Panda Security has upgraded and expanded Panda Cloud Antivirus, the first and only cloud-based anti-malware service to protect home computer users. The upgrade of Panda Cloud Antivirus Free Edition improves and extends the protection provided by the original free product. A brand new commercial version of the product, Panda Cloud Antivirus Pro, delivers expanded support services and automation capabilities for even greater convenience. Both products, available for download at http://www.cloudantivirus.com, set the standard in malware detection and consume minimal PC resources.
Since the debut of Panda Cloud Antivirus last year, nearly 10 million home users have selected the free service as their antivirus of choice. “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”, says Jeremy Matthews, head of Panda’s sub-Saharan operations. “The Free Edition gives users the best basic no-cost protection available on the market thanks to Panda’s cloud-based Collective Intelligence technology, while the new Pro Edition offers more robust automated security capabilities and services at a very affordable price.”
The first-free “in the cloud” security service for home users, Panda Cloud Antivirus provides instantaneous protection against real-world threats with next to no impact on computer performance. This minimal resource usage is a major benefit of Collective Intelligence, Panda’s proprietary technology for automatically collecting and processing millions of malware samples in the cloud instead of locally, on the user’s PC. This results in efficient, accurate malware protection that consumes only 15MB of RAM, compared with 60MB for traditional signature-based anti-virus products. Collective Intelligence also provides superior detection against both known and unknown malware.
In a recent comparative test of leading free antivirus programs conducted by AV-Test.org, Panda outperformed the average zero day detection score of the other products tested by 42.5%. Panda also scored 99.4%, or higher, in four on-demand detection rate tests including the PCSecurityLabs test, for which it scored 99.7%.
PCMag.com, PC World and CNET have hailed Panda Cloud Antivirus as the first free anti-virus product completely built on a cloud infrastructure. Panda’s reverse signature analysis approach, which feeds information about goodware and malware characteristics to the Collective Intelligence database, ensures rapid scanning for the newest and most dangerous malware. According to Neil Rubenking, security analyst at PCMag.com, “Panda Cloud Antivirus 1.0 is the best free antivirus software available…and is our Editors’ Choice for free antivirus.”
New features in Panda Cloud Antivirus Free Edition include advanced configuration and exclusions. This allows users to customise certain features, such as behavioural blocking and analysis, to suit their individual needs and system requirements. Behavioural blockers provide instantaneous protection against new malware and targeted attacks, while self-protection of antivirus files and configurations also ensures protection can’t be disabled by targeted malware attacks.
Additional features in the Cloud Antivirus Pro Edition include automatic, transparent upgrades, providing completely “hands-free” protection by eliminating the need for reinstalling the antivirus each time a new version is released. Automatic vaccination of USB and hard drives ensures that neither drive type can transmit an infection while users are offline. Dynamic behavioural analysis also provides an added layer of protection by analyzing running processes and blocking any found to be malicious.
Panda Cloud Antivirus has received numerous awards, including the Editors’ Choice Award from PCMag.com USA, Best Tech of the Year from LAPTOP Magazine USA, 5 Stars from Downloads Café USA amoungst others.
Pricing and Availability
Panda Cloud Antivirus Pro Edition is priced at $29.95. Both products are available now and can be downloaded at http://www.cloudantivirus.com.
For more information, visit http://www.pandasecurity.com/.
 Reprinted from www.pcmag.com, November 13, 2009, with permission. © 2009 Ziff Davis Publishing Holdings Inc. All Rights Reserved.