Review: Panda AntiVirus

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Panda AntiVirus Small Business Edition provides just the right kind of solution for the smaller SME network.

Panda AntiVirus Small Business Edition provides just the right kind of solution for the smaller SME network.

The product offers both direct installation for workstations or distributed ­ installation utilizing Panda Administrator, the smaller business can choose how to deploy their anti-virus protection and still get the same level of management control that many corporate anti-virus solutions provide.

Panda AntiVirus delivers protection for servers, mail servers and workstations, so although the software is designed for the smaller network it doesn't compromise on protection. The documentation is well written and logically laid out.

The Panda Administrator, as we have already acknowledged, will give you centralized management and roll out.

Following the wizard-based installation screens and providing the appropriate information as you go along is child's play, and once installed you simply run it to initiate roll out of Panda AntiVirus across your network to the client machines. Panda also provides 1 year's telephone support with its license, or you can correspond via email depending on your preference.

Updated automatically on a daily basis, it promises to provide up-to-the-minute anti-virus protection for the SME market. But, don't think that because you're getting a small business solution that you're also getting less protection. In our tests Panda AntiVirus delivered the following results, which speak for themselves.

The tests that we run have got progressively harder over the years. But that said, the solutions have also had to keep up with the deluge of new and variant viruses.

In Test 1 Panda AntiVirus had no problems, delivering a perfect score, as in the second test.

With the 1,012 polymorphics we put in its path it returned another 100 percent score, and even the second division viruses couldn't catch it out.

The macro test proved no more of a challenge than the previous four virus collections.

The speed test saw a return of 3 seconds, slightly different than some of the other solutions, but overall Panda delivered.


This solution is aimed at the SME market where ease of use is generally the most important factor.


There was nothing to dislike about this product.


As far as detection and disinfection goes Panda AntiVirus delivered a very good account of itself. The management is designed for the SME market, but it gives the kind of protection you would expect from a corporate anti-virus solution.


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