Talk of the “Cloud”, as a startling new concept in computing, is everywhere it seems. I’ve always found this “new concept” idea kind of curious though, when you consider that the Internet, by simply definition, IS the “Cloud”.
Yes, I am aware that the concept is at least marginally different, inasmuch as delivery of “software as a service”, which allows customers to access applications via the Web, puts a slightly different spin on things.
I must admit though, that I have been a late adapter of the Cloud concept in general, since the state of security on the Internet with its exponentially growing threats has dissuaded me, by and large, from active involvement.
It’s ironic, in a sense, that Panda Security, a noted security provider, with the final release of their free Panda Cloud Antivirus after six months of Beta testing , have convinced me to overcome my reluctance to jump on board the Cloud express, and participate at least at the system and Internet security level.
I’ve been testing the Beta version of Panda Cloud Antivirus since the end of April 2009, off and on, and I’ve been pleasantly surprised with it’s performance, particularly the light use of system resources. This application is definitely not a resource hog.
A good indication of the reliability of Panda’s Cloud Antivirus as a front line anti-malware application is, the 99.4 percent overall detection rate established in malware detection rate tests performed by AV-Test.org, a highly reputable test organization. This is an outstanding result.
Should you consider installing and running Panda’s Cloud Antivirus? Well, let me offer you this, from previous correspondence with Panda’s CEO Juan Santana “The threat climate demands a new protection model”. Given the unstable state of the Internet, I can certainly second that, and it comes not a moment too soon, in my view.
FREE, antivirus thin-client service for consumers which is able to process and block malware more efficiently than locally installed signature-based products.
The immediate benefits to users thanks to Panda’s new protection model are: 100x faster protection against new malware and 50 percent less impact on PC performance, compared to the industry average.
Utilizing its proprietary in-the-cloud scanning technology called Collective Intelligence, to automatically identify and classify new malware strains in near real-time (less than six minutes.
This same process takes up to 48 days with traditional AV products, according to a recent study from the University of Michigan.
The final release includes a number of new features and upgrades including:
New and improved interface makes Cloud Antivirus even easier to use.
Improved performance with cache optimization and memory management lowers CPU utilization and memory consumption.
Online support forums now available.
System requirements: Windows XP (32 bits), Windows Vista (32bits and 64bits), Windows 7 (32bits and 64bits) – My x64 friends will be happy to see this.
Download at: Cloud Antivirus
Installation instructions (from Panda).
If you have any of the previous versions installed (Beta1, Beta2 or Beta3) do the following:
1- Uninstall your current version.
2- Reboot your computer.
3- Download version 1.0 from http://www.cloudantivirus.com and install.
4- If you already have an account from Beta3, you can use the same one. Otherwise the installer will prompt you to create a Cloud Antivirus account.
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