Panda Dome Antivirus 2021 Test & Review
Reviews score: Excellent
Panda Security uses cutting-edge technologies, including artificial intelligence and cloud computing, to achieve a high level of protection and minimal performance footprint. It provides consumers with offline and online safety, password and personal data protection, parental controls, remote device control, and a VPN.
- Excellent protection for Windows: Panda scores very well in the tests for Windows 10, keeping your PC or laptop safe from malware.
- Very good performance scores: Panda has little to no impact on the speed of your PC, allowing it to be as fast and smooth as ever.
- Great bonus features (including a free VPN): It comes with parental controls, a password manager, a USB scan, a free VPN, and much more.
- Complete antivirus for Android: Panda’s antivirus for Android is excellent, coming with a virus scanner, anti-theft tools, and free VPN.
- Excellent password manager: Panda has recently developed a new password manager, which is beautifully designed, highly intuitive and very secure.
- No protection for iOS: Only a phone locator.
- Free VPN limited at 150mb per day: The full VPN requires a subscription.
Panda offers several cybersecurity products for home and business users. Its solutions use artificial intelligence and cloud computing to protect the user’s devices. Panda’s antivirus solution for home users is Panda Dome, though users can opt to buy individual modules instead of the entire suite. Let’s take a closer look.
Panda Dome is available in four standard packages – Essential, Advanced, Complete, and Premium. Available for Windows, Mac, and Android users.
The Essential subscription plan covers the basic antivirus features only. It protects the user from viruses, both offline and online. It also features Wi-Fi protection that monitors the user’s networks. And It can scan external devices to make sure no harmful files enter the device’s storage.
Only Windows and Android users can get the Advanced plan, which offers more advanced protection, personal data protection, and parental control. The Advanced plan for Android adds the Phone Locator feature should the phone get stolen. It also features Call Blocker and Privacy Auditor.
Panda Dome Complete is available only to Windows users. It includes the PC Optimizer feature, which can make a computer run smoother and faster. It also brings complete protection of passwords and sensitive data such as credit card info.
Only Windows and Mac users can purchase the Panda Premium plan. This plan brings to the table the Update Manager feature that helps with important updates. Complete protection of sensitive data and user passwords is also part of the Premium plan. The Mac version gets a premium VPN service along with the antivirus.
Home users don’t have to buy standard subscriptions. Instead, they can opt for the features needed (called modules). The current roster includes Panda Cleanup, Panda VPN, Panda Dome Passwords, and Panda Family.
Only Windows users can buy the Panda Cleanup module. This module includes a set of tools to speed up the device. The list includes Boot Manager and Registry Cleaner.
Panda’s VPN is available to macOS, iOS, Windows, and Android users. Being based on Hotspot Shield VPN’s, it both fast and reliable.
Panda Dome Passwords is a module that protects and manages user passwords. It comes as an app for Android and iOS, and as browser extension Chrome and Firefox.
Lastly, Panda Family is for Android and iOS users who want to prevent their kids from reaching malicious sites and inappropriate content on the internet.
Security & Performance
Panda Security, the company behind Panda Antivirus, hails from Spain. It is a multinational company that specializes in protective software and is known for its cutting-edge technologies.
The company’s initial focus was on antivirus software, though it diversified into advanced cybersecurity solutions and technologies that take the fight to cybercriminals around the world. TruPrevent is Panda’s patented technology, and it can help discover and block unknown viruses.
Today, Panda has more than 30 million users in more than 180 countries in the world. The company has more than 600 employees and 16 subsidiaries.
Security is the most important aspect of any cyber-security tool. The tool’s worth directly depends on how well it can protect the user from offline and online threats. Many leading testing houses perform thorough security tests and AV-Test and AV-Comparatives are the most prominent.
Unfortunately, AV-Test hasn’t tested any Panda products in recent trials. The latest entries from the Spanish company were in 2018 when the folks at AV-Test put Panda Dome 18.6 through its trials. However, AV-Test has omitted Panda Dome and its stablemates in the years that followed.
On the other hand, AV-Comparatives features Panda’s products prominently in its tests on Windows. In the most recent five editions of the Malware Protection Test, Panda Antivirus had mixed results in the Offline Detection category. In Online Detection, however, the program performed well and it trended upward in recent appearances. The record performance in this category is 97.6%.
For AV-Comparatives’ Real-World Protection tests, antivirus programs are confronted with various real-world threats. Panda has performed consistently well and has rather improved in recent tests.
Panda has a generally low count of false positives – non-malicious sites and apps flagged as malicious. The record performance in recent trials was only nine false positives.
AV-Comparatives’ Performance test has eight categories: first and subsequent runs of file copying, archiving/unarchiving, installing/uninstalling applications, first and subsequent runs of launching applications, file download speed, and browsing speed.
Over the last 5 tests performed by AV-Comparatives, Panda has scored either “Fast” or the maximum “Very Fast” in every category. This means that you can safely use Panda without worrying about your device’s performance.