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A Comparison of Norton vs Panda by the Spyshakers.com Team Editors

A custom antivirus comparison of Norton vs Panda by the
Spyshakers.com Team Editors (accurate as of September 2, 2014).


NortonPanda Security
Versions:

Norton Antivirus 2014 - Norton Antivirus features 5 patented layers of protection to swiftly and precisely detect viruses. It scans downloaded files to check for threats. A powerful threat-removal Layer targets and eliminates aggressive, hard-to-remove computer infections.

Norton Internet Security 2014 - Internet Security provides upgrades to Norton Antivirus with the monitoring of search results for dangerous websites, a firewall and parental control options.

Norton 360 - Norton 360 includes all the features of Internet Security but also includes online backup and PC optimization.
Versions:

Panda Antivirus Pro 2013 - Panda Antivirus Pro 2013 is the Panda entry level product. It provides the standard antivirus and spyware protection for your PC which updates via the cloud. It has a firewall, USB drive scanner, and a sandbox environment for safe web browsing. It even provides a virtual keyboard if you need to enter a password without typing (aka protection against keyloggers).

Panda Internet Security 2013 - Panda Internet Security 2013 includes everything Antivirus Pro has but goes further in the protection. The Internet Security version has feature such as anti-spam technology, online backup, parental controls, and even remote pc access!

Panda Global Protection 2013 - Panda Global Protection 2013 adds even more features. Go with Global Protection if you want PC optimization, file encryption, file shredding, and a password manager.
Strengths:

One of the best features of Norton is the scanning of links on Facebook to prevent malicious scripts via social media. A lot of antivirus solutions provide this as a paid upgrade but Norton provides it as standard.
Norton has heuristical behavior analysis which attempts to discover threats before they are even known to be threats.
Norton Pulse Updates are pretty sweet. Norton updates itself automatically every 5 to 15 minutes without disruption.
Strengths:

As always we love a virtual sandbox environment and that comes standard even with the entry level Panda Antivirus Pro.
Not many antivirus solutions provide remote pc access. That's a very nice feature that you get if you are upgraded to the Internet Security version.
Panda is pretty darn good at speed and performance. It scored a ranking of #9 out of 21 on the AV Comparatives Performance Test.
Virtual Sandbox:

No. There is no virtual sandbox in this edition to our knowledge.
Virtual Sandbox:

Yes. Panda Global Protection 2013 offers a virtual sandbox to browse any website in safe mode.
PC Optimization:

Yes. Norton 360 automatically fixes and optimizes common problems which may be causing PC performance issues.
PC Optimization:

Yes. Panda claims to optimize PC performance and system speed.
Backups / Online Storage:

Yes. Norton 360 automatically backs up files to Norton hosted online storage or a local disk of your choice. It also monitors websites visited and blocks adult websites from kids.
Backups / Online Storage:

Yes. Panda offers backup and restore locally and they also offer online backup functionality.
Parental Control:

Yes. Norton 360 monitors the social network activity of your children.
Parental Control:

Yes. The software blocks adult websites from kids if you wish to use that feature.
Chat / IM Protection:

Yes. Norton 360 scans email and Instant Messages (IMs) for suspicious links and malicious attachments.
Chat / IM Protection:

Yes. Panda Global Protection 2013 does have chat/IM protection. Under protection for known threats, you can check a box to include scanning for instant messaging.
Customer Support:

Technical support is provided by Norton via email, chat or phone.
Customer Support:

Yes. Panda has email, web and forum technical support 24 / 7.
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