Panda Cloud Antivirus is another Antivirus software that is light, secure, easy, and 100% free. When installed, it quietly sits in the system tray protecting you staying away from the bad malware and spyware with real-time protection. It runs on all popular Windows platforms, from XP and all the way to Windows 8, both 32-bit and 64-bit are supported.
It uses the word “cloud” because not like the tradition ones that heavily rely on the local copy of the virus definition data, it is based on Collective Intelligence, a system that continuously collects and analyzes viruses and other threats gathered from the community of millions of Panda users around the world.
Installation is fairly easy and straightforward, but there are 3 options I’d like to point out and uncheck during the installation, such as adding unnecessary toolbar, setting Yahoo as the default search provide, as well as set MyStart as default home page. All 3 should be unchecked before proceeding to install.
Process Monitor, disabled by default, should be enabled right after the program was installed. It scans all processes currently running in your system to make sure they are low to no risk to your computer. You can block any that look suspicious or show in high risk.
It also comes with a handy USB protection as well. Once enabled, it automatically vaccinate every USB drive inserted into the computer.
The Free version comes with
- real-time antivirus and antispyware
- behavioral analysis protection
- process monitor
- URL & web filtering
while Pro edition, costs $29.99US, adds a few more protections, such as Firewall, WiFi protection, and VIP support.
There are no shortage of good free Antivirus software out there. Panda Cloud Antivirus could be one more adding to that collection. It’s also one of very few that offers cloud feature that doesn’t require definition file update.