Today’s antivirus software needs to work extra hard to protect your computer from all threats. Both Avira and Panda showed near-100% malware detection rates of known and unknown infections, and include anti-ransomware protocols. The difference, as usual, is in their extra features.
Avira works hard to optimize your system. While it doesn’t have a firewall, it will upgrade the settings on the built-in Windows one. The PC tune-up option deletes temporary or unnecessary files and data logs, ultimately speeding up your computer. You also get payment protection, as well as a handy price comparison extension for Chrome. Avira is ideal for beginner users as it includes articles, video tutorials, and a \”Virus Lab\” to teach you about different threats.
On the other hand, Panda provides a complete firewall, a VPN, and a virtual keyboard to avoid keyloggers. The WiFi protection will alert you when you’re near insecure networks, and the parental controls are ideal if you have kids. If you plug in an external USB or drive, the software will scan them for infections. Panda also provides protocols for physical theft; the ‘Find My Device’ feature will remotely locate your machine and take a photo from the front camera after three failed log-in attempts. While it’s much more expensive than Avira, it runs on all major operating systems. The main downside is that it has an issue with false positives, which can be frustrating.