Which AntiVirus is better?

Maggie Lawrance

Maggie Lawrance Cybersecurity expert

Panda and Total AV have near-perfect malware detection rates, however, their features vary drastically. While some features are offered from both developers, they each use their own methods for providing optimum security. Panda caught 100% of the malware we tested on it, but it did have an issue with false positives. It’s frustrating if your important files are quarantined. The software covers a lot of cyberthreats—even ransomware—and offers external hardware scans and WiFi protection that alerts you about unsecured networks. You also get a firewall, free VPN, parental controls, a virtual keyboard to avoid keyloggers when entering login credentials, and a data shield that protects specific file extensions from attack. There are even tools in case of physical theft; the ‘find my device’ tool locates it remotely and the software will take a photo from the front camera after three failed log-in attempts. Total AV also offers a firewall, with the added bonus that you can control it remotely. You also get a VPN, a password manager, and an adblocker. It optimizes your computer for increased speed with a disk cleaner that deletes unnecessary files and the ability to enhance your device settings for the highest security possible. An included web extension protects users from phishing attempts, but it’s only about 90% accurate. The included antivirus ebook makes it easy for beginners to look up different threats.

User Ratings

Security 5
Features 5
Ease of Use 4
Support 4
Pricing 4

Latest Positive Review

You don't need to do anything
Dec. 16, 2018
I've changed my virus protection programs several times lately. The reason: in some cases they delayed the startup time of the PC, were cumbersome to....Show More

Latest Negative Review

Panda is garbage
Nov. 1, 2018
Panda quarantines important .DLL files. It even opened vulnerabilities on my system where none existed before. It can cause programs and games to stop...Show More
Grant Nevison
Basic Protection on Windows; No IOS; Disappointing!
Jan. 3, 2019
I had a one year subscription to TotalAV thru 2018 along with their VPN service. I discovered their AV system is very simplistic and offers only a bas...Show More

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Our Verdict
Maggie Lawrance

Maggie Lawrance Cybersecurity expert

While Panda has a generally higher success rate, its extra features could slow down your computer. However, if you regularly download, stream or edit videos and music, you might prefer Total AV’s built-in speed optimization features.

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