Panda Cloud Antivirus Free Edition

Panda Cloud Antivirus Free Edition

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.6
out of 545 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.5
  • Total Downloads:
    5,323,949
  • Date Added:
    Jun. 21, 2011
  • Price:
    Free; paid upgrade available
  • File Size:
    1.56MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    63,291
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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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.

CNET Labs' benchmarks determined that Panda Cloud Antivirus Free 1.3 had a small but detectable impact on system performance. It slowed down boot time by just under eight seconds as compared to an unprotected system, while computer shutdown time was more than three seconds slower. However, Cloud Antivirus' virus scan time was a zippy 540 seconds on CNET's test computer, in the top five scan times from suites benchmarked this year. Cloud Antivirus' impact on Microsoft Office was disappointingly large, but impressively the program marked the least impact on the Cinebench test. Overall, the program could have had less of an impact on computer startup times, but does have a very fast scan and caused the least disruption to the Cinebench test.

Security Program Boot time Shutdown time Scan time MS Office performance iTunes decoding Media multitasking Cinebench
Unprotected system 42.5 11.28 n/a 917 180 780 4795
Panda Cloud Antivirus Free 1.3 50.12 14.8 540 1044 199 832 4790

*All tests measures in seconds, except for Cinebench. On the Cinebench test, the higher number is better.

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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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    3.6

    out of 42 votes

    • 5 star 20
    • 4 star 6
    • 3 star 4
    • 2 star 4
    • 1 star 8
  • All Versions

    3.6

    out of 545 votes

    • 5 star 235
    • 4 star 124
    • 3 star 43
    • 2 star 44
    • 1 star 99
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2 stars

"Problematic"

March 11, 2012  |  By UserU

 |  Version: Panda Cloud Antivirus Free Edition 1.5

Pros

Its lightweight and doesn't intrude too much by those pop ups or advertisements.

Cons

The real problems that gets me every time:
1) The product tends to de-activate itself after using it for a month. As strange as it seems, I couldn't find a solution except to re-install it.

2) Security toolbar is installed despite the user's wishes(which is mostly no). After un-installation, I have to use a registry cleaner just to trace every fragments of it and remove each time

Summary

This may not happen to everyone, but its annoying enough to those affected. On a side note, I don't know why I'm not even allowed to access Panda support page. It keeps bringing me to the homepage every time. Very annoying.

I would therefore recommend other better AV solutions instead of this.

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1 stars

"Got infected!"

February 26, 2012  |  By davidafranklin

 |  Version: Panda Cloud Antivirus Free Edition 1.5

Pros

Lightweight and quick

Cons

Did not detect a virus I had unzipped. It infected my system. Fyi Malwarebytes did not detect either.

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3 stars

"Mediocre features and configurabilty"

January 18, 2012  |  By bcmktg

 |  Version: Panda Cloud Antivirus Free Edition 1.5

Pros

Lightweight system resource impact.

Cons

Very few options for customized scans and scheduling, even for a free antivirus application. Leaves you wondering how effective it actually would be in preventing a virus from getting on your machine in the first place.

Summary

Very underwhelming overall.

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5 stars

"the best antivirus out there!"

January 18, 2012  |  By mahairman

 |  Version: Panda Cloud Antivirus Free Edition 1.5

Pros

Very light, doesn't need constant updates. Finds all new viruses and malware thanks to cloud

Cons

Can't think of any.

Summary

A must have antivirus!

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5 stars

"It works OK"

January 06, 2012  |  By tdozzyx

 |  Version: Panda Cloud Antivirus Free Edition 1.5

Pros

Seems to run in the background quietly enough.
Nothing has gotten past it or I assume I wouldn't be able to write this review.

Cons

So far, none.

Summary

It's all right

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5 stars

"good free AV"

December 19, 2011  |  By dsnbd31

 |  Version: Panda Cloud Antivirus Free Edition 1.5

Pros

feather light
good performance
freeware
new real time scan technique

Cons

requires all time internet connectivity for better performance and security against threats

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1 stars

"Panda is worse than bad it is dangerous - stay away"

December 19, 2011  |  By tangenef

 |  Version: Panda Cloud Antivirus Free Edition 1.5

Pros

None - it is a disgrace

Cons

The product is unstable - needs constant re-installment. It is a virus itself - the worst virus I have ever experienced
The most disgraceful aspect is after uninstalling the program is leaves traces that stop you accessing the internet. The computer repair shop who sold me this louse program said they could not undo the damage Panda had done to my machine. I had to have the hard disc re-formatted

Summary

The company should be sued.
STAY AWAY from this Spanish plague

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2 stars

"Much have paid for the high review"

November 13, 2011  |  By vgames

 |  Version: Panda Cloud Antivirus Free Edition 1.5

Pros

low system impact
short scans
nice GUI

Cons

about everything else.
It does not detect new viruses well, I watched a video on how well it detected new virues and a guy installed 10 different viruses on a Virtual Machine. then he scanned after installing each, and Panda only found 4/10 of them.

thats really bad since 8/10 would be a good raito.

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4 stars

"Non Invasive AV"

November 07, 2011  |  By bcjimbo

 |  Version: Panda Cloud Antivirus Free Edition 1.5

Pros

Runs quietly in Background

Cons

none found

Summary

Good AV program to use in conjunction with a firewall I also run AdvancedSystemCare4Free once a week and Computer runs fine. Thanks CNET

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5 stars

"Very Good."

November 06, 2011  |  By hl2dapper

 |  Version: Panda Cloud Antivirus Free Edition 1.5

Pros

Efficiency

Cons

None. ....

Summary

Very Good.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.5
Version 1.5 improves scanning speeds, reduces CPU consumption, and fixes many bugs. It also has a new graphical installer and the ability to close the banner.
General
Publisher Panda Security
Publisher web site http://www.pandasecurity.com
Release Date June 21, 2011
Date Added June 21, 2011
Version 1.5
Category
Category Security Software
Subcategory Antivirus Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP 32-bit, Windows Vista 64-bit, Windows 7 64-bit, Windows Vista 32-bit, Windows 7 32-bit, Windows
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 1.56MB
File Name PANDAFREEAV.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 5,323,949
Downloads Last Week 63,291
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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