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Panda Dome Premium Review 2021


Paid Anti-virus Programs

Introduction

Panda Security is a cybersecurity company based out of Spain. Over the past five years or so, it's done very well in catching the attention of independent antivirus testing firms as well as software reviewers.

Like most other antivirus developers, Panda Security divides its software into a few different packages.

At the top you have Panda Dome Premium, which will be our focus in the review below. The next step down, Panda Dome Complete, offers a VPN but with a data limit of 150 MB per day, whereas with Premium you'll get a VPN with unlimited data usage. The other exclusive feature of Premium is 24/7 tech support, both through live chat and by phone

All that being said, the first thing you'll probably notice about Panda Dome Premium is just how expensive it is. For a single license - meaning usage of Panda Dome Premium on just one device - you'll pay $166.99 a year.

To compare, this costs more than Norton 360 with LifeLock Select at $149.99 a year. For that price, however, Norton will provide you with five licenses. Kaspersky Security Cloud Family, on the other hand, costs $149.99 a year for ten licenses.

Five and ten licenses for Panda Dome Premium will cost you $202.99 and $274.99 per year, respectively.

As you might gather, Panda Dome offers one of the most expensive antivirus lineups on the market today.

But is it actually worth the price? Let's find out.

Features

A subscription to Panda Dome Premium will give you access to:

  • 24/7 antivirus protection
  • A firewall
  • A password manager
  • Anti-theft features for your phone or laptop
  • A file shredder
  • A file encryptor
  • A VPN with no bandwidth limit
  • Parental controls
  • Update manager, a vulnerability scanner that will ensure your OS and apps are up-to-date
  • PC cleanup feature that promises to defragment and clean your hard drive
  • Ability to "vaccinate" USB drives, keeping USBs from running automatically when inserted
  • Virtual keyboard for typing sensitive information, such as credit card details - helps thwart keylogging attempts
  • Protection against ransomware
  • 24/7 support via phone or live chat
  • Installation & Setup

    After you've purchased Panda Dome Premium, you'll be redirected to a page that has four download links: one each for Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS.

    You'll also receive an activation code.

    If you're on the appropriate device you can download right away. If not, open your e-mail - the account you used to purchase Panda Dome - and you should find a message with the download links in your inbox.

    Say you want to install Panda Dome on your iPhone. Open this e-mail on your iPhone, click Download under iOS, and you'll be redirected to the app store. The same goes for Android.

    Once the software launches, you'll need to enter your activation code. After that, you'll be able to begin the installation process.

    Open the freshly installed program, and Panda Dome will perform a quick scout of your system. Finally, enter the e-mail address you used to purchase the software to log in.

    The program will then carry out an automatic first-time scan.

    There are a few features which you'll have to set up. The Data Shield, for instance, will be disabled by default. Scroll down and click on Data Shield (this is your anti-ransomware protection - it should be in the second row). Press Enable, Start, Next, and then Enable.

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    You'll do the same thing for the Application Control feature, located a bit further down the page (third row - this feature permits you to allow or disallow certain applications from executing on your system).

    User Interface

    In this section, we'll be focusing on the program's user interface on Windows.

    Panda Dome Premium has a pretty layout with various nature scenes in the background.

    Unlike other similar programs, where you'd navigate from tab to tab, links to all features are here on the main window, presented with pictures in little blue-green boxes.

    User Interface

    To see them all, you'll have to scroll down.

    How's the software's usability?

    Let's say you want to run a Scan for malware. To do this, you'll click on Scan, which should be the first icon (the one with a magnifying glass). From there, click "Critical Areas," "Full Scan," or "Custom Scan."

    Critical Areas runs a quick scan of vital areas of your computer, full scan is more in-depth, and with custom scan you can choose exactly where you want the antivirus to scan.

    If you want to run the VPN, you'll click VPN and (after some initial activation with your e-mail address) then select a country from the drop down list before pressing Connect.

    To go into more advanced settings, click the icon you want to modify, say Antivirus. From there, click the little gear in the top right corner and then you can change things like whether or not it'll scan compressed files or whether or not you want it to ask before neutralizing a virus.

    What Panda Dome Premium Offers

    Scanning and System Performance

    With Panda Dome Premium Security, you'll get a very good malware scanner, protections against ransomware, a firewall, a VPN, and 24/7 assistance.

    Wi-Fi Protection will scan your router and assign it a security rating - you'll notice this when you first open the program. Ours was rated as "medium" security because the connection was set to automatic, which is probably the case for most people.

    The anti-theft features allow you to track the location of a stolen laptop or phone.

    Panda Dome Premium also includes a password manager that functions as an extension for Chrome or Firefox - to activate l it, click Password Manager (bottom row). You'll be redirected to Panda's website, where you'll log in.

    Click "Access Password Services," and you'll be able to download the appropriate extension from there.

    encrypt files

    You also have the ability to encrypt files. Panda does through a third-party software called Password Depot.

    To utilize, click "File Encryptor" on the UI (bottom row) and activate it. From there, you can right click on any file on your computer, select "Password Depot" from the drop-down list, then click "encrypt."

    You'll be prompted to make a password, and can store the password with the in-built Password Depot manager or ensure the original, unencrypted files are deleted (recommended) by clicking the checkboxes.

    File Shredder

    It's also through Password Depot that the File Shredder feature is offered. To permanently delete a file, right click on it, select "Password Depot" from the drop-down list, and then click "Erase." Obviously, don't experiment with this - only use it on files you really want to get rid of!

    What Panda Dome Premium Does Not Offer

    Panda Dome Premium offers almost all the features you could want and expect in a top-tier security suite - where it lacks is the robustness of those features.

    For instance, Panda Dome Passwords (the encryptor) doesn't include secure file sharing or the ability to place all your important files in one, ultra-secure encrypted location.

    The PC Cleaner is also a bit anemic. The only things you can really do with it are delete log files in order to free up some space, and defrag your hard drive. There aren't any "optimization" options like you might see in other programs.

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    One odd about Panda Dome is its seemingly arbitrary VPN limit: even if you've paid for more than five licenses, you can only use the VPN on a maximum of five devices.

    Lab Results

    In AV-Comparatives' July-October 2020 Real World Protection Test, Panda's Antivirus was one of three pieces of software to intercept 100 % of malware it was exposed to, along with F-Secure and Trend Micro.

    It did report a high number of false positives at 33, however, which is why AV-Comparatives rewarded it with only 2 stars instead of 3 stars.

    Many independent online tests have also found that Panda Dome doesn't do great at phishing protection - over at SafetyDetectives, Alex's tests showed that Panda detected less than 50 % of phishing attempts.

    Before we announce our final verdict on Panda Dome Premium, let's run through some pros and cons.

    Pros

  • High malware detection rate
  • Pretty, modern UI is a nice change from more standard layouts
  • 24/7 support
  • Cons

  • UI feels a bit cluttered - perhaps Panda should introduce the option to switch between a tab layout and the single window layout
  • Very expensive compared to the competition
  • The extra features such as VPN and password manager just aren't as good as those offered in some cheaper competitor products
  • Not great at blocking phishing attacks, even obvious ones
  • Final Verdict

    Overall, we feel Panda Dome Premium just isn't worth the price. It's not offering some crazy antivirus feature that you can't find anywhere else, so we're confused about why the price disparity between this and other products is so large.

    Though Panda's Antivirus tested very well in AV-Comparative's 2020 test, you could get protection for more devices for less money from the other two 100 % malware-blocking programs in that test, Trend Micro and F-Secure: Trend Micro's top-of-the-line suite, Maximum Security, covers 5 devices for $89.95, while F-Secure TOTAL offers 5 licenses for $109.99.

    In fact, it was Panda's free antivirus that was being tested there, anyway!

    To sum up, Panda Dome Premium is not bad - it's good, just not great. We would be more likely to recommend it if it cost much less than it currently does.

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