Entry-level protection: McAfee Antivirus Plus VS Panda Antivirus Pro

by Linas Kiguolis - -

If you are looking for basic antivirus protection and Internet security check out this article, which will compare two basic level PC Antivirus software McAfee 2018 Antivirus Pro and Panda Antivirus Pro. Both developers operate the market for years and it is well known among Windows users. So which entry-level protection would be better for you? 

Panda and McAfee Enty-level Protection

McAfee 2018 Antivirus Plus

McAfee 2018 Antivirus Plus is developed by McAfee Inc. The company is based in the USA and was established in 1987. Today McAfee is one of the most experienced cybersecurity companies that develops Internet security software and antivirus products and services for home and business users.[1]

McAfee provides various security and antivirus packages for home users that fit anyone’s needs, including McAfee Antivirus, McAfee Antivirus Plus, McAfee Internet Security, McAfee Total Protection, and McAfee LifeSafe. 

This article will reveal main features of McAfee Antivirus Plus. The package also includes licenses for McAfee’s Mac, iOS and Android software up to 10 devices. 

McAfee Antivirus Plus Scans

Malware Protection

McAfee antivirus system checks suspicious icons against a database of known malware samples. The database is updated several times per day so McAfee protects against even the most recent malware. In addition, it uses behavioral monitoring and reputation analysis to detect unknown malware. If McAfee defenses detect any suspicious icons it uploads them to McAfee’s Threat Center for further analysis. Even though most antivirus systems allows users to avoid this procedure, McAfee does not. 

McAfee Antivirus Plus also include Web Advisor browser extensions for Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Safari. McAfee provides users with very good malware protection since it started to use malware-scanning engine According to AV-TEST, McAfee blocked all malware without any false positives. 

Additional Features

McAfee Antivirus Plus offers users a number of security and privacy features including a file shredder, system optimizer, system vulnerability scanner, a two-way firewall and more. However, it does not include parental controls, password manager or online storage that comes with more expensive McAfee security packages. So this basic protection would not work for those who want to protect their children or receive advanced privacy features.

Impact on system performances

McAfee Antivirus Plus has a heavy system load during scans and noticeably slows down the computer. The quick scan does not even take a minute, however, a full scan can take longer than the market average.

User Interface

Compared to previous versions, McAfee 2018 interface is much lighter and brighter. The security solution is also easy to understand and the interface provides simple navigation. 

McAfee Antivirus risks

The Final Verdict

McAfee Antivirus Plus provides reliable protection for those, who want to shield their computers. It also offers a variety of useful additional features. However, McAfee Antivirus Plus does not include protection for your entire family and has a heavy system load during scans. 

Malware Protection Very good
Impact on system performances Heavy, especially during scans
Additional features Many
User Interface Light and bright looking, easy to use

Panda Antivirus Pro

Panda Antivirus Pro is developed by Panda Security, the Spanish-based company that specializes in IT security software and delivers security solutions for businesses and home users. The company was established in 1990 as antivirus software provider. Today Panda Security is one of the largest companies operating the cybersecurity industry.

Panda provides its’ the most basic security at no costs, in addition to several versions of security packages for Windows PCs, including Panda Antivirus Pro, Panda Internet Security, Panda Global Protection, and Panda Gold Protection. 

Panda Antivirus Pro combines advanced malware protection and safe web browsing features. It also includes antivirus for Android devices, battery life optimized and extension for Android wear devices.[2]

Malware Protection

Panda Security uses same malware protection for all Windows antivirus systems. Panda offers multi-layered protection that comes with a traditional viral-signature matching, heuristic monitoring, and shape-shifting malware by analyzing its code, specifications, and behavior.

Any suspicious files are sent to Panda’s cloud-based Collective Intelligence system for further analysis. Just like McAfee, Panda will not let users opt out the sample-collection system. 

Panda provides users with several scan modes including full scan that checks the entire system or critical scan that scans only selected areas. However, according to AV-TEST labs, Panda demonstrates only mediocre malware detection rates, as the antivirus missed a few threats and delivered several false positives.

Panda Antivirus Protection

Additional Features

Panda Antivirus Pro provides additional features including 2-way firewall, web filter, virtual keyboard, Wi-Fi scanner, and rescue kit. It also protects Android devices. As a basic product, Panda Antivirus Pro is pretty well-stocked. However, just like McAfee Antivirus Pro, it does not provide parental controls for basic products, so users that want to protect their entire family should get more expensive security package. 

Impact on system performances

Panda Antivirus Pro has a noticeable impact on system performances. It also slows down a computer during the full scan by 40% compared to baseline. In addition, the full scan is also very slow. 

User Interface

The user interface has not changed since last year, it is pretty simple and easy to navigate. It is worth to mention that Panda allows users to customize its interface which is very convenient. 

Panda Antivirus Pro Program

The Final Verdict

Panda Antivirus Pro provides reliable malware protection and many extra features in its’ basic version. The customizable interface is also very convenient.  However, when it comes to malware detection it scored only mediocre rates and compared to other software, Panda is pretty expensive. 

Malware Protection Mediocre
Impact on system performances Heavy
Additional features Many
User Interface Customizabe and easy to navigate

To Summarize

McAfee Antivirus Pro and Panda Antivirus Pro both provide basic-level protection, but compared to other products, these packages are both full of additional features. However, the bad side is that they both have a heavy impact on a system and slow down computer during scans. McAfee offers faster scans, compared to Panda, and also better malware protection. So, for this reason, we would recommend users Mcafee Antivirus Pro over Panda Antivirus Pro. 

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Linas Kiguolis
Linas Kiguolis - Senior IT developer

Linas Kiguolis is a senior IT developer and news editor at Reviewedbypro.com. He has a major in Applied Computer Science because IT has been his passion for a very long time even before he went to college.

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