Softpedia Editor's Review for Panda Cloud Antivirus
First free cloud-based antivirus with less impact on PC performance.intrusion prevention.
Written by Bogdan Popa on March 26th, 2012
Read an in-depth analysis in our professional review for Panda Cloud Antivirus
Lightweight antivirus programs that have very good detection rates and do not clog the system they're supposed to defend used to be a rare sight not so long ago. Nowadays, cloud-based solutions are to be easily identified in this software category and among the best there's Panda Cloud Antivirus Free.
Thanks to its innovative Collective Intelligence feature, this antivirus is capable of scanning the computer while remaining incredibly light on hardware resources, not to mention that its detection rate is now significantly better.
The interface is quite pleasant and eye candy, with all the functions quite at hand. You can easily start a scan, view reports concerning your previous scans, tinker with its settings. All these are within a single click from the main window.
What really impressed us during our testing was the way Panda Cloud Antivirus Free Edition managed to flirt with computer resources because it was still running in the System Tray without hampering the CPU and the RAM at all.
Panda Cloud Antivirus Free Edition protects your data against multiple types of malware, so you will be fully secure when it comes to viruses, Trojan horses, adware, spyware and any similar threats. Another great thing is that it offers you a feature for 'Autorun & USB Vaccination' that will prevent external drives to run automatically when connected.
As our tests confirmed it, the detection rate is very good, but sometimes this works against it because some perfectly legitimate applications can be blocked by Panda Cloud Antivirus. This is due to the behavioral analysis that deems processes safe or unsafe. To prevent any similar problems it's advisable to place those kind of apps on the exclusions list.
All in all, Panda Cloud Antivirus Free Edition is a very good product that works amazingly fast, it's efficient and won't bother you at all.
Panda Cloud Antivirus description
Here are some key features of "Panda Cloud Antivirus":
The fastest in detecting new viruses:
· Our network of Collective Intelligence servers identifies and processes viruses automatically in a fraction of the time required by laboratory technicians.
Designed with you in mind:
· Now you can forget about tiresome antivirus products with incessant notifications and difficult questions. Panda Cloud Antivirus works for you without annoying you.
Updates are history:
· The real key to Panda Cloud Antivirus is in the Collective Intelligence servers. That's why you'll always have maximum detection capacity without relying on traditional updates.
Detects more than anyone else:
· The Panda servers have a database of millions of viruses allowing Panda Cloud Antivirus to detect the multitude of threats that appear every day.
· RAM: 64 MB.
· Hard disk free space: 100 MB.
· Browser: Internet Explorer 6.0 or later.
What's New in This Release: [ read full changelog ]
New features included in this Community Labs Area in Panda Cloud Antivirus 2.2 version are:
· Data Shield: This new Protection prevents malware from accessing your personal data. In case a new malware can surpass all protection layers and infiltrate into your PC, Data Shield will avoid any theft or encryption of the important thing: your personal data. We are so sure about the importance of this protection, that we are releasing it enabled by default.
· Parental Control: Keep an eye on the web sites your kids are visiting and protect them from inappropriate content by blocking access to any of 59 different categories. Have a quick view of your children’s activity in a dashboard filtered by date, website or category.
· Rescue Boot. This new feature is extremely useful in case of emergency situations caused by malware infections. Once created you will be able to boot from a USB or from a rescue option in your PC and remove any virus that locks your system thanks to Panda Cloud C...
Users are advised to pay attention while installing this ad-supported application:
· Offers to download or install software or components (such as browser toolbars) that the program does not require to fully function
· Offers to change the homepage for web browsers installed in the system
· Offers to change the default search engine for web browsers installed in the system