Panda Free Antivirus 2016 is the latest edition of Panda's popular antivirus engine.

A solid feature set includes real-time protection to block known threats; behavioural monitoring to uncover even the very latest malware; URL monitoring to prevent you accessing dangerous websites, while USB vaccination keeps you safe from autorun viruses and similar pests.

A Rescue Kit can create a bootable USB drive, or run Panda's Cloud Cleaner to detect and remove even the most stubborn viruses.

This release features a more subdued interface, though still with a Windows 8/ 10 look. It's straightforward and easy to use, with all the main functions just a click away.

The 2016 release is mostly about the new engine and Panda's smarter Collective Intelligence, which the company says provides greater protection with less impact on performance.

Verdict

Panda Free Antivirus 2016 is fast, lightweight and offers excellent protection, regularly coming top of the list in independent testing reports.