Panda Cloud Antivirus

by Inspector on March 11, 2011

in Security, Privacy

Panda Cloud Antivirus is the first free cloud-based antivirus for home users that consists of a lightweight antivirus agent connected in real-time to PandaLabs online Collective Intelligence servers to protect faster against the newest malware variants while barely impacting PC performance. It protects against spywares, malwares and viruses.

When you open Cloud Antivirus, the main window lets you know whether you’re safe or not with a big red or green icon. Cloud Antivirus offers a ‘Quick Scan’ and a ‘Custom scan’ for specific folder, files, and drives, and its exceptionally lightweight software that won’t affect PC performance. You can opt out of contributing anonymous data to the cloud, but that also opts you out of automatic threat management.

Network connection proxy option and reporting feature show you what kind of threats have been detected and removed from your computer. You can filter the report by All, Last 24 hours, Last Week, or Last Month, and there’s a Recycle Bin pane from which you can recover a false positives. The Recycle Bin is hidden behind a ‘flipping’ screen that rotates when you need to access it.

Plus Points

  • Anti-virus, Anti-spyware, Anti-malware – protection from the cloud
  • Anti-Rootkits – protection against hidden threats
  • Online and Offline, permanent protection
  • Improved offline protection by disabling Autorun on your PC
  • Behavioral blocking of new and unknown threats
  • Advanced configuration and exclusion for experts
  • Product localized into 20 different languages
  • Automatic and transparent upgrades of new engine and program versions
  • URL and Web filtering of malicious, drive-by exploits and suspicious websites

It takes less than 10MB of RAM when idle, and around 60MB while scanning PC, which should appeal to resource-conscious Netbook users. Panda Cloud Antivirus is a decent, reasonable security choice. It detects more malware than traditional signature-based solutions which take longer to detect the most recent, and therefore most dangerous, variants. You are safe while you browse websites, play or work and you won’t even notice it. It is extremely light as all the work is done online in the cloud.

Panda Cloud Antivirus provides you with the fastest protection against the newest viruses thanks to its cloud-scanning from PandaLabs servers. Panda Cloud Antivirus is truly install and forget kind of security solution. Don’t worry about updates, configuration or complicated decisions ever again. With Panda Cloud Antivirus, Panda Security is introducing a new protection model that utilizes a thin-client agent and server architecture which processes and blocks malware more efficiently than locally installed signature-based products.

Traditional antivirus products for PCs rely on multiple locally installed technologies which intercept each file at different layers (entry vector, file system and execution) and scan them using various techniques (antivirus, heuristics, intrusion prevention, behavioral analysis, etc.). This process results in heavy usage of local PC memory and CPU resources, negatively impacting performance Panda Cloud Antivirus includes local and remote antivirus, anti-spyware, anti-rootkit, heuristics and goodware cache, while only consuming an average of 22 MB of RAM and 50 percent of the PC performance impact as compared to the industry average.

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