Gah the ads and nag screens were driving me nuts from the free antivirus. I was using Panda Cloud AV for years, and only in the past months there was some update and it got out of hand.
I tried switching to Avira, and a pile of other things. I even contacted support! I ended up back with Panda hating life, because the crap I know seemed better than the crap I didn’t know.
Well, today I have finally fixed the ads and it was so simple I don’t know how I missed this before. Really. It all came down to a setting with an obfuscated label.
Thanks to this PC Mag article and comment thread — really I was looking for an alternative antivirus without ads, and I just kept getting pointed back to Panda Cloud. So I read the comments. So happy and feeling so dumb but still so happy :).
What to do: Settings –> turn off Panda News.