Panda Cloud Antivirus Free Edition

Panda Cloud Antivirus Free Edition

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.6
out of 537 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.5
  • Total Downloads:
    4,610,955
  • Date Added:
    June 21, 2011
  • File Size:
    1.27MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    72,861
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 7 32-bit/64-bit, Windows Vista 32-bit/64-bit

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

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    out of 537 votes

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    • 4 star 124
    • 3 star 43
    • 2 star 44
    • 1 star 98
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  • 5 stars

    "Para mi ordenador personal es perfecto"

    October 17, 2014

    Version: Panda Free Antivirus 15.0.1

    Pros

    Me protege de cualquier páginas que visito, algunas dudosas y me siento tranquila.
    Es muy intuitivo, entiendo el manejo sin meter la para dándole a lo que no debo...
    Ligero!

    Cons

    Sus actualizaciones y noticias sobre producto

    Summary

    Para un usuario que tenga un uso normal del ordenador, a nivel persona, queda cubierto y puede controlar el programa sin tener un master en el tema.

    Updated on Oct 17, 2014

    Si haces un uso personal de tu ordenador, te lo recomiendo porque vas a estar cubierto. Para manejarlo no hace ser un master del tema, lo cual facilita tener el control de las cosas ;)

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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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    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 Vista 32-bit, Windows 7 64-bit, Windows XP 32-bit, Windows 7 32-bit, Windows, Windows Vista 64-bit
    Additional Requirements None
    Download Information
    File Size 1.27MB
    File Name PANDAFREEAV.exe
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 4,610,955
    Downloads Last Week 72,861
    Pricing
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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