Panda Cloud Antivirus is a free antivirus software that uses the cloud. This means that the software is not running entirely on the local hard drive, but it makes contact through the Internet to a remote server. This central Panda server collects information about viruses and malware through the network by millions of users. In this way new threats will be detected in real-time, which means that the threat will be found before it installs on your computer. On the user’s computer it needs only a little disk space and it use not much memory, most of the work takes place online.
Panda Cloud provides real-time protection against viruses, worms, trojans, dialers, spyware, adware and other malware. According to the producer it has 50 percent less impact on the system compared to traditional virus scanners. It includes antivirus, anti-spyware and anti-rootkit functions. While browsing on the Internet Panda Cloud will warn you if you are entering malicious and phishing sites, so you can browse without worrying if the website is safe which you are visiting.
The interface of Panda Cloud Antivirus is very simple. The interface has 4 buttons: Status view, Scan Now, Reports and a Recycle Bin (Panda’s name for quarantine). The Status view indicates how you are secured, the Reports button opens a log with threats which has been detected and the Recycle Bin shows the threats in quarantine. In the right-bottom corner is a small icon to change settings like: configuring Autorun, scan USB drives, file exclusions and configure the internet accessing through a proxy server. Besides the quick scan it is possible to make a regular scan or you can perform a custom scan where you can scan only a specific disk, folder or file.
This program is for users who don’t want a complicated Antivirus program. The settings are easy and the different kind of scans can be done very quickly. For advanced users Panda Antivirus is maybe too limited. Panda Cloud will update through the cloud very often and it can identify and classify a virus in a couple of minutes. During the installation they are offering a browser toolbar which gives some additional protection. Panda Cloud Antivirus Free Edition is only free for home use, commercial users has to buy the pro version. The Pro version contains not advertisements unlike the free version. For the rest has the Pro version technical support, prevents attacks through autorun Malware coming from USB sticks or external drives and it analyze abnormal behavior of system processes. This Antivirus Software can compete with other free antivirus software like Microsoft Security Essentials, AVG, Avira, BitDefender and Avast. Also available Panda Antivirus Pro with more features.
Features Panda Cloud Antivirus Free
- Real-time protection against all types of viruses.
- Automatic & transparent upgrades of new engine and program versions.
- URL and Web filtering of malicious, drive-by exploits and phishing sites.
- Product localized into 20 different languages.