Panda on Thursday announced that it has upgraded its Panda Cloud Antivirus Free Edition online scanner with improved protection. In addition, the company also now offers a fee-based Pro Version with expanded support services and automation capabilities.
"Since the debut of Panda Cloud Antivirus last year, nearly 10 million home users have selected the free service as their antivirus of choice," said Pedro Bustamante, senior research advisor at Panda Security. "With today’s launch, we’ve created two options for users, both featuring major enhancements that make safeguarding your PC even easier and more transparent. The Free Edition gives users the best basic no-cost protection available on the market thanks to Panda’s cloud-based Collective Intelligence malware analysis technology, while the new Pro Edition offers more robust automated security capabilities and services at a very affordable price."
Some of the new features in the freebie version include advanced configuration and exclusions, behavioral blocker, and self-protection of antivirus files. For those who shell out for the Pro version, you'll receive automatic and transparent upgrades, automatic vaccination of USB and hard drives, better behavioral analysis, and 24.7 multilingual tech support.
The Pro Edition runs $30 for a 1-year license, $51 for 2 years, or $66 for 3 years.
Panda shredded every threat we threw at it with the ferocity of, well, anything but a panda bear. Spyware, Trojans, potentially unwanted programs (PUPs)—you name it, Panda pounced on it like a hungry dog that had been thrown a meaty bone.
This particular Panda can also be a little bit needy. By default, Panda alerts you to every activity under the sun, even benign attempts by your home network to connect to your PC. Over time, the pop-ups settle down considerably, and for the ones of a more serious nature—like those alerting you to a real threat or virus attack—Panda makes it easy to adjust both the transparency and longevity of the pop-ups. Still, we wish Panda would take more initiative and not bother us with so many alerts.
After sitting in beta for six months, Panda today announced its Cloud Antivirus is now ready for prime time and is available as a free download for all consumers.
"Since the beta release of Panda Cloud Antivirus in April, we have been judiciously testing our cloud-based protection model, making upgrades in security and performance, and listening to our user community," said Juan Santana, CEO of Panda Security. "With Panda Cloud Antivirus 1.0, we've really changed the game, providing our users the most powerful and lightweight free protection available on the market today."
There's been a few improvements from when we first glimpsed the beta back in April, such as a polished interface, better performance thanks in large part to cache optimizations and memory management schemes, a Collective Intelligence Monitor which keeps a list of malware from the community updated in real time, and new support forums.
You can grab the free download here (and if you're a fan of the banjo, be sure to check out the video in that same link).
Panda Security's free Cloud Antivirus, released in beta form just a couple of months back, has apparently been well received with "millions" of downloads. Based on feedback from those who have participated, Panda this week released the second beta for what it refers to as the first free cloud-based antivirus thin client.
Several new features and fixes have been added to the newest beta, some of which include:
Undo option for the Recycle Bin to recover deleted detections for a period of 3 days in case of false positives
Synchronous real-time Cloud scan
A response control mechanism that prevents programs from executing before they can be scanned
Background and on-demand scans no longer run simultaneously, improving overall scan times
For a full list of fixes of changes, as well as download instructions, see here.
No word yet on when the final release of Version 1.0 will go live, however Panda did say it plans to release a third beta sometime around September.
After nearly three years of development, Panda Security today released the public beta of its Panda Cloud Antivirus, which the company claims is the first free cloud-based antivirus thin-client. By taking AV duties to the cloud and combining it with local detection technologies, Panda says it can do a better job at protecting your PC than a traditional virus scanner.
"Thanks to Panda Security's Collective Intelligence malware and goodware online database, Panda Cloud Antivirus detects more malware than traditional signature-based solutions which take longer to detect the most recent, and therefore most dangerous, variants," Pedro Bustamanta, Panda Senior Research Advisor, wrote in a blog entry.
The local portion of the program takes up roughly 50MB of hard drive space while consuming about 17MB of RAM, according to a Cnet report. By the time Panda Cloud Antivirus exits the beta stage, Bustamante hopes to have the RAM consumption down to 12MB.
One potential downside to relying on the cloud for antivirus protection is that your PC would be left vulnerable without an internet connection. But not to worry, says Bustamante, who clarified that a local cache copy of Collective Intelligence is kept on the PC for just such scenarios.