Free Panda Cloud Antivirus 1.0 – The Ultimate in Protection?

image 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.

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Quick highlights:

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.

New website and Collective Intelligence Monitor give users access to a list of malware from the community that is updated in real-time.

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.

Rick Robinette over at What’s On My PC, has also completed a substantial test run on Cloud Antivirus, so be sure to read his report – Panda Cloud Antivirus – Is It Netbook ready?

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6 responses to “Free Panda Cloud Antivirus 1.0 – The Ultimate in Protection?

  1. HarleyBBorn

    Hey Bill,

    I am using Avira Premium on one computer, but on my new one with windows 7 64 bit i am using Avira Free edition. Would it be worth a try to switch to panda? I guess i am wondering which would be better, though knowing not any Antivirus is 100%. Be honest now, I can take it. LOL!!

    • Bill Mullins

      Hey Todd,

      Ya gotta to be tough to be a Harley dude, so I won’t go easy on ya!

      The most important issue is not so much what AV a person uses (assuming it’s not a bum product of course), but how they use their AV. That is, regularly updated definitions and regular scans – a minimum of once a day for both. A quick scan daily, is usually sufficient, with a deep scan once a week, or so. Of course Browser protection with WOT, or an alternative, is critical. As are the appropriate Firefox security addons, etc. Frankly, I run in a sandboxed environment whenever I surf the Net, and I watch my ports for activity constantly. It might sound like a lot of work, but it’s not nearly as much work as trying to recover a compromised system.

      As you know, I’m a great believer in running secondary scanners, since as you rightly point out “not any Antivirus is 100%”. With that in mind, I think an application like Panda Cloud, given that it doesn’t take up any space on the HD could be used successfully as a secondary scanner. Just be sure to turn off auto startup, otherwise conflict can easily occur. You might find, over time, that Panda Cloud suits your needs better as a primary AV.

      Avira, both the Premium and the free version, are outstanding products. In fact, I have used Avira free on an XP Pros system for years, and I’m very satisfied.

      Best,

      Bill

  2. HarleyBBorn

    Well, i downloaded panda which i am using now on windows 7. I had to uninstall my Avira Free, because panda would not let me install. Which is no big deal, if i don’t like panda, i can always go back to Avira. There is not to much to panda, as far as options or anything. I will see how it works out.

    THANKS!! for all the info!! Is very much appreciated!!

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  4. yudha

    I very like your families & technology

  5. Wedding Photographer

    I like the name of this AV… will have to check it out – many thanks