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Panda Cloud Antivirus Free Edition

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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 stars

    out of 525 votes

    • 5 star: 220
    • 4 star: 123
    • 3 star: 42
    • 2 star: 42
    • 1 star: 98
  • Current version:

    3.9 stars

    out of 31 votes

    • 5 star: 18
    • 4 star: 5
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 5
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  • 1.0 stars

    "This prooduct cannot be installed. Zero or lower rating"

    July 16, 2011  |   By watersnail

    Version: Panda Cloud Antivirus Free Edition 1.0.01

    Pros

    Tempting but unable to install

    Cons

    Installation failed miserably when the message "" ... behind proxy.."
    Should given give the whole package honestly. I think something is wrong. Don't try it otherwise you mess the whole OS.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "like it very easy to use"

    May 31, 2010  |   By critr

    Version: Panda Cloud Antivirus Free Edition 1.0.01

    Pros

    ease of use hardly notice it

    Cons

    lack of tools

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Doesn't affect PC performance...finally!"

    May 28, 2010  |   By dukeboy42

    Version: Panda Cloud Antivirus Free Edition 1.0.01

    Pros

    Does slow your PC, productive and quick scans

    Cons

    None so far

    Summary

    Exactly as it said....out of sight, out of mind. I was tired of AVG bogging down my PC. This really fixed it. I had the corporate version of Panda for many years at a past employers and was always impressed with it. So glad they now have a free home version. Well worth it.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Version: Panda Cloud Antivirus Free Edition 1.0.01"

    May 27, 2010  |   By BobHeron

    Version: Panda Cloud Antivirus Free Edition 1.0.01

    Pros

    Uninstalled Norton AV 2010 , installed Panda Cloud AV . 1st thing is my PC became faster 2nd thing is that on first quick scan with PCA it found 3 diler trogans , and with in a few minutes nutralized all 3 .

    Cons

    Nothing at the moment , as the new beta that is out, address's most every Con I have read in other users reviews .

    Summary

    I like it because it has almost instant responce to zero day threats also it light on memory and is constantly being developed by Panda .. Another good thing is that Panda employee's are always on the support forums , and propltly answer any questions and adress any problems with real answers ( un like the BS one gets from other big antivirus companys ) . ( toaster operators , will not understand cloud theory unless they spend a few minutes reading on Pandas website . Also Panda provides a stsnd alone uninstall tool , The lastest version out has a built in uninstall tool .

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Bugs have 99 percent worked out!"

    May 25, 2010  |   By denigma78

    Version: Panda Cloud Antivirus Free Edition 1.0.01

    Pros

    Premier av program w/ low cpu usage. and pc mag's editor's choice award winner for best free av program

    Cons

    70 mb download pretty big considering a cloud app

    Summary

    The next wave in protecting your computer for free.

    Updated on May 31, 2010

    Wanted to update you all to tell you that this is the best version yet. I threw a "dialer" at it yesterday and it neutralized it and stopped it. That's pretty good considering that a dialer attempts to alter or stop your internet connection. Especially considering Panda Cloud has to have an internet connection to be fully effective. The fact that it stopped the dialer b4 the dialer had enough time to do damage or alter the internet connection is a testament to this av's strenght.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "I love this little program"

    May 24, 2010  |   By dmkeo

    Version: Panda Cloud Antivirus Free Edition 1.0.01

    Pros

    i have it about a week. So light weight and easy. I have Win xp with an older Athlon machine. This thing is so cool. It uses a new technology, "in the clouds". Go with it!

    My Norton expired. So happy I found Panda Cloud!

    Cons

    None at alll

    Summary

    Easy. Light weight. The lowest cpu usage, you don't even know it is on.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Locked Up My Computer"

    May 23, 2010  |   By googxmsr

    Version: Panda Cloud Antivirus Free Edition 1.0.01

    Pros

    Installed quick but did not protect my puter.

    Cons

    Does Not Work. I know a porn site that is flooded with virus and this did nothing to stop it. Quick Scan does not work at all, except if like your computer to get locked up.

    Summary

    What a mess.... stick with threatfire at least that one works.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "REMOVE FROM DOWNLOAD.COM"

    May 19, 2010  |   By kicker_2980

    Version: Panda Cloud Antivirus Free Edition 1.0.01

    Pros

    None at all. Panda is one of the worst AVs out there.

    Cons

    Everything Panda

    Summary

    Try it for a few weeks, then run Malwarebytes and AVG free. You will find that Panda is just as bad as Windows live one care, norton, mcafee and pretty much anything else. Im a tech with Computer Troubleshooters. I see what a mess these AVs can make on machines, not to mention slowing them down to a crawl. (and for vista users, dont use windows vista, its terrible. get to windows xp or 7)

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  • 1.0 stars

    "DO NOT DOWNLOAD!!"

    May 19, 2010  |   By timwward

    Version: Panda Cloud Antivirus Free Edition 1.0.01

    Pros

    There are no pros.

    Cons

    does not seem to work in Vista. Worse- cannot uninstall. When I try repeatedly to install I receive and error message in Spanish.

    Summary

    An Antivrus program that behaves like a virus so insidiously that it is impossible to unistall.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "doesn't slow down my older computer as much as McAfee"

    May 18, 2010  |   By blynch87

    Version: Panda Cloud Antivirus Free Edition 1.0.01

    Pros

    Runs relatively lightly on my old laptop and netbook

    Cons

    Doesn't run scans automatically

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