SECURITY TO THE CORE

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.

Main GUI..

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.

Advanced Setting Window..

Product Features

* 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.

Performance

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.

What’s Good

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.

What’s Bad

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.

Conclusion

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.

Highly recommended!

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24 responses

  1. paf

    Thanks, avinash, excellent review. Cheers.

    July 6, 2010 at 15:57

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  3. Nasir

    Greetings from Great Britain !!

    Nice Review Avinash…Keep it up !! Can you please write-up a comparative review on Panda Cloud and Immunet?

    July 6, 2010 at 18:00

  4. Toni

    Nice review Avinash..Panda Cloud AV is really a very nice Anti-virus software..

    July 6, 2010 at 19:00

  5. Static Ray

    Panda cloud is no. one free antivirus! It needs minimum of resources and has best detection ratio

    July 6, 2010 at 19:07

  6. Toxic

    No Doubt Panda Cloud is very Effective and lightweight anti-malware solution for machines with an always-on net connection. But it would not be good for those systems which are not connected with Internet…

    July 6, 2010 at 19:09

  7. GijoeBlast

    Excellent work Avinash. I´ve used too many av like AVG, Avast but Panda cloud detected malware that other av don’t detect. Really light and very friendly use. Really really good software.

    Gijoe.

    July 6, 2010 at 19:10

  8. Jackson

    Simply the best. Light, fast, great protection based in cloud computer. The future is here. Great product..

    July 6, 2010 at 19:11

  9. Sims

    Panda Cloud is really an AWESOME!

    Believe me, I’m an advanced user, I’ve tried ALL anti-viruses.
    High detection…”neutralized” 119 viruses in 50secs in a super infected PC
    Pretty cool GUI…cute glassy look:)

    Please help its developers so that they can develop it more.
    Cheers..!

    July 6, 2010 at 19:12

  10. Ronald

    Best anti-virus free!! 5 stars!! Very complete. 100% Good.

    July 6, 2010 at 19:12

  11. Gulf

    A great anti-virus, very easy to use and really effective. Perfect to surf and forget about the protect to your pc. Excellent software. Best of the Anti-virus free so far!!

    Avinash please do a review on Avast IS too.. !!

    July 6, 2010 at 19:14

  12. Carlos

    Great product. Very easy to install. Easy to use. It’s fast, light and free. Just give it a try.

    July 6, 2010 at 19:15

  13. acr

    Very nice, professional review.

    July 6, 2010 at 23:04

  14. Corno

    Clear review, well done.

    July 7, 2010 at 15:20

  15. Hashim

    Hi Avinash,

    Thank you for your nice review. I want to ask one question, is it possible to run Panda Cloud with Prevx ? Do they conflict with each other?

    July 7, 2010 at 16:58

  16. LionHeart

    Nice Review. I agree Panda Cloud is truly Cloud Anti-Virus…

    @ Hashim:- Why you want to run two cloud AV simultaneously? What do you want to achieve? A super cloud? I am sure Avinash also do not recommend you to run two cloud AV simultaneously

    July 7, 2010 at 17:01

  17. Great idea, thanks for this post!

    July 18, 2010 at 15:31

  18. The cloud security solutions are the future in protecting the computers against Internet threats.Thanks for the informations,always I “hunt” this kind of news.

    July 25, 2010 at 16:40

  19. Thank you

    July 28, 2010 at 00:31

  20. I would like to exchange links with your site technonxt.wordpress.com
    Is this possible?

    July 31, 2010 at 18:00

  21. Very good review, considering panda…

    August 1, 2010 at 13:24

  22. thanks

    October 13, 2010 at 03:24

  23. I found lots of valuable information in this forum

    Greetings to all

    Gry

    November 25, 2010 at 14:05

  24. Noblin

    Most what i read online is trash and copy paste but you definitely add value. Bravo.

    December 13, 2010 at 23:00

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