Panda vs Avast - find out which antivirus software is better in 2019

by Olivia Morelli - -

Panda VS AvastAs you are probably aware, various cyber threats are threatening Internet users every day. Malware targeting Windows PCs, Macs, Android and ever IoT devices increasing at an exponential rate.

This is why users are highly recommended to use reputable antivirus and security software.

Researchers at Reviewed by Pro constantly test reviews and compares various security products to help you choose the right one for you.

So if you are choosing between the security industry giants Panda and Avast, check out this article.

Panda or Avast?

Do not have time to read the entire article? No problem, check out the table to see the main features we tested and one winner.

  avast

Antivirus protection

Advanced Decent

System-performance impact

Heavy Heavy

Security features

Limited feature set

A very decent set of extra features for free

Scanning performance

Fast and accurate scans with a negative impact on a system Slow scans with a medium impact on a system
Pricing

From $39.99 / device for 1 year

From $23.99 / device for 1 year

User Interface

Intuitive and simple to use

Pleasant interface which can be customized
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Panda short overview

Panda Security[1] is a Spanish-based software company. It specializes in providing security software, including antivirus, firewall, spam, and spyware detection, as well as advanced cyber security services with technology that prevents cybercrime since 1990.

Panda Dome is a once-complex suit of next-gen antivirus applications that are compatible across all of your devices, including Windows, Macs, Android and iOS devices, as well as smartwatches.

Panda also develops a range of products including Panda Dome for Windows, Panda Dome for Mac, Panda Antivirus for Android and iOS devices.

Feature

Score

Antivirus protection

Decent

Additional features

A very decent set of extra features for free

System-performance impact

Heavy

Scanning performance

Slow scans with a medium impact on a system

User interface

Pleasant interface which can be customized

Avast short overview

Avast Antivirus[2] is created by Avast, one of the largest companies that operate in the cybersecurity industry. The company applies next-gen technologies in order to provide its users reliable and advanced software that prevent and protect them against any cyber threats. Avast security software protects over 435 million its customers in 186 countries around the world and prevents 3.5 billion attacks every month.

Avast develops a variety of products for business users and consumers, including free and paid antivirus and Internet security solutions (Avast Antivirus for Windows, Avast Security for Mac, Avast Mobile Security and Antivirus for Android), performance tools (Avast CleanUp) and privacy (Avast SecureLine VPN) applications across all the major operating systems and IoT devices.

Feature

Score

Antivirus protection

Very good

Additional features

Limited feature set

System-performance impact

Slightly better than the average

Scans

Mediocre speed scans without a negative impact on a system

User interface

Dark, modern looking, and simple to use

What offers Panda and Avast

Panda Dome[3] offers users with a free version of the application and has four paid versions, including the following:

  • Panda Dome Essential
  • Panda Dome Advanced
  • Panda Dome Complete
  • The most expensive tier that also includes a Premium VPN Service, Panda Dome Premium.

All Panda products:

 


DOME Essiantial


DOME Advanced


Dome Complete

DOME Premium
Antivirus protection with Firewall yes yes yes yes
Mac and Android devices real-time antivirus protection yes yes yes yes
Free VPN – Limited 150MB/day yes yes yes yes
Protect your WiFi network from hackers and prying neighbours yes yes yes yes
Scan external/USB devices and keep them safe from any kind of threats yes yes yes yes
Parental Control close yes yes yes
Identity protection close yes yes yes
Ransomware cyberattacks and advanced threats protection close yes yes yes
Data Shield – Encrypt your confidential data close close yes yes
Password Manager close close yes yes
Cleanup Tool close close close yes
Premium Unlimited VPN close close close yes
Unlimited Premium 24/7 Technical Support close close close yes
Pricing $23.99 / 1 device $31.99 / 1 device $49.99 / 1 device $79.99 / 1 device
Discount – 40% off
– 40% off – 40% off – 40% off
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Discounts and offers are often available. Our readers actually get a 25% discount. So make sure to check our offer!

Panda also offers users a 30-day money-back guarantee, so you will be able to test the application and see whether you like it or not.

Discounts and offers are often available. Our readers actually get a 25-40% discount. So make sure to check our offer!

Avast offers Windows users free version and three paid versions of security software including Avast Internet Security, Avast Premium, and Avast Ultimate.[4]

 

avast

Internet Security

avast

Premier

avast

Ultimate

Intelligent antivirus yes yes yes
CyberCapture yes yes yes
Smart Scan yes yes yes
Wi-Fi Inspector yes yes yes
Passwords yes yes yes
Behavior Shield yes yes yes
Game Mode yes yes yes
Browser Cleanup yes yes yes
Sandbox yes yes yes
Passive Mode yes yes yes
Real Site yes yes yes
Ransomware Shield yes yes yes
Firewall yes yes yes
Anti-spam yes yes yes
Webcam Shield close yes yes
Automatic Software Updater close yes yes
Data Shredder close yes yes
CleanUp Premium close close yes
SecureLine VPN close close yes
Passwords premium close close yes
Pricing $39.99 / 1-year / 1-device $47.99 / 1-year / 1-device $63.99 / 1-year / 1-device
Discount – 20% off – 20% off – 40% off
Try it for free try for free try for free try for free

Avast also offers a 30-day money back guarantee.

Features of Panda and Avast antivirus software

Panda provides four types of paid plans:

  • Panda Dome Essential includes antivirus and personal firewall, it also protects Wi-Fi, secures online browsing and shopping, as well as protects USB device.
  • Panda Dome Advanced offers all what Panda Dome Essential offers and also Protection Against Ransomware and all types of viruses, Parental Controls, App Lock and Call Blocker.
  • Panda Dome Complete offers all that Panda Dome Advanced does, and also includes Data Protection and Password Manager, Device Location, TuneUp, and Remote Control.
  • Finally, Panda Dome Premium includes all the mentioned features and also adds 24/7 unlimited premium technical support and Premium VPN service.

Panda Dashboard

Panda Dome products are compatible will the major operating systems including Windows, Android, Macs, and iOS.

You can see that both providers actually have very similar offerings but Panda’s prices are slightly cheaper and can cover more up to 10 devices with a single subscription.

  • Avast Free Antivirus offers a decent set of security and privacy features, including a secure web browser, a password manager, home network scanner, or a hardened browser. Many of these features usually come only in paid antivirus programs, while Avast offers them for free.
  • Avast Internet Security also includes premium features such as protection while banking and shopping online, Sandbox suspicious apps, a strong firewall against hackers, protection against spam and phishing emails and an extra layer of ransomware security.
  • If you need more, Avast Premier protects against webcam spying, allows users to permanently delete sensitive files and information, and automatically updates applications on the PC.
  • Avast Ultimate offers all above and also includes Avast SecureLine VPN, Avast CleanUp Premium and Avast Passwords Premium.

Avast Protected

You can see that both providers actually have very similar offerings but Panda’s prices are slightly cheaper and can cover more up to 10 devices with a single subscription.

Antivirus protection rate

Panda and Avast both apply standard malware detection technologies that include malware scanner which checks new files for widespread malware and heuristic monitoring which watches code and behavior in order to catch zero-day malware samples.

All suspicious files are sent to the companies cloud-based servers for further investigation.

However, while Panda’s confirmed malicious icons come back to it’s 30 million users, Avast shares its malware database with more than 435 million users.

When it comes to antivirus performance, Panda’s results can seem a bit inconsistent. It did not participate in the most recent tests conducted by the independent German-based AV-TEST[5]. However, according to the previous tests, the results varied between 99% to 100%.

When it comes to Avast, the program was tested by the most recent test conducted by AV-TEST but the results were not perfect either. However, they are slightly better than Panda Dome. Avast detected 99.4% and 99.3% of zero-day malware attacks, and 100% of widespread and prevalent malware.

Avast demonstrates slightly better malware detection results.

  avast
Protection agains 0-day malware attacks (web and email threats) 99.4% 99.2%
Detection of most common spread malware in last 4 years 100% 100%
Protection Score 6 6
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System-performance impact and scan comparison

When it comes to performance results, Panda has never been a winner. It has a notable impact on a system and tends to slow down the system’s performances.

Panda was tested by AV-TEST that rated the antivirus only 3.5 it of 6 when it came to its performance rates.

  • Impact while launching popular websites – 30%.
  • Impact while downloading frequently-used applications – 20%.
  • Impact while launching standard software applications – 10%.
  • Impact while installing frequently-used applications – 47%
  • Impact while copying files – 8%.

Panda also offers various types of scans including Full, Critical and Custom. If you prefer, you can scan any file or folder using right-click and select to scan it. In addition, scans can also be scheduled.

When it comes to performance results, Panda has never been a winner. It has a notable impact on a system and tends to slow down the system’s performances.

In contrast, Avast demonstrates better performance results.

  • Impact while launching popular websites – 10%.
  • Impact while downloading frequently-used applications – 2%.
  • Impact while launching standard software applications – 17%.
  • Impact while installing frequently-used applications – 26%
  • Impact while copying files – 2%.

It also offers various scanning options, scheduled scans. If users want to scan a particular file or folder, instead right-click, they can use the drag and drop feature, which is also convenient.

All in one, Avast has better performance results and does not drown the system as much as Panda.

  avast
Slowing-down when launching popular websites 25% 30%
Slower download of frequently-used applications 2% 17%
Slower launch of standard software applications 13% 7%
Slower installation of frequently-used applications 18% 44%
Slower copying of files (locally and in a network) 2% 17%
Overall rating 5.6 5
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Customer support of both companies

So if you do not have the most expensive tier from Panda or Avast, you will have to look for the answers yourself.

Panda has a very convenient support page that includes a huge knowledge base, including FAQs, manuals, tips and other important product-related information categorized according to the product and operating system.

Avast also offers a very informative support webpage that may seem a bit similar than Panda. Users can find their tips, manuals, FAQ section, useful links, and more product-related information.

Both providers offer technical customer support in their Premium tiers.

User interface comparison

The Panda’s user interface is quite good-looking and convenient. After rebranding from Panda Security to Panda Dome, the interface changed but it is still very well-designed and pleasant to use. The main window provides with all the main features and options. It also has the left-side menu bar that mirrors the icons and ads powerful categories, such as Settings.

Panda provides more customizability and allows users quickly to turn off unnecessary options.

The Avast’s interface is simple and easy to navigate, as all major categories appear in the main window. It also has a very convenient left-side menu.

However, we found that Panda provides more customizability and allows users quickly to turn off unnecessary options.

Antivirus software market share comparison

According to OPSWAT’s streamlined Windows Anti-malware Market Share Report[6], which includes the most recent data collected for 6 months from June to December, Avast Software has the largest market share among the most popular anti-malware products with 18.44% of the total antivirus market share. Panda is not in TOP10 list.

Manufacturer/Brand Market share
avast 18.44%
12.58%

12.33%
bitdefender 10.54%
eset 9.09%
webroot 7.03%
6.65%
spybot 6.29%
4.5%
3.27%

 

So we have to admit that Avast Software has the largest market share in the security industry. It is worth mentioning that its market share also includes AVG users.

As you can see in the graph above, other popular products include McAfee Inc., Malwarebytes, ESET, Webroot, Kaspersky Lab, Safer Networking Ltd with SpyBot Search & Destroy, Avira, and Symantec with Norton.

So we have to admit that Avast Software has the largest market share in the security industry. It is worth mentioning that its market share also includes AVG users.

The final verdict

All in all, Panda Dome is a strong program that has an attractive user-friendly interface and some unusual features like the vaccination tool or the rescue kit. In addition, all of the features work fast and the cloud-based processing technology makes it even faster. However according to test results, Panda has a notable impact on a system, and its malware detection rates are just mediocre.

When it comes to Avast, the program offers decent but not perfect malware detection rates, light but a notable impact on the system and variety of additional security, privacy and performance features.

According to our test, Avast offers slightly better malware detection rates, demonstrates better performance and lower impact on a system.

If you are looking for a simple, full-featured security product, then Avast is a better choice.

The table below summarizes our test results. As you can see both programs have similar malware detection and removal rates, performance and usability results.

 

  avast

Antivirus protection

Advanced Decent

System-performance impact

Heavy Heavy

Security features

Limited feature set

A very decent set of extra features for free

Scanning performance

Fast and accurate scans with a negative impact on a system Slow scans with a medium impact on a system
Pricing

From $39.99 / device for 1 year

From $23.99 / device for 1 year

User Interface

Intuitive and simple to use

Pleasant interface which can be customized
  try for free download

About the author

Olivia Morelli
Olivia Morelli - Senior Media writer

Olivia Morelli is a senior media writer on Reviewedbypro.com. Her favorite topic to write about is ransomware attacks and how to deal with them, but she also enjoys covering the topics of other types of malware and VPNs.

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  1. fappy smurf says:
    March 30th, 2018 at 8:40 am

    thanks for the write up but for a senior writer your grammar is terrible..

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