Panda Cloud Antivirus – Now the Best Free Antivirus Solution

Panda Security’s new beta version of its popular Panda Cloud Antivirus solution offers a sneak preview of Panda Cloud Antivirus 3.0. A chance for customers to review the product before if goes into the final stages of production. The antivirus boasts an all new Wi-Fi monitor – Allowing users to identify which devices are logged on to their network and helps weed out any unwanted devices that may be piggy backing and slowing down their internet connection. The latest report published by the prestigious IT security institute, AV-Test, rates Panda Cloud Antivirus as the best free antivirus solution. The product obtained top ratings in the protection (6/6) and ease of use (6/6) areas, without a single false positive. Panda Cloud Antivirus also includes all the capabilities you would expect from an antivirus, including a firewall with an intrusion detection system, USB vaccination and protection against malware. Panda has also made the interface more user friendly and customisable to better suite users’ needs.
The new beta version is now available for download at:


Panda “up to speed” with Microsoft’s new releases

Panda Security customers who upgrade to Microsoft’s recently released software upgrades will enjoy maximum protection from day one – Panda Cloud Office Protection (PCOP) and Panda Cloud Systems Management (PCSM), the company’s cloud-based corporate solutions, are fully compatible with Microsoft’s recently released software releases: Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2. Panda Cloud Office Protection (PCOP) is Panda Security’s cloud solution for endpoints, laptops and servers; while Panda Cloud Systems Management (PCSM), represents an innovative new way to manage, monitor and support IT systems in the office or on the road. “It’s important for Panda Security to be able to respond to users’ needs while remaining at the forefront of the ever-changing world of technology,” says Jeremy Matthews, Country Manager for Panda Security South Africa. “Our product portfolio has been engineered to work with Microsoft’s new releases, so if any of our customers decide to upgrade to Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2, they can rest assured they will enjoy maximum protection immediately.”


PandaLabs Q2 Report finds malware creation at record levels

Recently published results from PandaLabs Quarterly Report for Q2 2013 indicate that malware creation reached record levels with Trojans accounting for 77.2 percent of all new malware created (worms: 11.28 percent; viruses 10.29 percent) and 79.70 percent of malware infections – affecting eight in ten users. Of concern, too, is the increase in malware targeting the Android platform. Interestingly, during this quarter, 12 percent more malware was created than for the same period last year, and when the data for the first and second quarters of 2013 is combined, the increase on 2012 reaches17 percent. According to Panda’s Jeremy Matthews, cyber-criminals use Trojans as a key tool to infect users, continually introducing changes to avoid detection and, in many cases, automating the process of changing the Trojan. They use scripts and special tools in order to change the binaries run on victims’ computers to evade the signature-based detection used by antivirus firms. Talking globally, China once again topped the table (52.36 percent), followed by Turkey (43.59 percent), and Peru (42.14 percent) in terms of infection rates. On the other end of the spectrum, Europe continues to have the lowest infection rates. Sweden (21.03 percent), Norway (21.14 percent), and Germany (25.18 percent) are the countries with the lowest infection rates. The only non-European country in the Top Ten was Japan, in fourth place with 24.21 percent. Country-to-country cyber-espionage and cyber-espionage on individuals also hit the headlines this quarter. The allegations of widespread espionage on Internet communications were not void of controversy. On June 6, a Washington Post exclusive revealed that the US National Security Agency, the NSA, had been spying on ‘everyone’ using a program called PRISM with the voluntary assistance of nine technology sector giants: Microsoft, Apple, Google, Yahoo, Facebook, YouTube, Skype, AOL, and PalTalk. These companies categorically denied the accusations and the Washington Post edited the story the following day, changing the title and deleting references to how the companies were voluntarily releasing all kinds of customer data to the NSA. China continues to occupy many of the headlines regarding cyber-espionage, although in this quarter, the USA has been in the eye of the storm after revelations about the PRISM program that the NSA used to obtain data from users of platforms such as Facebook, YouTube or Skype. This quarter also saw a series of cases that reaffirmed the importance of social networking security. Among them, a group called ‘Syrian Electronic Army’ managed to take over the Twitter accounts of several news media with disastrous consequences. The Associated Press’ primary Twitter account was hacked and used to falsely report two explosions in the White House supposedly injuring the President. The story spread like wildfire, resulting in the Dow Jones index dropping 155 points.

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Panda Security Ventures into the Movie Business with “Open Windows”

In a world where interconnectivity is increasingly important, Panda Security has chosen to sponsor a French-Spanish co-production, Open Windows, as a means of increasing public awareness of the dangers of the Internet, regardless of the device used to connect to it.

Scheduled for release in a few months, the movie, directed by Spanish director-screenwriter Nacho Vigalondo, plays out in real time, utilizing different types of formats and electronic devices and the action is seen through the first-person view of the main character’s laptop.


With cyber-crime as a backdrop, Open Windows stars Elijah Wood as an everyman whose girlfriend (Sasha Grey) has been abducted by a vicious killer. Wood’s character spends the rest of the film trying to find her, in a hunt that revolves around various forms of technology. The action is followed on the screen of a laptop connected to the Internet, an approach that reflects the importance of mobility and immediate Internet connectivity in today’s world.


As director, Nacho Vigalondo explains, “Even though the movie is entirely fictitious, we are getting more and more used to hearing stories about new and increasingly sophisticated cyber-stalking attacks like the one suffered by the character played by Sasha Grey.”


“In a world where technologies are becoming an increasingly important part of our lives, malware entry points have multiplied,” says Jeremy Matthews, Country Manager for Panda Security. “Users must be aware that cyber-criminals are always looking for new ways to hook unsuspecting people through any Internet access point. In fact, according to data from the latest PandaLabs report, malware creation hit a new record high in Q2 2013, and Android malware is clearly on the rise”.




Multi-Platform Protection a Significant Feature of Panda’s New Retail 2014 range

A major innovation of Panda Security’s new retail range of security solutions is the multi-platform protection offered by Panda Global Protection for Windows (XP, Vista,Windows 7 and Windows 8); Mac, and Apple’s mobile devices (iPad, iPhone and iPhone Touch), and Android (tablets, smartphones and smart TV).


The new range which includes Panda Global Protection 2014, Panda Internet Security 2014 and Panda Antivirus Pro 2014is designed to provide complete protection with minimum impact on PC performance and leverages the extensive benefits of cloud-based security to tackle all types of digital threats: viruses, hackers, online fraud, and identity theft, as well as known and unknown threats.


Enhanced scanning, detection and disinfection ensure users can keep their online identities completely secure.


Particularly attractive is the fact that these solutions are easy to use, light and secure and built on Panda Security’s Collective Intelligence system.


PandaLabs research suggests that during the first six months of the year, 17% more malware samples were created than for the same period last year, evidence that the degree of danger is increasing every month. Panda has also observed an increase in attacks on mobile platforms, with Android being the cyber-criminal’s preferred mobile operating system – though these attacks remain significantly fewer than those against PCs In addition, there is evidence that an increasing number of Trojans and other malware are taking advantage of such devices to infect PCs when they connect to them.


The new products in Panda Security’s 2014 retail range come with 12-months’ protection and are now available online from as well as from all major retailers and resellers. A free trial of the 2014 retail range is also available. Visit


Customers who want to buy Panda Security products online can do so through its website:







Panda Cloud Antivirus 2.2 incorporates Frequently Requested Features

The new version Panda Cloud Antivirus 2.2 draws on the experience of the community of Internet users with previous versions of the solution, and includes new features designed to protect personal data. Furthermore, Panda Cloud Antivirus 2.2 includes a new area specifically set up for more advanced users, called Community Labs, where Internet users can access new features of the program for free during the pilot phase.

The new features included in the Community Labs area are strongly focused towards the security of users’ personal data, as well as safer browsing for children and the disinfection capabilities of the computers, thanks to Panda Cloud Cleaner technology.

• Data Shield, which enables Panda Cloud Antivirus to prevent malware from accessing users’ personal data. Should any new malware overcome all layers of protection and infiltrate a user’s computer, this new version will prevent the theft or encryption of personal data.

• Parental Control, to keep kids safe from inappropriate Web content. This feature lets users block access to a range of Web content, classified into 59 different categories. Parents can also get a quick view of children’s activity through a dashboard with filters by date, website or category. Rescue Boot, a highly useful tool in the event of emergencies caused by malware infections that block computers. This can boot the system from a USB or from a rescue option on the computer and remove any virus that blocks the system thanks to Panda Cloud Cleaner technology.

In short, Panda Cloud Antivirus 2.2 includes a series of improvements that will increase its detection capabilities, while bearing in mind the needs of Internet users. That’s why this new version includes two features widely requested by the community of users: Access control and safe mode scanning and installation. Access Control means that Panda Cloud Antivirus can be password-protected against unauthorised access. And now, Panda Cloud Antivirus 2.2 can be installed in Safe Mode, scanning the computer for all types of malware.

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