As well as this new layer of security, Panda Internet Security 2009 still has a conventional malware armoury, including traditional virus signatures, advanced heuristics, much improved TruPrevent 2.0 behavioural analysis and blocking, intrusion prevention and other protection techniques found in previous versions.

Although better than its predecessor, Panda Internet Security 2009 continues to be a bit of a resource hog - scans can absorb 100% percent of CPU cycles at times. You can opt to ‘manage' this but ticking the box didn't seem to have much effect here.

Panda Internet Security 2009's malware detecting capabilities remain good - according to the authoritative independent testing body, AV-Test.org, it bests the 2008 version when it comes to malware and spyware detection, achieving gains of 5.4 percent and 2.2 percent respectively. Which is good but overall Panda is still topped by the likes of Avast!, Avira and F-Secure.

Erik Larkin (PCWorld.com) & Roger Gann (PCAdvisor) wrote this article.

OUR VERDICT

Panda Internet Security 2009 has a good interface and provides the fastest on-access scan speed around, but its good but not outstanding malware detection prevents it from being a top pick.