Panda Internet Security 2008 incorporates a few additions like Wi-Fi security, backup and performance tuning to their existing Internet Security product. The scanner is based on Panda's Internet-based TotalScan, and performs quite well. They call this new scanning technology 'megadetection', and it did quite well in PCMAG's lab. Panda's rescue CD also helped clean up the infected machine successfully, but failed to clean up the NTFS drives, which is a limitation in the product. Although malware detection is good, the suite failed in tests against commercial keyloggers, but did well in spyware tests.
The scenario was totally different in PC Pro's Lab. In malware test the 'megadetection' scored 93%. In web-based tests Panda failed to stop the phishing mails and could detect only 14% of downloads from malicious sites. Firewall test results were also not up to satisfaction. Panda's otherwise unobtrusive firewall did stealth all the ports in PCMAG's test machine.
Panda's firewall scans the system for vulnerabilities and automatically fixes them, or tells you how to fix them manually. It provides proactive protection, and scored well in PC Pro Lab's antispam tests, catching 90% of the spam along with the Windows Mail junk filter.
Panda provides an online backup of 1 GB space for the duration of your license. This suite still uses lots of resource on your machine - RAM usage being 700 MB. Panda's antivirus package is an outright winner, but, unfortunately, the same cannot be said about the Internet Security Suite as a whole.
Author Jamie Helmsworthdate added 2009-09-07 13:10:33