Panda Security had its head in the cloud long before it became vogue to do so, and today marks the launch of Panda Cloud Antivirus 2.0, a free cloud-based consumer antivirus service. There are several reasons to upgrade if you're rocking a previous build, including the fact that this new release is fully compatible with Microsoft's Windows 8 Release Preview. It also supposedly scans much faster than before.
How fast, exactly? According to Panda Security, version 2.0 of its cloud-based antivirus service boasts 50 percent faster on-demand scans compared to earlier versions, and is even more effective than before.
"The new version of Panda Cloud Antivirus improves disinfection rates and reduces the memory footprint," said Pedro Bustamante, Senior research advisor at Panda Security. "Thanks to the useful feedback of our beta tester community we have improved this product yet again, providing maximum PC protection and disinfection power with minimum impact on PC performance."
New to the free version with the 2.0 release are behavior-based scanning technologies, which were previously limited to Pro Editions. The Pro Edition is a $30 upgrade that adds a smart community-based firewall, around-the-clock technical support, and automatic USB vaccination.
Panda Cloud Antivirus 2.0 Free and Pro Editions are available now.