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Panda Software offering compared to Symantec

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Hello;

I am looking into various security programs, specifically Symantec's Norton Internet Security 2005 and Panda Software Titanium (Antivirus) and Platinum (Antivirus and firewall). I have not been able to find any current information regarding the Panda Software offering. A google search showed some but the most recent was 2002 (a long time in this industry).

The platinum software makes several claims to being leading edge, using heuristic and a new behaviorial systems they refer to as truPrevent. But I have not been able to find any current product reviews or current information addressing this product.

A recent experience with Norton has lead us to re-evaulate our protection software on the Windows platforms, all of which are running XP pro.

Any information is appreciated.

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Not much of a technical qualification, but Panda has Scientologist ties (scary.)  That and virus defs come down every couple of HOURS vs. Symantec which happens about twice a week.  Now what changes are being made every couple of hours that are so important?  I have used it, and it seems to work well.

However, Symantec's tech support is the pits.  I've called on two separate occasions and after a 45 minute wait, they gave me the complete wrong answer.  I found better answers here actually.  I actually prefer Symantec because it's fairly small and works well.  If you're gonna manage a lot of computers, Symantec is certainly the way to go.


Excerpted (stolen) from http://www.xenu.net/archive/WIR/wir6-13.html


From testimony by Patrick Hinojosa, an officer of the
Scientology-affiliated Panda Software.

"Panda Software in France has had government and private contracts
canceled, been permanently precluded from future procurements, and has
been the subject of damning and false public accusations by French
officials. Since Panda became the target of such religious and economic
discrimination in France, which has been our third largest market after
the United States and Great Britain, our French subsidiary operation has
suffered a devastating 50% drop in revenue.

"Panda's founder, Mr. Urizarbarrena, and his wife have for many years been
members of the Scientology religion. This French government discrimination
has resulted in the current situation whereby Panda Software is now
effectively barred from access to the French governmental and major
private markets.

"Being forced to investigate the motivation of the French government, I
discovered that various commissions and ministries within the French state
have been engaged in a systematic campaign of discrimination and
intolerance against a wide range of minority religions and their members.
Indeed, there is a list of 172 targeted religious groups, many of them
American.

"Allegations surfaced that Panda's anti-virus software might be able to
somehow access the confidential databases of the French Ministry of
Interior and if this could happen then the information would be sent to
the Church of Scientology. This allegation is patently absurd. All of the
major international anti-virus certifying organizations have rigorously
tested Panda's products and given them their highest available levels of
certification. It was also alleged that buying and leasing Panda's
products was equivalent to funding the Church of Scientology via the
company, another patent falsehood. Panda and the Church of Scientology
have no connection whatsoever.

"The effective ban and boycott of Panda Software by the French government
simply because of Mr. Urizarbarrena's religious association and beliefs
painfully highlights the existence in France of a deliberate government
policy to attack and discriminate against companies, if its leaders have
the audacity to belong to a religion that French politicians don't favor
and have blacklisted.

"I implore you and the U.S. Congress give serious consideration to the
means available under existing legislation or other available instruments
and vehicles to make the French government realize that discriminating
against U.S. companies and persons, based upon the religious affiliation
of their founders or executive staff, is a violation of international
public policy and France's international treaty commitments, and that it
will not be tolerated by the United States."
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