Finally, after waiting for a while, I compared the final versions of Microsoft Security Essentials and Panda Cloud Antivirus. Both are in version 1.0 state and comparison was much easy to do. Here is what I did:
Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) and Panda Cloud Antivirus – Both installed on HP Compaq nx6120 laptop with the following configuration
- RAM: 1 GB of RAM
- Processor: 1.86 GHz
- OS: Windows 7 Ultimate RC
The laptop was in dual boot. On partition 1, I installed MSE and on partition 2, I installed Panda Cloud Antivirus. After installing MSE, it took nearly 27 minutes to update itself. Panda Cloud Antivirus was ready to roll right after the installation. With Panda Cloud Antivirus, Windows 7 Action Center keeps flashing a message regarding the antivirus availability. With MSE, Action Center did not flash any message and recognized MSE right on the spot.
Unlike the beta version, MSE scanning was much quicker. Panda was little better on the scanning side as well. Fortunately enough, both did not track any virus / malware / spyware on my laptop. MSE, the very next day – which was about 12 hours later, alarmed that MSE is not updated and its updates are outdated. Funny… Within one day, it alarms for outdated updates. Panda, for obvious reasons, does not throw any such alarms.
As far as look and feel is concerned, both are easy to deal with. Navigation is easy. MSE checks for the Windows authenticity and if your copy of Windows is not genuine, then it will not install. On the other hand, Panda Cloud Antivirus does not care about this. It will simply install on whichever supported copy of Windows you have.
Overall, MSE made a good impression with the exception that it takes a long time to update itself right after the installation. However, I am more impressed with the Panda Cloud Antivirus for its hassle free method of updates. If you are not too worried about the data security, then Panda Cloud Antivirus is the one that you should go with. If you are more into data security, go with MSE…it is worth it.
I am going to come back with the virus test results that I will performing shortly. Meanwhile, I am going to rely on the test results that were produced by PC World: Cloud Antivirus #1 in PC World Comparative
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