Panda Free Antivirus for Android review, manual and guides

by Jake Doevan - -
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Panda Free Antivirus for Android[1] is developed by Panda Security. Panda Security[2] is a Spanish-based cybersecurity company that delivers home users and businesses antivirus and Internet Security solutions, Privacy software and optimization tools. The company specializes in advanced antivirus protection with technology for preventing cybercrime since 1990.

Panda Free Antivirus for Android Review

Panda Security offers home users protection for computers, tablets, and smartphones across all the major operating systems.

Panda Security provides Android users with the range of applications including Panda Free Antivirus and VPN, Panda Aether, Endpoint Protection – Panda, Systems Management MDM and Panda Cloud Drive. All the applications are available at Google Play app store.[3]

Panda Antivirus for Android has a Free version of the program and a Premium version that can be tried for free for a month. In addition, you can get antivirus for all your devices, including Windows PCs, Androids, and Macs. Protection for three devices starts at $134.24 per year.

Panda Free Antivirus for Android provides advanced antivirus protection for smartphones and tablets against malware and other mobile threats. The application is also compatible with Android smartwatches. Panda not only protects users against various types of mobile threats but also optimizes the device’s performance and provides Anti-Theft features that allow users to track, control and lock the device remotely. In addition, the Remote Selfie feature allows customers to use their smartwatch to take pictures with the smartphone or tablet (Pro).

Panda Mobile Antivirus and VPN

Test results

Antivirus protection

Panda Free Antivirus for Android was tested by researchers at Reviewed by Pro on an infected Samsung Galaxy S8 G950F 64 GB. However, once installed, Panda Free Antivirus could not do much about existing threats. When it comes to detection rates, Panda missed some malicious software and infected applications.

Even though the application did not participate in the latest Android test conducted by the independent AV-TEST testing lab[4], Panda Mobile Security application was tested in a November 2017. AV-TEST used over 6,000 of Android malware samples to test the applications. According to AV-TEST, Panda only detected 65.9% of the latest Android malware in real-time and 81.2% of the widespread malicious samples, while the industry average is 94.8% and 96.9%, respectively.

We would say that the antivirus protection is not the strongest part of the Panda Free Antivirus application for Android. So let's check its’ other features.

Additional features

When it comes to additional features, Panda Free Antivirus for Android not only includes protection against viruses, malware, and ransomware, offers real-time scanner, on-demand scans and allows to scan any SD card. Panda Mobile Security also includes a free VPN service. Panda Free VPN helps users to access their favorite websites through a private, secure, virtual data tunnel. The VPN feature is available for a single device, single default virtual location and is limited to 150 MB per day. In addition, Privacy auditor checks and provides access permissions of the apps installed, Anti-Theft features and phone locator enables you to protect and recover your missing phone with the GPS location system. Finally, Panda Free Antivirus also includes optimization features that improve speed and performance of your device.

If this is not enough, Panda offers users Pro version of the application. The paid version includes extra features such as Call Blocker, Theft Alerts, App Lock, Motion Alerts, Remote Alarm and Remote Photo.

System-performance impact

One of the best things about Panda Antivirus for Android is its’ low system-performance impact. While using the application we did not notice any interruptions or lags. In addition, AV-TEST also tested the software’s usability and came up with the results that the app does not impact the battery life or slow down the phone or tablet during normal usage. It does not generate too much traffic.

Panda Mobile Privacy Features

Scanning performance

As was mentioned before, Panda Free Antivirus has great usability and does not slow down the device during the normal usage. In addition, during the scans, Panda shows great performance and does not have any notable impact on the device. The scans run smooth and quickly – the full system scan completed in less than a minute.
In addition, Panda has a great variety of scanning types, including scheduled, on-demand scans, and it also can scan external devices, such as SD cards.

Customer support

Panda offers its users to contact Panda experts via phone, web or email. It also has a Premium support which is available 24/7. Panda’s website is very informative and well-organized, so it is easy to look for answers by yourself. It offers manuals, FAQs, and other important information.

User interface

Panda’s new interface is very attractive and visual. The interface is also easy to navigate, as it offers all the main features in the side menu. The main interface window indicates the device’s health status.

Panda Free Security for Android

The final verdict

Panda is a great program for those who want many additional features and a good level of usability. Panda Free Antivirus for Android does not impact the device’s performances, has a modern and attractive interface, and helpful customer support. The application is also free! However, when it comes to antivirus protection, Panda Antivirus for Android is below the average.

Feature Score
Antivirus protection Below the average
Security and Privacy features Many extra features including VPN
Scanning performance Smooth and quick scans
System-performance hit Light
User interface Pleasant and attractive

About the author

Jake Doevan
Jake Doevan - Computer security guru

Jake Doe is a security expert and news editor of Reviewedbypro.com. His major is Communication and Journalism, which he obtained from the Washington and Jefferson College.

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