Panda Cloud Anti-Virus: A “Truly Cloud”
A revolution in the concept of Anti-virus. This screen uses much less of your PC, but does not lose its efficiency!
Change can be a great thing, and the only thing which is constant is Change… I am sure you all have heard some fascinating stories of people who shed half their weight. But to be very honest change can also be treacherous and destructive. A small peek into history books would reveal us stories of great empires falling apart, leaving nothing but dust behind. Doubtless however, change is powerful.. Anyways today i am going to tell you about a new revolutionary product in the field of Anti-Virus…Any Guess, What it is? 🙂
Panda Cloud Anti-Virus is a different concept. Betting on lightness and extreme simplicity of use, this software AIMS to protect the computer without the user HAVING to Intervene and worry. This is the first and only free antivirus that brings the concept of protection “Cloud”.
According to the developers, the protection model uses an architecture consisting of an agent and a server process which block various types of malware more effectively than traditional anti-virus installed that run exclusively by the computer. The innovation consists in the fact that it does not carry large signatures with its installer nor does it download them afterwards and keep them on the computer. Also, the amount of system resources necessary for Panda Cloud to do its job is measly enough not to be noticed by the user or impact on the performance of the system. But the cornerstone feature that makes all this possible is the connection to the Panda Cloud database aka Panda Cloud’s Collective Intelligence .
Panda Cloud uses unique techniques for intercepting malware on the client architecture, which can prevent new and unknown viruses into action through a lightweight platform..
Without an Internet connection the application installed on your computer is little bit useless as it requires connection to the centralized database where all the scanned files get analyzed (for preserving the bandwidth only part of the file is sent). That’s why it brings advantages such as a small footprint on resources and improved detection. But hey.. don’t worry it also have two additional layers for offline protection i.e. automatic deactivation of Windows auto-run and behavioral blocking of unknown threats.
Even while off-line, Panda Cloud Anti-virus will protect you against all malware that is circulating as it stores small cache version of malware signatures which detects and disinfects the subset of “In the Wild” malware and synchronizes it in every agent for off-line operation.
It can be used freely for as long as you want. The free use of Panda Cloud Anti-Virus covers Real-time Infection monitoring, scanning, detection and removal..so you get everything for free. There is also a professional/paid version of the application available, which contains Automatic vaccination of USB drives and behavioral analysis of running processes, but for these additional components you will have to cover the $29.95 price tag.
The interface is quite friendly enough to help any type of user put up a fight against malware with no effort at all. Every option is easy to understand and unlike the traditional Anti-virus software on the market all settings are reduced to minimum while detection and elimination rates are maxed out.
Installation and System Requirements
Installing Panda Cloud AV will not bore you. Installation is so fast that it will take less than 10 seconds to set up into your system.
And after this completes, it’ll find its way to the system tray and start scanning in the background looking for malware. Although it is in a continuous search for threats (background scan) it won’t put any load on the resources while performing this operation.
Ease of Use
Panda Cloud have clean, impressive interface when compared to similar products. On the right bottom corner of the interface you’ll see an a blue/white round button.
Click it and the interface flips! Yes, flipping is the only way to access the Panda Cloud Anti-virus Advanced Settings section. Combining the advanced settings into an easier to use menu would easily place this at the five star mark.
* Real-time protection against malware, rootkit, spyware, viruses, trojans, worms, keyloggers, malicious websites and downloads.
* Behavioral blocking of new & unknown threats.
* Behavioral analysis of running processes (Available only on Paid Version)
* Automatic deactivation of Windows auto-run.
* Automatic USB vaccination, to protect from auto-run malware. (Available only on Paid Version)
* Cloud-heuristic detection for unknown malware.
* Recycle Bin (Quarantine Manager) – An option to manage the detected/neutralized items in quarantine.
This is where Panda Cloud AV really shines. The first thing you’ll notice is that it is very light on resources and has a minimal impact on your system’s operation. In fact, except for its notification area icon, you won’t even know that its running.
It also backs up its status as a certified anti-virus product with independent testing organizations like ICSA Labs.
Malware Detection by “Panda Cloud”
To continue in this Panda Cloud review, I decided to transfer 10,005 malware samples from my Virtual PC to the system drive where Panda Cloud AV is installed. After that, I allowed the program to scan 10,000 malware samples. The detection of Panda Cloud is great. It neutralized 9350 and blocked 229 (Suspicious) out of 10,005 malware samples, that means it managed to remove about 9579 out of 10,005 malwares.
I have also tested it against 15 0Day Samples, and but here Panda able to block only 8 out of 15.
During my testing the peak for RAM usage was of about 76 MB (on-demand scan) and around 60% use of the CPU. These values were recorded on a Single Core Processor at 2.4 GHz with 512 MB of RAM running Windows XP Professional SP3.
While this may not perfect, it’s still above average detection and protection by Panda Cloud AV.
The scan times, heuristic detection and the low footprint on system resources are the main advantages for Panda Cloud. A beautifully drawn glassy interface and an extraordinary ease of use are adding value to the software.
You are also given the possibility to undo neutralized files and restore absolutely any files from the Recycle Bin aka Quarantine Manager. Windows Autorun and USB vaccination is also one of the best features to increase the protection of PC.
The Internet connection is an absolute must with Panda Cloud as there is ery small local cache which allows the app to function independent of the connection to the cloud. This small cache will only protect you from the very small number of ITW (In The Wild) samples.
During my testing on large malware databases it took a very long time to assessing the malware pieces.
After testing out this product I came to a conclusion about how it is. The main thing I liked about it was it’s speed and its user interface. Less than 10 Seconds, for installation of Panda Cloud and working with it does not require any special skills. Background scanning has minimum impact on system resources and on-demand one is not too demanding either for an average computer. Last but not least, this was an excellent product and did have very good malware protection. It did what it said it will do.