Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Free Antivirus Panda 2016 Review

It may use the power of the cloud, but Panda's Free Antivirus still has an impact on system performance. But protection from viruses is excellent, and it adds in a couple of useful extra features. Here's our Panda Free Antivirus 2016 review Many of the big names in antivirus software offer free versions, but they're not always obvious when you visit their website as they'd prefer you to pay for a more comprehensive security suite.Here's our review of Panda's Free Antivirus 2016, which you can get for free by clicking here from Panda's website.Panda has revamped the look of its antivirus software and this goes for the free product as well as the paid-for ones. The main screen is a modern design with tiles for scanning statistics, a link to the dashboard, USB protection and process monitoring.These last two are unusual in an AV program.

 USB protection prevents apps from running automatically when you plug in a USB device and analyses file contents for malware, while process monitoring provides a simpler interface for the kind of info the Windows Task manager offers.Panda makes considerable claim for running most of its scanning in the cloud and having a very light touch on the PC platform its run on. This is something more and more of its competitors are now copying, but we didn’t notice any evidence of a low impact in our tests.A 50GB scan took 1 hour 57 minutes for a scan of 455,748, the second longest of all the free antivirus programs we've tested recently. This is not an undue worry for a first scan, as it’s during this task that most AV programs create a fingerprint of the files and know which ones not to retest unless they’ve undergone change between scans.What was more surprising was that our secondary scan, of the same set of files, still took 1 hour 17 minutes to examine 426,178 files. This is a clear indication that not much fingerprinting is being done and the software is still retesting a lot of files.
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