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Panda Cloud Antivirus Free Edition

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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 stars

    out of 525 votes

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

    3.8 stars

    out of 32 votes

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

    "The product is excellent, it was proven to be good"

    October 12, 2010  |   By saniabdul

    Version: Panda Cloud Antivirus Free Edition 1.1.2

    Pros

    it tells you if there is a problem and before you know it, problem solved

    Cons

    nothing so far

    Summary

    I like the way it alert you on dangers and solve the problem in a twinkle of an eye

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  • 2.0 stars

    "slows my machine down a lot may have let something in"

    October 6, 2010  |   By jhozae

    Version: Panda Cloud Antivirus Free Edition 1.1.2

    Pros

    simple to install & understand

    Cons

    very slow & slows down my machine. The last couple of hours my machine is slow and balky. I'm uninstalling & going back to Avast.

    Summary

    Don't really trust it.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "great anti virus do not know its there but its working"

    October 3, 2010  |   By aboomcmut

    Version: Panda Cloud Antivirus Free Edition 1.1.2

    Pros

    i like the cloud concept i have a old computer using windows xp with only 258 megs of memory and it does not slow it down like other sig type antiviruses do.even when running a scan uses very little resources

    Cons

    there is nothing i do not dislike about this product

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Requires constant reinstallation. No tech support."

    September 21, 2010  |   By ootf11

    Version: Panda Cloud Antivirus Free Edition 1.1.2

    Pros

    Easy download and install.

    Cons

    Panda control interface disappears. Icons in start menu do not work. Icon in task bar disappears. No tech support available. Multiple instances of exe show up in task manager in Windows 7.

    Summary

    I thought this was going to be a good product and for a time it was, then it seemed to disappear. The first time I noticed it had disappeared I picked up a virus and had to take the machine to the shop. A $100 later I did a fresh install and it appeared to be working fine, however the next time I started my machine there was no Panda icon on the task bar and the one in the start menu did not function. No control interface. Windows 7 task manager indicated multiple instances of the .exe running at the same time. I did an uninstall, removed it from the registry, new download, reinstalled, same problem. I attempted several different times to contact tech support or customer service. No luck. I wanted to like this product, as I had read great things about it. For me it did not work. By the way, I went so far as to spend the money to upgrade to the Pro version, thinking it would give me some extra bells and whistles and for sure get me some tech support. Ha ha, joke was on me. Biggest laugh was when the program interfaces disappeared I went to the Panda site and before I could sign in I had to enter the product code. Unfortunately the product code is only accessible through the help icon in the Panda menu, and of course if it doesn't work you can't get the number so you can't get support. I finally blew it all away and bought AVG. Based on my experiences I would not recommend Cloud in either variety..

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Cute Icon... Ferocious protection."

    September 15, 2010  |   By The_Light_Bringer

    Version: Panda Cloud Antivirus Free Edition 1.1.2

    Pros

    It requires no configuration [A major annoyance for me, but the average user would like it.] It's extremely light on resources. Excellent proactive detection of Malware which it dubs as [Suspicious Files].

    Cons

    If you're using it to clean up a computer that's already infected... then just reformat your PC and then reinstall panda. It won't clean it up.

    Summary

    This is the product to have if you have a strong internet connection, and want powerful protection and great performance at the same time. Just don't rely on it to fix your computer... Free products like Microsoft Security Essentials, and avast! Antivirus can do a much better job of cleaning up an existing infection.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Just caused too many conflicts"

    September 14, 2010  |   By WebWeaver64

    Version: Panda Cloud Antivirus Free Edition 1.1.2

    Pros

    Did it's job without much hassle

    Cons

    I have been using Panda Cloud for almost a year now, I have just uninstalled it. I just had too many conflicts with other programs. Any time something was stalled if I closed Panda Cloud the program unstalled.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Don't bother."

    September 11, 2010  |   By JustRosy

    Version: Panda Cloud Antivirus Free Edition 1.1.2

    Pros

    Can't think of any.

    Cons

    No temporary deactivation options, hogs PC resources, annoying popups, no real control over it, requires PC restart, can't delete it's .tmp/.bak/etc files while it's installed, "neutralizes" unnamed viruses by putting them into your RECYCLE BIN!

    Summary

    Save yourself while you can.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "1.1.2 is a nagware"

    September 10, 2010  |   By sh1r4ur0

    Version: Panda Cloud Antivirus Free Edition 1.1.2

    Pros

    1.1.2 boast better detection, and still light on resources.

    Cons

    Nagware. That's all about it.

    Summary

    Good, fast, and efficient software, but the nagware turns me off, but overall the most superior cloud anti virus on the market. Also never trust that it will catch all virus, so run with a powerhouse antivirus to maximize protection.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Smooth As Ice ..."

    September 9, 2010  |   By Geek2011

    Version: Panda Cloud Antivirus Free Edition 1.1.2

    Pros

    So far Panda has not interfered with the normal functions of my computer / Internet access + YouTube video playback. I had to uninstall Avast because it cut off my Google Chrome browser access and YouTube playback .. Panada is a smooth operator ...

    Cons

    Panda is so smooth is scares me! Is it there? Is it working? I hardly notice its presence! Really, this is perfect. This is what I want from an antivirus. I don't want it clogging up my Internet access or slowing me down online. So far so good ...

    Summary

    I don't know yet if Panda is a heavyweight Antivirus? I have cleared my computer of three Trojans that AVG allowed through on my new computer (MSI Wind/Windows7). I like the non-presence of Panda. It is so smooth that I don't notice it. So far there is no functional interference or slowdown of my Online experience. I find that really neat. I guess it is a cloud antivirus plus function. It does not bother me that I may have to use other malware software to remove viruses from my computer as suggested by reviews on CNet. If that is what I have to do then I am okay with that, because I prefer unrestricted, unobstructed Online Surfing that Panda seems to support. As yet, my computer appears not to be infected by malware - here's hoping it continues like this!!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "OMG !! This Is Simply Brilliant !!"

    August 29, 2010  |   By BUG_619

    Version: Panda Cloud Antivirus Free Edition 1.1.2

    Pros

    This is actually Better than AVG !!! Yep when I used it for the first time it detected two Worms in the systems which the AVG was unable to deal with so far. Most importantly it works really fast and use only a little system capacity.

    Cons

    However scans are taking long time to complete.

    Summary

    When it comes to the free anti-virus software , Panda Cloud is a much reliable product. It work faster while obtaining a minimum computer resources. Its interface is very simple but provides all the basic details as well. This works with other anti-virus software as well therefore you may not need to uninstall your old anti-virus guard thus you can try them both in your PC. The threat detection is awsm !!!
    However it lacks some features such as E-mail scanning, Anti-Phishing and ID Threat Removal ..etc which are common in other free virus software. Therefore it is better to use another Spy-ware Removal Tool along with this product.

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