Basic Antivirus: Norton AntiVirus Basic VS Panda Antivirus Pro

by Lucia Danes - -

As Windows operating system continues leading IT industry, Windows threats remain increasing. So those who want to use the computer and browse the Internet with confidence have to get an additional layer of protection – third-party antivirus. Basic and entry-level security software is essential, so check out this article in order to choose the best one for you: Norton AntiVirus Basic or Panda Antivirus Pro.

Norton Panda

Norton AntiVirus Basic

To start with Norton AntiVirus Basic, the security package is developed by American cybersecurity company Norton by Symantec. The company was established in 1990 and operated the industry for almost 28 years. Norton by Symantec delivers its customers advanced, award-winning antivirus and security software. Norton develops security packages for individual users and businesses across the globe.[1]

Norton by Symantec offers Windows security packages suitable for everyone’s needs: Norton AntiVirus Basic, Norton Security Standard, Norton Security Deluxe, and Norton Security Premium. 

Norton AntiVirus Basic delivers basic protection for a single PC with a minimum range of additional features. The security package starts at 50$ and it does not even come with technical support. 

Norton basic antivirus

Malware Protection 

Norton AntiVirus Basic has three defensive layers, including traditional signature matching, a heuristic analysis that monitors the behavior. Finally, Norton detects all suspicious behavior and sends them to the company’s cloud servers for the further analysis. 

According to independent AV-TEST, Norton scores are perfect as it detected all widespread malware and unknown zero-day malware samples.

The security application also protects users while browsing the Internet and it comes with browser extensions including Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox. 

Additional features

Norton AntiVirus Basic focuses on malware protection and provides a very minimum range of additional features. The security suite offers anti-phishing system, anti-spam features, and browser extensions. 

Impact on system performances

It is known that Norton software used to drain the system and slow down its’ activities. However, the most recent products have improved and do not drown the system that much. Norton AntiVirus Basic has a moderate impact on a system. 

User interface

Norton AntiVirus Basic has a bright user interface which is easy to operate. The user interface is very functional and simple.

 Norton Antivirus scans

The Final Verdict
Norton AntiVirus Basic offers users excellent malware detection and removal rates. The impact on system performances is only mediocre and an average user would not even notice any computer slowdowns. It would be a good choice for those, who need advanced malware protection and protect their computer from malware and other cyber threats. However, basic version of the software focuses only on malware protection and lacks additional features and customer support. 

Malware protection Excellent
Impact on system performances Mediocre
Additional features Not many
User Interface Functional and simple

Panda Antivirus Pro

Panda Antivirus Pro is a basic antivirus software. It is developed by a Spanish cybersecurity company. The company was founded in 1990 as antivirus provider. Today the company expanded its focus and provides its customers with advanced privacy and security and products and services. Panda Security is one of the largest companies operating the industry and it protects millions individual users and businesses across the globe.[2]

Panda Security offers users its bare-bones protection for Windows at no cost at all. The paid packages include Panda Antivirus Pro, Panda Internet Security, Panda Global Protection, and Panda Gold Protection. 

Panda Antivirus Pro starts at about $40 for a year and covers one PC’s protection. The security suite includes competent malware protection, and safe web browsing, Android battery-life optimized and even extensions for Android Smart-wear.  If you want to try Panda Antivirus Pro, it offers a free 30-day trial. 

Panda antivirus protected

Malware Protection

Panda provides same malware protection techniques for its all Windows antivirus products. It is multi-layered protection that starts with viral-signature matching and backed up by heuristic monitoring. In addition, all suspicious files are sent to Panda’s cloud-based Collective Intelligence system for analysis. 

The security suite was tested by AV-TEST. According to the independent testing lab, Panda detected and stopped most of the malware samples. However, it missed a few threats and delivered several false positives.

Panda Security tries to change browser search provider and home page. 

Additional Features

As a basic entry-level package Panda Antivirus Pro provides a decent range of additional features. The package includes a license for Android devices, 2-way firewall, web filter, virtual keyboard, Wi-Fi scanner, and Rescue Kit. It also offers security and privacy features for other devices, including iPhone location service, Antivirus, Anti-Theft and device optimization for Android. 

Impact on system performances

Panda Antivirus Pro has a mediocre impact on system performances and slows down the computer during the scans. In addition, Panda’s scans are slow too, which can be bit annoying. 

User Interface

Panda, unlikely most of the security brands, provides a customizable user interface which is very convenient. The interface is bright and looks modern. 

Panda antivirus pro firewall

The Final Verdict 

Panda Antivirus Pro has decent malware protection rates and many extra features. Another good thing about the package is the customizable user interface. However, when it comes to downgrades, Panda Antivirus Pro has full system scans and only mediocre malware detection. It also tries to hijack browser search provider and home page. 

Malware protection Mediocre
Impact on system performances Mediocre
Additional features  As for a basic antivirus, many additional features
User Interface Customizable and modern-looking

 To Summarize

The security packages are quite different. While Norton Antivirus Basic focuses on providing users with reliable advanced antivirus protection, Panda provides users with more additional features. 

Norton AntiVirus Basic protects a single PC and does not offer many features. However, it has amazing malware protection, and relatively light system impact. 

Meanwhile, Panda has a customizable user interface and a moderate system-performance impact. In addition, Panda offers a decent set of extra features for a basic program. However, its malware protection is only mediocre, it also generates many false positives.

So if you are looking advanced, award-winning malware protection Norton Antivirus would be just right for you. Meanwhile, Panda offers more security and privacy features.


About the author

Lucia Danes
Lucia Danes - Malware and spyware analyst

Lucia Danes is a news editor at She is extremely passionate when it comes to helping people deal with various online threats, so she wants her articles to be understood even by those with no IT background.

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