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Should I remove Panda Free Antivirus?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
20% remove it80% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #1,806
United States Rank #1,850
Reach 0.3734%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 12.15 days
358.41 days >
Average installed length: 188.32 days


18.1.0 0.03% 4.50%
17.0.1 0.43% 0.43%
17.0.0 0.04% 3.37%
16.1.3 0.23% 4.85%
16.1.2 0.48% 2.55%
16.1.1 0.20% 5.39%
16.1.0 0.57% 4.88%
16.0.2 10.96% 8.53%
16.0.1 1.07% 5.63% 6.74% 5.33% 0.61% 4.16%
15.1.0 5.56% 7.57% 3.55%
15.0.4 5.42% 1.20%
15.0.3 0.01% 0.04% 5.67%

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Panda Free Antivirus

What is Panda Free Antivirus?  (from Panda Security)

Panda Antivirus Free is an evolution of first cloud antivirus, based on Collective Intelligence. It is unique system for detecting and disinfecting viruses and other threats that feeds off the knowledge shared by millions of users in a real time. Thanks to it, the computers that are part of the Panda Community instantl...  Read more


Panda Free Antivirus is a program developed by Panda Security. The most used version is 16.0.2, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. Upon installation, it defines an auto-start registry entry which allows the program run on each boot for the user which installed it. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The software installer includes 46 files and is usually about 117.39 MB (123,089,874 bytes). NdkApi.Update.dll is the automatic update component of the software designed to download and apply new updates should new versions be released. In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 10 as well as Windows 7 (SP1). While about 46% of users of Panda Free Antivirus come from the United States, it is also popular in Italy and Germany.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.pandasecurity.com/usa/homeusers/downloads
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Panda Security\Panda Security Protection\
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\Panda Security\Panda Security Protection\Setup.exe" /X{9D5E6ECB-C686-4FFC-8EA8-2DF907C6B733}
Estimated size: 117.39 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Panda Free Antivirus

  • pkncmp.dll - BloqueNCMP Dynamic Link Library
  • pknaccess.dll - pksaccess Dynamic Link Library
  • CommsWrapper.dll - Cloud Antivirus Platform (Communications Wrapper)
  • JobLauncher.exe - Scheduled jobs launcher
  • NdkApi.Analysis.dll - NDK On Demand Analysis Manager
  • NdkApi.Common.dll - NDK Common utilities library
  • NdkApi.Communication.dll - NDK Communications Manager
  • NdkApi.Configuration.dll - NDK Configurations Manager
  • NdkApi.dll - NDK Entry API
  • NdkApi.License.dll - NDK Licenses Manager
  • NdkApi.Network.dll - NDK Network
  • NdkApi.Notification.dll - NDK Notifications Manager
  • NdkApi.Prl.dll - NDK Panda Rules Language Manager
  • NdkApi.Quarantine.dll - NDK Quarantine Manager
  • NdkApi.Reports.dll - NDK Reports Manager
  • NdkApi.Service.Control.dll - NDK Service Control Manager
  • NdkApi.Service.Info.dll - NDK Service Info Manager
  • NdkApi.TuneUp.dll - NDK TuneUp
  • NdkApi.Update.dll - NDK Update module
  • NdkApi.UsbVaccine.dll - NDK Usb vaccine module
  • NConv.dll - Nano Network Security (Nano Converter)
  • NNSManager.dll - NNS Manager
  • NNSStGen.dll - PRL Structures Generator for Network Protector
  • pknact.dll - Panda Anti-malware (Nano Actuator)
  • pknboot.dll - Panda Anti-Malware (pknboot)
  • pknbufae.dll - Anti Malware Protection Library
  • pknComCtrl.dll
  • pkncomiexm.dll - Anti-malware protection support library
  • PKNComms.dll
  • PAV2WSC.exe - Panda Solutions (Windows Security Center Manager)
  • PAV3WSC.exe
  • Pavsddl.dll - Anti-malware Support
  • asapsdk.dll (by CYREN Software) - CYREN Advanced Security SDK
  • borlndmm.dll (by Embarcadero Technologies) - CodeGear Memory Manager
  • cc3290mt.dll (by CodeGear) - CodeGear C++Builder (CodeGear C++ Multi-thread RTL (WIN/VCL MT))
  • MiniCrypto.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • JobLauncher.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{68EA5301-28E4-474F-99D3-518B31118C66}' (runs weekly on Sundays at 10:00).
Startup File (User Run)
  • PAV2WSC.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Panda' and executes as C:\Program Files\panda security\panda security protection\pav2wsc.exe.

How do I remove Panda Free Antivirus?

You can uninstall Panda Free Antivirus from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Panda Free Antivirus, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove Panda Free Antivirus.

Auto-starting? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 20%
Keep it 80%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 10 53.37%
Windows 7 38.83%
Windows XP 4.43%
Windows Vista 3.37%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 10 Home 21.60%
Windows 7 Home Premium 18.33%
Windows 8.1 12.90%
Windows 7 Ultimate 10.14%
Windows 7 Professional 8.13%
Windows 10 Pro 7.96%

Distribution by countryGeography

46.27% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 46.27%
  Italy 8.64%
  Germany 5.06%
  United Kingdom 4.45%
  Canada 3.96%
  Netherlands 2.87%
  France 2.33%
  Spain 2.25%
  Sweden 1.75%
  Brazil 1.53%
  Russia 1.12%
  Argentina 1.06%
  Mexico 0.89%
  Belgium 0.80%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 26.10%
Acer 19.77%
Dell 14.99%
ASUS 12.89%
Lenovo 8.76%
Toshiba 7.05%
Samsung 3.57%
American Megatrends 0.89%
Intel 0.82%
MSI 0.74%
Common models
ASUS All Series 5.00%
HP 15 Notebook PC 4.74%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 4.61%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 4.08%
HP Pavilion 15 Notebook P... 2.70%
LENOVO 80E3 2.63%

About Panda Security

Panda Security is a software security developer focusing on the production of antivirus software whose line of to include firewalls, spam and spyware detection applications, cybercrime prevention technology, and other security tools for businesses and home users.
Publisher URL: www.pandasecurity.com


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