Panda Cloud Antivirus Free Edition

Panda Cloud Antivirus Free Edition

Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.6
out of 533 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
1.1.2
File Size:
1.31MB
Date Added:
July 21, 2010
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows NT/XP/7
Total Downloads:
4,063,682
Downloads Last Week:
22,934
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

When it originally debuted, Panda Cloud Antivirus was notable as a free security solution for two reasons: Panda traded on its reputation as a solid security suite vendor making its first foray into the realm of freeware, and the program attained its goal of freeing up system resources by putting much of the program's heavy lifting in the cloud. Now we can add a third reason to the list: it's now known as an effective alternative to the security powerhouses.

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. The modest level of tweaks and customizations have been hidden behind an obnoxious "flipping" screen that cheesily rotates when you need to access it, but they do provide choices in a clean UI that weren't available before.

Despite still lacking some of the deeper customization heft that other free antivirus solutions have, most glaringly a scheduler, the program is not necessarily a bad choice for a stripped-down antivirus. It has added a full on-demand scan, and it runs at around 15MB of RAM when idle and around 60MB when scanning. It's a great choice for resource-conscious Netbook users. Panda Cloud Antivirus makes a decent, reasonable security choice for anybody looking to effectively balance security and system performance.

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  • All Versions:

    3.6

    out of 533 votes

    • 5 star: 226
    • 4 star: 124
    • 3 star: 43
    • 2 star: 42
    • 1 star: 98
  • Current Version:

    3.8

    out of 32 votes

    • 5 star: 10
    • 4 star: 14
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 4
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  • 5 stars

    "La mejor opción gratuita"

    July 18, 2014   |   By cha.gar

    Version: Panda Cloud Antivirus Free Edition 3.0

    Pros

    Análisis rápidos. Muy buena detección de amenazas. No ralentiza el PC.

    Cons

    De momento ninguna.

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  • 5 stars

    "Free and it works."

    June 13, 2014   |   By creative_dude

    Version: Panda Cloud Antivirus Free Edition 3.0

    Pros

    Do not know enough to say much. It works. Its free. Will I upgrade ? To soon to tell. Does it constantly demand your attention about something, no. I had another anti virus program that I got for free. After a year, I paid for it. Only fair, if it actually works its worth paying for. After two years of paying for it, it turned into one of those constant commercials for this upgrade and that special service and this other thing we really think you should pay for. Even though I had time left on the subscription I got rid of it.

    Cons

    Have not seen any yet.

    Summary

    Its free, it works, that enough time to see if it worth it and if it is then buy it.

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  • 5 stars

    "Muy bueno, lo recomiendo"

    June 06, 2014   |   By julitamorena

    Version: Panda Cloud Antivirus Free Edition 3.0

    Pros

    Es muy ligero y rapido ya que esta en la nube.

    Cons

    Que hay que pagar por el pro

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  • 5 stars

    "Very Good."

    May 27, 2014   |   By hl2dapper

    Version: Panda Cloud Antivirus Free Edition 3.0

    Pros

    Efficiency.

    Cons

    None, ....

    Summary

    Very Good.

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  • 5 stars

    "No problems with this free protection."

    May 17, 2014   |   By lucid oldie

    Version: Panda Cloud Antivirus Free Edition 3.0

    Pros

    Its free and it doesn't nag you too often.

    Cons

    No firewall in the free edition, so I have to rely on the Window 7 firewall for protection. For me, it seems slower at doing a full scan than the older 2.3 version.

    Summary

    This provides better protection than some paid for products. Thumbs up from me.

    Updated on May 25, 2014

    Last week when starting my computer, I found it very slow to load the desktop. It took more than 5 minutes before I could access the Internet. Last night I uninstalled Panda 3.0 and I found that I accessed it in 20 seconds! So there appears to be a bug in Panda and if it is a normal condition, I have to cancel my recommendation of Panda 3.0.

    Updated on Jun 12, 2014

    Panda has fixed the bug that was affecting it's performance and I can now recommend it with full confidence in it's protection ability.

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  • 5 stars

    "let your computer breath......"

    May 11, 2014   |   By d1sailer

    Version: Panda Cloud Antivirus Free Edition 3.0

    Pros

    very low impact on your machine.
    very quick to notify of any shady operations.

    Cons

    have to pay for all the bells and whistles like the firewall.

    Summary

    use windows firewall and all is well

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