Panda Cloud Antivirus Free Edition

Panda Cloud Antivirus Free Edition

Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.6
out of 536 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
1.0
File Size:
1.27MB
Date Added:
November 10, 2009
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7
Total Downloads:
4,270,312
Downloads Last Week:
63,156
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

Panda Cloud Antivirus is notable as a free security solution for two reasons: Panda is a reputable security vendor making its first foray into the realm of freeware security, and the program's goal of freeing up system resources by putting much of the program's heavy lifting in the cloud is definitely attained.

When you open Cloud Antivirus, the main window lets you know whether you're safe or not with a big red or green icon. Cloud Antivirus works as other antivirus solutions do, offering a Quick Scan and a Custom scan for specific folder, files, and drives, but its ancillary features are exceptionally light. You can opt out of contributing anonymous data to the cloud, but that also opts you out of automatic threat management. There's a network connection proxy option should you need it, and a reporting feature that will show you what kind of threats have been detected and removed from your computer. You can filter the report by All, Last 24 hours, Last Week, or Last Month, and there's a Recycle Bin pane from which you can recover a false positive, should you need it. Unfortunately, the Recycle Bin is hidden behind an obnoxious "flipping" screen that cheesily rotates when you need to access it.

Despite lacking some of the customization heft that even other free antivirus solutions have, most glaringly a scheduler, the program is not necessarily a bad choice for a stripped-down antivirus. It runs at less than 10MB of RAM when idle, and around 60MB when scanning, which should appeal to resource-conscious Netbook users. Keeping in mind its limited feature set, and that we don't have efficacy numbers at the time of reviewing, Panda Cloud Antivirus makes a decent, reasonable security choice.

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  • All Versions:

    3.6

    out of 536 votes

    • 5 star: 227
    • 4 star: 124
    • 3 star: 43
    • 2 star: 44
    • 1 star: 98
  • Current Version:

    3.9

    out of 81 votes

    • 5 star: 38
    • 4 star: 20
    • 3 star: 8
    • 2 star: 3
    • 1 star: 12
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  • 5 stars

    "El más completo y rápido"

    September 12, 2014   |   By gemita56

    Version: Panda Free Antivirus 15.0.1

    Pros

    Es muy fácil de usar, rápido y ligero. Cuenta con muchas utilidades. Está en permanente actualización para proteger al máximo.

    Cons

    Quizá, los anuncios para mejorar tu versión pero es normal.

    Summary

    La mejor opción si buscas algo gratis y completo.

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  • 2 stars

    "Came with malware that couldn't be removed!!"

    September 06, 2014   |   By xixii

    Version: Panda Free Antivirus 15.0.1

    Pros

    Easy to install

    Cons

    Installed malware on my computer that couldn't be removed until I got rid of Panda.

    Summary

    I got a new windows 8 laptop a few months ago and was just using MSE until I installed an av. Read cnet's lastest 2014 comparison and they tied panda with avg for #1. I chose to install panda since I'd used avg previously and wanted to try something different. Had no issues with viruses or malware (already had malware bytes which never found anything in their scans) on my new laptop or previous one with avg installed. A few days after installing Panda av, I noticed these popups on Amazon, Target and other shopping websites with 'similar deals around the web' and links to external sites. I could not permanently remove these popups but stayed away from clicking them. I googled the issue and found it was called Superfish Window Shopper, which can give you a virus depending on where the links go. Sure enough I ran a malware bytes scan and now it found 2 issues related to Superfish. Did a quarantine and rebooted, but Superfish was still on the machine. Tried a couple more removal suggestions, but they didn't work. I then realized this started when I installed Panda, so I uninstalled and now it's gone. Sticking with what works, AVG.

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  • 2 stars

    "The interface is a deal breaker for me."

    August 27, 2014   |   By Son_of_Earth

    Version: Panda Free Antivirus 15.0.1

    Pros

    One of the best av's around.

    Cons

    The interface is a little ****.

    Summary

    Installed it, saw the interface and uninstalled it. What a little ****.

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  • 5 stars

    "Almost perfect !!!"

    August 20, 2014   |   By Batchoy2

    Version: Panda Free Antivirus 15.0.1

    Pros

    Almost complete, easy to use, light on resources and high detection rate.

    Cons

    Occasional pop-up ad for you to upgrade on the Pro version.

    Summary

    This is a highly recommended free AV after MSE.

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