Bitdefender Total Security and Panda Antivirus Pro – both these security programs are basically focused on an advanced computer user base. These products are higher tier software from their security program offerings, both cost a bit higher than any other editions of them available in the market but the service output also covers a lot more vulnerable areas than the free or least priced version of the same companies.
The interface on both Bitdefender Total Security and Panda Antivirus Pro is much user friendly, with modules arranged in a systematic way so that the user can find what they are looking for whenever they want.
Bitdefender Total Security costs $69.95 for 1 device per year for the Total security module. This is the highest tier product from Bitdefender thus the price is bit higher than the Panda Antivirus Pro edition. However, there are two lower tier versions from Bitdefender – the Bitdefender Antivirus Plus at $39.95 for 1 device/year and Bitdefender Internet Security for $59.95 for 1 device per year. The number of modules in each of these programs will be lower than the Total Security version, but for most home users Bitdefender Internet Security would serve the utmost purpose. For 3 device license per year for the Bitdefender Total Security, the price would be $89.95.
On the other hand, Panda Antivirus Pro costs lot lesser than Bitdefender Total Security. The yearly license fee is $30.79 per year which needs to be paid while purchasing the subscription. The pricing is average considering this specific type of antivirus software available in the market.
Both products offer free trial for a month and a refund would be available for a certain period of time even after purchasing the products.
Both antivirus programs have support for Windows and Android. However, Bitdefender doesn’t have a product module for iOS or Windows Phone. Panda Antivirus Pro has outrun Bitdefender in this aspect because they have two dedicated products for iOS and Windows Phone platforms.
For the 2016 lineup of both products, Windows 7 and above are suggested. Android 4.1 and above are required for both products, and iOS 7+ versions are preferred for Panda Antivirus Pro to operate properly.
On the security end, there’s an antivirus module for both Bitdefender Total Antivirus and Panda Antivirus Pro. The other common modules include anti-spam filter, anti-spyware/adware, anti-phishing module, email protection for network servers, real time security, anti-rootkit detection etc. However, Panda Antivirus Pro lacks a remote security module.
Bitdefender Total Security is enriched with various privacy protection features while the number in Panda Antivirus Pro is really low – that’s where the price difference is truly justified. Data protection, parental control, Safepay, Wallet, ID theft protection module, personal data filter – none of these are available as discrete features in Panda Antivirus Pro but in Bitdefender Total Security. However, a virtual keyboard is available in both these programs for safely typing secret codes, password and PINs in different websites.
Bitdefender Total Security has found to be blocking 100% of the malwares it faced whereas it’s around 96% for Panda Antivirus Pro. Both these figures are very good in terms of performance. If you had been planning to get one, get the one that falls within your budget range.