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pandacloud-000 Recently Panda Security released its new addition to the Panda software security family, Panda Cloud Antivirus Beta. Panda Security is a leading security applications developer that empowers you with the proper tools to fortify your computer.

This lightweight antivirus application caters to your system without having to take up half of your PC resources. Panda Cloud Antivirus is based on cloud computing, and is only partially installed on your computer and keeps core files on a dedicated server on the Internet.

The graphical user interface is very easy on the eyes and is actually one of the top interfaces I’ve found for free antivirus software’s.


Features and Reliability

One of the key features of this antivirus software is that you don’t have to manually update it. Complicated configurations and having to download new signature files is pretty much a thing of the past this Panda Cloud Antivirus. However, this doesn’t mean you remain unprotected when disconnected from the network: this antivirus app features a local cache that keeps the program up and running, continuously working at 100%.

When I ran a quick scan, the scan itself lagged a little at first, however it quickly picked up after 30% of the computer had been scanned. For the most part, the speed of Panda Cloud Antivirus is dependent on how much free memory you have, how many apps are installed, folders, and a variation of stored data. You should expect a regular scan to take an average of 40-70 minutes to complete.



Once the program has been installed, if you ever wish to open up the task manager to check on the effects of Panda Cloud on your system you’ll be able to find it listed in your task manager under PSANHost and PSUNMain. One thing that I can say is that during the scanning there were very few apps that were noticeably acting sluggish, even the Internet connection and PC speed where up to par.

This new program should take up around 50 MB on the hard drive and eats around 17 MB of RAM when in use.



All in all, besides lightness as its main attribute, Panda Cloud Antivirus is quite a simple antivirus tool that can’t be scheduled to run automatic scans. It would also be beneficial for this antivirus software to include effective filters for web, email, or support to detect any spyware. However, as a software that’s very much still in beta, it’s what you’d expect.

Panda Cloud Antivirus was designed fo Windows XP and Windows Vista, with Windows 7 support in the near future.

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  1. Dennis
    December 28, 2009 at 2:55 am

    I have been running PandaCloud for a couple of weeks. Every other day or so I click the cute Panda-icon. It then says the program has been HALTED?!?! This happens quite a lot... WTF?

  2. Dwarf
    November 10, 2009 at 12:16 am

    Hi guys, can anyone please tell if Avast is better than Panda or vice versa .. currently i am using Avast home edition.
    Is it a better option than Avast Home? Please do Reply asap.

  3. App
    October 13, 2009 at 9:32 am

    The Panda antivirus software is not ideal but it does the job for specific viruses and spyware. Users have mentioned that it failed to pick up on malware that other software picked up on. The software also often picks up files without software and wants to delete them. Do not allow the software to automatically do this. Make sure you look over the selected “viruses” before deleting any of them, or you could be deleting real data! The benefits of Panda include a really nice user interface and the way it is spread out between the Internet and your desktop, which allows the software to automatically upgrade when newer versions are released and take as little memory as possible on your hard drive.

  4. James G
    May 14, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    Isn't Microsoft releasing Onecare for free anyway? Not sure there's going to be much of a market for AV software in the near future..

  5. Jon E
    May 13, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    When will this program support Windows 7?

    • Joel Reyes
      May 13, 2009 at 10:32 pm

      When it comes out of testing and is a fully featured and offered OS.

      Thank you for your comment!

  6. Atraktos
    May 13, 2009 at 12:43 am

    It really seems mediocre at best, as you can easily read from the various comments here:

    When I tried to install it in order to test it, it asked me to remove NOD32 first and I had to decline and cancel the installation. In any case, when this product leaves the beta state, its effectiveness will be reduced for good.

  7. Joel Reyes
    May 12, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    Thank you for your insightful comment Dave. I'm sure it will be of help to other readers!

  8. Dave P
    May 12, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    As far as whether it will continue to be free, blog comments from Panda disagree with their FAQ. Their bloggers insist it will continue with the current features. This could make sense since a large group of individual users would provide more varied input to their "collective intelligence" which they can then sell to businesses.

    The load is minimal in the long run. That said, when first installed it does grab an inordinate amount of resources to perform its initial full scan. Once that is done things seem to settle down. I've been running about six hours today and its consumed a bit over a minute of CPU.

    So far it hasn't found anything on my PC except for one false positive. Then again, neither did Avast or Avira, which were the last two products I tried. The comprehensive tests I've read seem to put it in the middle of the pack but the theory behind a cloud AV should let it become more accurate over time.

    I'd recommend it.

  9. Fred
    May 12, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    As someone else mentioned, it's a very average AV and testing with this version shows that it misses a large amount of malware. I'd never depend on this to protect me.

  10. Ragar
    May 12, 2009 at 4:26 am

    initially, i thought panda cloud was a great idea - IS a great idea. i installed it and gave it a go, thinking I'd keep my other anti-virus installed but inactive.
    after the first reboot, though. i noticed that my system took really long to load and there were significant hiccups. the task manager revealed that my processor was at 100%, all 4 cores were working full time and my ram was full. the process behind it was one of the two panda cloud processes.

    needless to say i uninstalled it. i am very happy with avira ;)

    but the idea behind panda cloud is great! absolutely brilliant.

  11. willemijns
    May 12, 2009 at 3:49 am

    plz explain me what is the high benefit for "a cloud" antivirus service grin !

    a cloud is a storage concept not a software concept...

    whatever his QoS, this soft only wish to buzz on press releases not on other ways...

  12. Joel Reyes
    May 12, 2009 at 12:13 am

    Thank you all for your comments! I hope you will continue to share your valuable thoughts with the community!

  13. venkat
    May 12, 2009 at 12:09 am

    Can this Panda cloud works fro computers having no internet connectivity as well.

  14. William
    May 12, 2009 at 12:00 am

    All very well but does it actually find and deal with virii?

  15. Smyth
    May 11, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    This dosen't change the fact that this is one of the worst AV around. A quickscan that takes 30-40 mins is ultra-slow. Leading solutions (paid) and free solutions are much faster with the fastest of ~1-5mins

  16. Jim
    May 11, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    I've been using this for a couple of weeks now and I quite like it. I did disable letting it automatically deal with viruses after it deleted a couple of files due to false positives.

    I've been told after the beta period the cloud info won't still be free but I don't know how accurate that is.

  17. Jim Hubbard
    May 11, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    Remember that this is BETA. FREE will end when the BETA ends.

    This is actually a good idea for Panda because pirates can't steal the service.

    • Shon
      May 11, 2009 at 8:19 pm

      Actually not true in this case. Per the FAQs on the developer blog:
      Will Panda Cloud Antivirus continue being FREE after the beta is over?

      YES. Absolutely. 100%. Free.

      • Jim Hubbard
        May 12, 2009 at 12:59 am


        You are right. Panada will continue to offer it for free, just without the definitions.

        From "Once the Beta period has finished, the detection capacity of the antivirus will reduce considerably as it will no longer have access to our Collective Intelligence servers.

        From then on, you can get the free version and benefit from special conditions when you buy the full service."

        So, I guess if you want an AV solution without the most current definitions......

        Look, some things are worth paying for. A good antivirus solution (or 2) is one of them.

        • T
          June 28, 2009 at 12:16 pm

          What happens when the Beta phase is finished?

          Once the Beta phase is over, you can continue using the FREE version of Panda Cloud Antivirus. This version has the same detection power, as it will continue connecting to Collective Intelligence and working 100% at all times.