If you know about Panda Security you probably think of it as one of the top choices for free antivirus. Behind its famous freebie, however, are several paid suites that add extra features and support. The lineup was recently renamed Panda Dome, with the top suite called Panda Dome Premium, which costs $155 per year for a single PC—new customers pay $116.24.

Instead of the yearly payment, Panda also offers a subscription option where you pay a monthly fee. Going the subscription route ups the costs even more, of course, with a yearly price of $155.88 to cover just one PC. Holy. Moly.

Whichever route you choose, Panda Dome Premium is one of the more expensive suites we’ve looked at. It costs $263 ($197.24 is the special offer price) to cover 10 devices with Panda Dome Premium, for example, while Norton Security Premium will cover the same amount of devices for $110.

The upside is you get an absolute ton of features for those prices, although that’s not without its problems. Earlier versions of Panda, such as Panda Gold Protection, tried to cram a ton of features into a tiled interface with multiple pages.

Note: This review is part of our best antivirus roundup. Go there for details about competing products and how we tested them.

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Panda Dome Premium’s default view.

In Panda Dome Premium, all of the main features are listed in a single scrolling list with each one shaped like an iOS app icon. If the feature is active there’s an “ON” badge in the upper-right corner of each icon.

With its Dome protection, Panda is looking to unify the interfaces across mobile and PC, which is why Dome Premium looks like it was lifted straight off an iPad. I’m often critical of mobile-style design for the PC, but in this case it works. The program window is the right size, the icons can show text if you need it, the badges are informative, scrolling down the list is easy, and the hamburger menu icon in the upper left is already as common on PCs as it is on mobile.

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Panda Dome Premium’s scan options.

The first icon in the dashboard is Scan. Click that and a smaller window opens up with three options: Critical areas, Full Scan, and Custom scan. The last two options are self-explanatory, while Critical areas scans memory, running processes, browser cookies, and other data for malware. It’s nice, easy, and straightforward.

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