As malware targeting Windows users remain on the top, Reviewed by Pro continues review antivirus and security packages to help users choose the right product. This article will review two basic level antivirus packages, Trend Micro Antivirus and Security and Panda Antivirus Pro. Researchers at Reviewed by Pro tested the antivirus packages by five different categories including antivirus protection, feature set, system-performance impact, scanning performance and user interface. So if you are looking for inexpensive, basic-level antivirus package for your Windows PC, check out this article!
Trend Micro Antivirus and Security
Trend Micro Antivirus and Security is developed by a multinational cybersecurity company based in Japan. The company leads the global enterprise data security and cyber security market.
Windows home users can choose from Trend Micro Antivirus and Security, Trend Micro Internet Security, Trend Micro Maximum, and Trend Micro Premium Security.
Trend Micro Antivirus and Security is an entry-level package and costs about $40 for one computer per year.
Trend Micro uses same multilayered antivirus techniques for all its Windows products. The protections start from malware detection engine that scans a system for malware signatures. Then, heuristic monitoring constantly checks new software to detect unknown malware. Finally, all suspicious icons are sent to Trend Micro cloud-based servers for further investigation. According to AV-Comparatives, the application scored 100% in malware detection. However, it delivered more false positives than other antivirus programs.
Trend Micro Antivirus and Security offers a very decent set of security and privacy features. The antivirus package includes an anti-phishing system, firewall booster which protects users against spyware and adware. The antivirus system also blocks PUPs and protects users in social media. Unlikely another basic level antivirus software, Trend Micro Antivirus and Security provides parental controls that can block objectionable material and limit screen time.
System-performance impact and scans
One of the main downsides of the antivirus package is its heavy impact on system performances. It also uses a lot of system resources and slowdowns the computer during scans.
Trend Micro’s interface cannot be resized but can be moved around. The design looks very modern and light. It is also easy to operate.
The final verdict
Trend Micro Antivirus and Security offers great malware protection, but it has a heavy system-performance impact.
Trend Micro provides users with flawless malware protection, along with useful additional features, including password manager file encryption and shredding. In addition, it also can safeguard user social media privacy. All additional features depending on the package you want to purchase. However, the application’s system-performance is very heavy and uses a lot system’s resources.
|Additional features||A very decent set of extra security and privacy features|
|Scanning performance||Scans are quick with a heavy impact on system performances|
Panda Antivirus Pro 2018
Panda Antivirus Pro is developed by a Spanish cybersecurity company that specialized in security software since 1990. The company focuses on advanced antivirus protection with technology for preventing cybercrime and protects home users and businesses around the world.
Windows users can choose from a variety of products including Panda Antivirus Free, Panda Antivirus Pro, Panda Internet Security, Panda Global Protection, and Panda Gold Protection.
Panda Antivirus Pro is a basic antivirus protection, that includes all basic features and covers PC’s security essentials. Just like Trend Micro Antivirus and Security, Panda Antivirus Pro starts at about $40 for one PC per year, $60 for three, and $80 for five computers. It also includes Panda mobile security license for Android devices.
Just like Trend Micro, panda uses same malware protection for all its Windows products.
Panda applies a traditional viral-signature matching and heuristic monitoring. If anything suspicious is detected, Panda sends it to the company’s cloud-based Collective Intelligence servers where its code specifications and behavior are analyzed.
When it comes to malware detection results, AV-TEST indicated that Panda demonstrated only mediocre malware detection, as it missed some threats and delivered several false positives.
Panda Antivirus Pro is pretty well stocked with additional features. The package offers 2-way firewall, web filter, virtual keyboard, Wi-Fi scanner, and rescue kit. It also comes with a license for Android security. However, Panda does not provide parental controls for a basic product.
When it comes to system-performance impact, Panda Antivirus Pro has an only mediocre impact, compared to Trend Micro. It also slowdowns the computer, but the interruptions are less likely to be noticed by an average user.
Panda offers users several scan modes, including full scans, critical scans, and quick scans. During the full system scan, the system was impacted by 40% compared to baseline. Scans are also slow.
Unlikely other products, Panda Antivirus Pro has a user interface which also can be customizable. The interface is very simple, easy to navigate, and attractive.
The final verdict
According to researchers, Panda Antivirus Pro is a great package for those who look reliable antivirus protection with a convenient and easy to use interface.
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.
|Additional features||A very decent set of extra features|
|Scanning performance||Slow scans with a medium impact on a system|
|User interface||Pleasant interface which can be customized|
If you are looking reliable protection that is capable of protecting your entire family, we would recommend you Trend Micro Antivirus and Security. The package offers great malware protection, as well as a very decent set of security and privacy features. The only downgrade of the antivirus is that it has a heavy impact on system performances. Panda Antivirus Pro has an only mediocre impact on a system, however, it demonstrated worse malware detection results.