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Panda Cloud Anti-Virus Review (UPDATED+)

by on Nov.15, 2009, under Malware, Review

What is a “Cloud Anti-virus?”

“Unlike traditional antivirus software, cloud antivirus refers to the type of antivirus that runs on the cloud (remote server). Cloud Antivirus will scan all your files through the internet and run the tests on their own server, in this way it won’t disrupt any of your computer activity nor will it slow down your computer.” -addictivetips.com

-Panda Cloud Free Antivirus

Main Screen

-Processes (2)

-Memory Usage (256k to 12mb has been observed)

Download Size (19-21mb)

*NOTE* Panda Cloud will not install if you have an existing Anti-Virus product on your PC.

“A benefit of cloud antivirus is that instead of having to update traditional antivirus software routinely, it automatically updates the virus definitions in the cloud and then scans your files to see if it is infected with any of the new virus. It saves the headache of having to manage the antivirus software daily.” -addictivetips.com

Tests from MRG:

Test #1 uses 50 malware samples which were downloaded 24 hours before the test was conducted, thus showing the products ability to detect malware-like behavior when it does not have the virus definition for said files. As well as Panda’s response time for flagging a malicious file that is “in the wild”.

Results. Samples missed out of 50: Panda Cloud missed 1.

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Test #2 uses 100 malware samples which were downloaded 24 hours before the test was conducted. Same as above.

Results. Samples missed out of 100: Panda Cloud missed 7.

While you may be shocked by these numbers thinking “Oh no, my Panda Cloud isn’t blocking 8 viruses” in reality these numbers are exceptional. On par with the industry leading products.

Tests from AV-Test.org: Placed Panda Cloud against half a million virus samples. Panda came out on top scoring an impressive 99.4 percent overall detection rate.

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My own personal tests will place Panda Cloud  up against 18 different test files that will try to: Create auto-start entries, and modify IE security settings. I will also test Panda Cloud’s reaction to downloading two different versions of the Eicar Test File. One .com and the other a zip.

In my tests I had Panda scan the folder containing these files, it quickly detected and neutralized all 18 files. The Eicar Test File .exe was downloaded to the computer but almost immediately neutralized. The same for the zip file.

The only downside I will give this program is the lack of multi-protection, such as web scanning, HIPS, self-protection (meaning that the program can be shut down by malware).

To wrap it up, I will give this product my first rating. 7/10 – Great for the light browser (low risk), but still much to improve.

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1 Comment for this entry

  • PinkSodaPop

    I had heard good things about it and began recommending this product about 2 weeks ago…

    I’m glad it’s looking sound and awesome.

    Thanks for the feedback about the product.

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