop keyloggers.

Disadvantages

• Not good at rootkits removal

• Poor protection from new malware attack

• Safe browser is bulky and cumbersome to use

• Does not provide live chat and phone support

• Certain exploits are blocked by Firewall.


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