Panda Antivirus Pro
The anti-malware lineup from developer Panda Security comes in three variants: Antivirus Pro, Internet Security and Global Protection. While the last mentioned ones provide extra security measures to protect identity data and ensure a trusted environment for the online activity of all family members, Antivirus Pro offers basic protection against hacker, virus, worm, Trojan, phishing, rookit attacks and others.
It is also capable of monitoring emails and attachments, files sent via instant messenger services, along with websites.
Speedy installer and colorful interface
Panda's setup is a fast and easy job, since only basic configuration is necessary; the app does not give users the possibility of including and excluding the exact desired security modules to install.
It is wrapped in a colorful interface that adopts the Metro UI look of Windows 8. The primary window shows the current security status, total scanned files and blocked threats, while providing access to the scanner, reports, services, quarantine, antivirus and firewall.
Various scanning modes and configuration
Quick mode scans only important parts of the system such as the memory, active processes and cookies, Full evaluates the entire hard disk in depth, while Custom gives users the liberty to select the exact areas to sweep for infected files. Scan jobs can be scheduled.
As far as scan settings are concerned, users may tinker with the file types, (e.g. archives, emails, all extensions), threats (e.g. dialers, jokes, phishing, hacking tools, spyware), file and folder exclusions, heuristics, action on threat detection, email notifications, and so on. Settings can be restored to default.
Additional security measures
In addition, Panda may check the computer for security vulnerabilities (Windows updates) to immediately resolve them, create a bootable USB drive in case a virus keeps the computer from running within normal parameters, as well as use an emergency solution when the PC doesn't boot due to heavy malware infiltrations.
The application shows a button for advanced virus detection by resorting to Panda Cloud Cleaner, a separate free app which can be automatically installed by the tool (it has a portable counterpart with identical features).
Other features and settings
Items sent to the quarantine may be restored, deleted or sent to the Panda labs for professional investigation. It is possible to examine general statistics concerning the app's lifetime activity, as well as to analyze important events.
Evaluation and conclusion
Panda uses pretty low CPU and RAM while scanning but may take a long time to carry out the scan jobs. It provides good results concerning malware detection and removal, however. Users who love the Metro UI look should feel perfectly comfortable with Panda Antivirus Pro. It's not the most powerful antivirus application in terms of performance, however. There is also a free edition available with less features, called Panda Cloud Antivirus FREE.