Panda Cloud Cleaner - Free download and software reviews - CNET Download.com

Panda Cloud Cleaner

CNET Editors' review

Panda Cloud Cleaner would make an adorable title for a children's book, but it's based on the Collective Intelligence of the cloud, so it's more like sci-fi. Actually, it's a free anti-malware utility with cloud-sourced updates and definitions, which means timely detection and prevention of threats. We're big on anti when it comes to viruses and other malware, so Cloud Cleaner's claim to detect malware that other tools miss caught our attention. You'll need an active Internet connection, and not just for updates: Panda Cloud Cleaner sends your scan data to the cloud for analysis. It's anonymous and helps contain malware before it can spread, but you should be aware in case that's a concern.

We clicked Accept and Scan to finish installing Panda Cloud Cleaner. Unlike other similar programs that start a scan as soon as you open it, Panda's scan starts only when you tell it to. Cloud Cleaner's Advanced Tools let us Kill All Processes (drastic!) and Unlock Files (as well as send files to Panda) but there's no exclusion list or similar options: Everything is in the hands of online experts, supposedly. Cloud Cleaner took about as long to scan our PC as our regular anti-malware tools, and the process is similar up to the point that Cloud Cleaner transmits your scan data to the cloud for checking against the latest definitions. The process didn't take long, but a slow or unreliable Internet connection could be an issue. We could review the program's findings and select items before cleaning. We selected everything but our gaming mouse's profiles for cleaning. We weren't displeased that Cloud Cleaner requires a system reboot to finish the job, but we declined Panda's request to call a toll-free number to "complete the removal process." We don't mind the cloud-based analysis (much) but a phone call is a bit too intrusive for our tastes.

Before we rebooted, we ran some similar tools, which returned similar results; not identical. If Panda Cloud Cleaner's intimate Web integration and "call me!" hook don't bother you, it can serve as part of a comprehensive anti-malware front.

Publisher's Description

More Products to Consider

  • AVG AntiVirus Free ...
    Protect your computer from viruses and malicious programs.
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Malwarebytes Anti-M...
    Detect and quickly remove malicious threats to your computer.
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Ad-Aware Free Antiv...
    Protect your personal computer against virus and spyware attack...
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Avast Free Antiviru...
    Protect your PC against the latest viruses and spyware.
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • IObit Malware Fight...
    Scan and remove the deepest malware that your antivirus/antispy...
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • SuperAntiSpyware Fr...
    Detect and remove spyware, malware, rootkits, trojans, hijacker...
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Spybot - Search & D...
    Search your hard disk and Registry for threats to your security...
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Avira Free Antiviru...
    Detect and eliminate viruses, get free protection for home user...
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Panda Cloud Antivir...
    Protect your PC against viruses, spyware, rootkits, and trojans...
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • AVG AntiVirus 2014
    Download and exchange files safely, enjoy games and Web surfing...
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Comodo Internet Sec...
    Protect PC from viruses, Trojans, worms, buffer overflows, zero...
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Hotspot Shield
    Provide secure, anonymous, and private browsing on Wi-Fi hotspo...
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • RoboForm
    Login everywhere automatically, so you'll never need to remembe...
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Remove PowerPoint P...
    Modify locked Microsoft PowerPoint 2007/2010/2013 presentations...
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • KPassC
    Store your credentials securely via sophisticated encryption.
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Deskman
    Secure desktops and lock computers on the network.
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • AVG Secure Search
    Protect yourself from infected sites.
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Kaspersky Anti-Viru...
    Protect your PC against viruses, spyware, Trojans, worms, rootk...
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Comodo Firewall
    Guard your Windows PC from malware and Internet based attacks.
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • MaskMe for Firefox
    Create disposable email addresses, phone numbers, and credit ca...
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • AVG Secure Search
    Protect yourself from infected sites.
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • SentryPC
    Monitor, filter, and control all computer activities of your ch...
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Hotspot Shield Elit...
    Secure your connection to public Wi-Fi networks with premium VP...
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Folder Guard
    Protect folders, hide files, lock applications, and restrict ac...
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
All User Reviews

Results 1-1 of 1

  • 1.0 stars

    "Found an old shortcut, so I did a Panda Cloud Cleaning"

    October 29, 2013  |   By neil_2

    Version: Panda Cloud Cleaner 1.0.71

    Pros

    I guess I used Panda Cloud Cleaner once before. So I started it again and the first thing it does is update itself.

    Then I gave it the go ahead to scan the whole computer, and it got to 75% in about 10 minutes.

    Cons

    It looks like the last 25% is going to take close to an hour. That's very non-linear of the progress bar.

    Now that the professional CNET reviewer mentions it, I remember that it's true that the last step is to Phone Panda to "complete the cleaning process." There is no explanation about how much cleaning is accomplished without the phone call, or what amount of cleaning is neglected if you don't call. I mean, it's good-natured of them to make such facilities available to the world, but some better explanation is due.

    OK, it finished. It shows 3 sets of concerns: Malware & PUPs; Unknown Files and Suspicious Policies; and System Cleaning. Each has an arrow that would appear to lead to the more specific items, but each arrow leads to the same list, and the list is cryptic, and it's hard to know which was a PUP, etc. It lists my MoreJong game as malware (trj/Generic.pcc), but there's nothing on Google to suggest anyone else has a problem with it.

    Summary

    Continuing with the Cons:

    HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer Description, the Advanced subkey stores the settings of options on the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties dialog box, but Panda considers these subkeys to be "suspicious." I wonder if Windows would stop working if I let the Cloud Cleaner remover them.

    It wants to remove five .exe files in my programs folder; programs that I use every day, including Core Temp, HDTune, etc.

    And finally, it wants to erase the Temporary Internet Files. I can do that myself.

    Wow, surprisingly poor. This time, I'll be deleting Panda Cloud Cleaner instead of leaving it on my computer. The only question is how can I remember to never download it again for the rest of my life.

    I assume their regular anti-virus software is OK...

    Reply to this review

    Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

Add Your Review

Log in or create an account to post a review.
You are logged in as . Please submit your review for Panda Cloud Cleaner 1.0.85
Add Your Review

The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited.
Click here to review our site terms of use.

Submit your reply

Submit

The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited.
Click here to review our site terms of use.

cancel

E-mail this review

Submit cancel

Report offensive content

If you believe this comment is offensive or violates the CNET's Site Terms of Use, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the comment). Once reported, our staff will be notified and the comment will be reviewed.

Select type of offense:

Offensive: Sexually explicit or offensive language
Spam: Advertisements or commercial links
Disruptive posting: Flaming or offending other users
Illegal activities: Promote cracked software, or other illegal content
Submit cancel

Previous Versions:

Error

close

ERROR MESSAGE

If you think this is an error, please contact CNET TechTracker Support for further assistance.

Ok

Running Request

close

loading

Smart Install Software

close

CNET TechTracker will now automatically install software without requiring further action by you. (Note: This feature automatically accepts associated EULAs and third party applications on your behalf.)

You have selected the following software to Smart Install:

CNET TechTracker will attempt to install this software without interrupting you again. If an application requires manual installation, CNET TechTracker will download the installer and prompt you to take further action.

Proceed with Smart Install?

Confirm Standard Install Cancel

Submit a problem report for Panda Cloud Cleaner

close

Please describe the problem you have with this software. This information will be sent to our editors for review.

Problem:

The CNET Installer isn't working as expected

The download link does not work

The software has a newer version

The software contains malware

Other

Description:

Please select a feedback type.

Please enter a description.

Submit Problem Report

Problem Report submitted

close

Thank you for submitting a problem report! The Download team is committed to providing you with accurate software information.

OK

Installed

Smart Install
Panda Cloud Cleaner