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A Comparison of Panda vs Ad-Aware by the Spyshakers.com Team Editors

A custom antivirus comparison of Panda vs Ad-Aware by the
Spyshakers.com Team Editors (accurate as of August 23, 2014).


Panda SecurityLavasoft Ad-Aware
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.
Versions:

Lavasoft Ad-Aware 10 Free - Ad-Aware Free Antivirus is the most popular downloaded antivirus on the internet. It comes with a lot of solid features to compliment the standard antivirus protection such as link checking against the Ad-Aware cloud (Safe Browsing), a malware sandbox, and a game mode.

Lavasoft Ad-Aware 11 Personal Security - The Personal version includes all the previous as well as upgraded social network protection and extra security for online bank transactions.

Lavasoft Ad-Aware 11 Pro Security - The Pro version includes all the previous as well as a two way firewall, USB scanning, and anti-spam features.

Lavasoft Ad-Aware 11 Total Security - Total Security is the complete package with some sweet features such as a PC Tuneup, parental controls, online backup, data recovery and rootkit detection (rootkits are a very nasty flavor of spyware).
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.
Strengths:

With 450,000,000 downloads it is the most popular antivirus on the market.
The features on the free version are more robust than others. The Safe Browsing technology is a great feature. Ad-Aware leverages their incredible popularity to identify malicious links and update everyone to protect them from threats.
As for upgraded versions, you really need to go with the Total Security version. That is were the cooler features are at such as the PC Tuneup, Parental Control, and Online Backup.
Virtual Sandbox:

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

Yes. Personal and Pro both contain a feature called Malware Sandbox Emulator.
PC Optimization:

Yes. Panda claims to optimize PC performance and system speed.
PC Optimization:

Yes. Total Security includes a PC Tuneup but also Lavasoft has a standalone PC Tuneup product called Lavasoft Registry Tuner.
Backups / Online Storage:

Yes. Panda offers backup and restore locally and they also offer online backup functionality.
Backups / Online Storage:

No. We couldn't find backup functionality in any of the Ad-Aware versions.
Parental Control:

Yes. The software blocks adult websites from kids if you wish to use that feature.
Parental Control:

Yes. Ad-Aware Total Security includes parental controls by allowing websites with selected content to be viewed or restricted, monitoring web use and setting limits for time spent online.
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.
Chat / IM Protection:

Yes. The Personal and Pro Security versions help monitor malicious links that could be sent out via messaging and chat.
Customer Support:

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

Lavasoft includes support in the form of forums, phone and online ticket.
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