5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I have used Panda Antivirus for many years and I can't recall ever getting a virus or at least none that caused any damage. Once in a while I will check my system with another scanner just to see if Panda is preventing viruses and it appears to be doing an excellent job. Rarely do I ever find any viruses that are able to slip by Panda. You won't find a better antivirus prevention program. It also does a good job on automatic updates. It's non-intrusive and runs quietly in the background. The additional protection of the firewall is a plus and the firewall seems to work well too. Generally I don't like bundled packages, but this combination seems to work flawlessly. The firewall doesn't have much configurability, so if that's important to you, you might want to just get the antivirus product instead of the combo, but you can turn off the firewall if you want. The real downside to Panda is that sometimes the install can be a nightmare. I don't recall having much of an issue with the 2007 version, but some earlier versions were just horrendous. If you can deal with a sometimes quirky install and finally get it working, the payoff is well worth the struggle. Some of the easier to install, better known competitors just don't provide as much protection. Something else to be aware of is that Webroot SpySweeper (a popular anti-spyware program) had some serious conflicts with Panda's scan. This is not the fault of Panda and Webroot has corrected most of the conflicts in their current version. There still appears to be one big conflict, but there is a workaround for it. Panda's support can be a little spotty at times. Sometimes I have gotten good response; other times it has been a bit slow. They always seem to respond even if it takes a while. Since the product works so well once up and running it is rare that you would even need support; most likely you'll need it an install time. If you are building a new system, install it early and you shouldn't have any issues. As security products tend to get more comprehensive, there are a bound to be more conflicts and if you try to run multiple products you can have difficulty. Panda seems no worse (and no better) than any others in that regard. I highly recommend it even with the caveats mentioned here.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 28, 2007
This company should be avoided at all costs. They are relentless spammers. If you give them your email address, you will never get off their list. It doesn't matter how many times you ask to be taken off.