Panda Cloud Antivirus Out of Beta – Still Free

Testing anti-malware applications takes considerable time in order to get to the heart of the matter – does an application work in the “real world?”

Will the application do what an average user expects – does it block malware effectively and efficiently? Particularly new, or emerging, malware threats.

Is the interface crafted in such a way that an average user doesn’t need to digest an instruction manual in order to navigate the application?

Are database updates provided in a timely manner?

Is the application capable of providing adequate protection without stressing system resources?

This last point can be critically important. After all, who needs a resource hog interfering with one’s computer experience?

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, and I found it outstanding at recognizing and blocking malware threats. In fact, this application meets all of the above requirements.

PC Magazine recently stamped Panda Cloud Antivirus with it’s Editor’s Choice Award for Best Free AV, and I take that as an additional indication of the reliability of Panda’s Cloud Antivirus as a front line anti-malware application.

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 security state of the Internet, I can certainly agree, 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.

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

Supports Windows Vista and Windows 7 64bits.

Ability to restore any neutralized file.

Improved detection & protection against rootkits.

Free Technical Support forums.

System requirements: Windows XP (32 bit), Windows Vista (32bit and 64bit), Windows 7 (32bit and 64bit) – 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 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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4 responses to “Panda Cloud Antivirus Out of Beta – Still Free

  1. Re my new-found disappointment with Avira, I’m definitely going to give this a try.

    Thanks for the update, Bill. Good timing!

    Dave K

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  3. Mal

    Hey Bill,

    I was thinking of trying this AV but I read somewhere you need a fairly fast internet connection for it to function properly. I have broadband but it’s not superfast, so I am sticking with Avira for now.

    Mal