New Panda Cloud Antivirus 2.9 BETA is here!

February 17th, 2014 10 comments

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Hi Panda Community! The New beta version of Panda Cloud Antivirus is here!

We are really excited with this new BETA (version 2.9). We have made some really important changes to the product, and Beta versions are the best way to collect feedback and receive your suggestions so that we can develop the Panda Cloud Antivirus that best satisfies your needs.

Discover all the improvements and new features that the rest of the world will enjoy only when we officially release the new Panda Cloud Antivirus 3.0:

  • Entirely new look & feel. More modern, more intuitive. Easier than ever. Customize it to suit your needs. Play with it, add/remove modules…  And let us know your opinion!
  • New Wi-Fi Monitor. Find out if someone is stealing your Wi-Fi. The new Panda Cloud Antivirus 2.9 Beta incorporates a Wi-Fi monitor that shows a list of all devices that are currently connected to your network, helping you discover if there is an intruder on your Wi-Fi network.
  • Lighter and more secure than ever. As you know, this is our obsession: to improve protection capabilities and product performance with every new version. This Beta version is not an exception. We are aware that we need to continue evolving Panda Cloud Antivirus to confirm the exceptional results obtained in the latest comparative tests and, most importantly, to keep your trust.

Additionally, the Beta includes some of the improvements requested by the Panda Community, like the ability to shut down the PC after the scan is over and some others (discover them!).

Read more about this Beta, download and install it, give us your feedback and report your problems and suggestions in the Beta Zone.

And remember, as a Panda Community member you can influence the way Panda Cloud Antivirus evolves and protects more than 30 million users all over the world.

BIG THANKS to those helping us improve Panda Cloud Antivirus!

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New Panda Cloud Antivirus 2.3. 100% protection.

October 29th, 2013 25 comments

We are happy to announce the availability of Panda Cloud Antivirus version 2.3!

If you are reading this post after seeing a “Panda Cloud Antivirus has upgraded automatically!” message in your system tray, then you already have the latest version installed and running, and you don’t have to do anything else. If your version of Panda Cloud Antivirus hasn’t upgraded to version 2.3 yet, don’t worry: your copy of Panda Cloud Antivirus will upgrade itself automatically in a few days.

Version 2.3 is a maintenance upgrade from version 2.2. This new version includes important performance improvements (on-demand scans and permanent protection), adds some changes to better integrate with Windows 8.1, includes a new version of Panda Security Toolbar and fixes some bugs reported by the user community:

  • Fixed console crashes that could appear under certain conditions.
  • Fixed problems detected on some PCs during product upgrade.
  • Fixed some linguistic errors.

For a better user experience, Data Shield Protection now allows access to secure applications by default.

Additionally, this new version adds new capabilities to Panda Cloud Antivirus anti-exploit protection. We are extremely excited with this technology included from version 2.1. Thanks to it, to Collective Intelligence and to the other protection technologies included in the product, Panda Cloud Antivirus has managed to detect 100% of malware (working exploits and malicious URLs) in September’s AV-Comparatives Whole Product Dynamic Real-World Protection Test. This is the “most comprehensive and complex test available”, according to AV-Comparatives.

AVCSource: http://www.av-comparatives.org/dynamic-tests/

To celebrate the release of this new version, Panda Cloud Antivirus Pro Edition will be available at 50% off until November, 22. Get it here!

Remember that if you have any problems with Panda Cloud Antivirus, you can always ask for help in our Technical Support Forum.

Thank you for choosing us!

 

Panda Cloud Antivirus 2.2 and new Data Shield Protection

July 26th, 2013 1 comment

Hi all!

Many of you have asked us how important new Data Shield Protection is and why we have enabled it by default.

Well, most of times, a video says much more than a thousand words…

Enjoy it!

New Panda Cloud Antivirus 2.2: The Community Version

June 13th, 2013 34 comments

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We are happy to announce the availability of Panda Cloud Antivirus version 2.2 in Panda Cloud Antivirus website!

If you are reading this post after seeing a “Panda Cloud Antivirus has upgraded automatically!” message on your Desktop traybar, then you already have the latest version installed and running, and you don’t have to do anything else. If your version of Panda Cloud Antivirus hasn’t upgraded yet to version 2.1.1, don’t worry. As we are releasing the automatic, transparent upgrade little by little, your copy of Panda Cloud Antivirus will upgrade itself automatically in a few days.

This version is, more than ever, focused on our Community, as it includes the features that you are demanding through Panda Cloud Antivirus Community Portal, and a new area designed especially for our most advanced users!

Panda Cloud Antivirus 2.2 includes a new Community Labs Area. We will make available to our millions of community users many new features, FREE of charge while they are in experimental stage. Please, have a look and let us know all your suggestions. Just turn around the product console and start experiencing it!

New features included in this Community Labs Area in Panda Cloud Antivirus 2.2 version are:

  • Data Shield: This new Protection prevents malware from accessing your personal data. In case a new malware can surpass all protection layers and infiltrate into your PC, Data Shield will avoid any theft or encryption of the important thing: your personal data. We are so sure about the importance of this protection, that we are releasing it enabled by default.
  • Parental Control: Keep an eye on the web sites your kids are visiting and protect them from inappropriate content by blocking access to any of 59 different categories.  Have a quick view of your children’s activity in a dashboard filtered by date, website or category.
  • Rescue Boot. This new feature is extremely useful in case of emergency situations caused by malware infections. Once created you will be able to boot from a USB or from a rescue option in your PC and remove any virus that locks your system thanks to Panda Cloud Cleaner technology.

Additionally, this new version integrates two of the most demanded features by the Community:

  • Access Control. Access to Panda Cloud Antivirus settings can be protected by a password from unauthorized people.
  • Safe Mode: Users will be able to install Panda Cloud Antivirus 2.2 and scan their PC against malware threats in Safe Mode.

And, as we continuously do in every version, we have improved Panda Cloud Antivirus protection capabilities. This time, we have focused these improvements in our behavioral technologies, in our successful anti-exploit protection and in Panda Cloud Antivirus technologies against Potencially Unwanted Programs. Performance optimizations and bug fixes complete this version.

Remember that if you have any problems with Panda Cloud Antivirus, you can always ask for help at our Technical Support Forum.

Enjoy it and let us know your feedback!

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New Virus Bulletin Certification… Hat trick!

May 3rd, 2013 6 comments

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We are happy to announce that Panda Cloud Antivirus Free has been awarded VB100 certification after being tested alongside 40 other antivirus solutions (29 awarded) in Virus Bulletin’s December comparative review on Windows XP SP3.

This certification completes VB100 award hat trick this year: on Windows 7 (August), Windows 8 (December) and Windows XP (April). These awards demonstrate Panda Cloud Antivirus reliability in all Windows platforms.

Additionally, as in previous tests, performance benchmarking showed that Panda Cloud Antivirus Free was one of the least resource-intensive antivirus products available in CPU and memory consumption.

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We will do our best to continue improving our protection level and lightness in every release… Stay tuned for Panda Cloud Antivirus 2.2!! 

 

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Panda Cloud Antivirus Now Available from Windows Store

April 22nd, 2013 Comments off

 

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We are extremely happy to announce that Panda Cloud Antivirus is now available from Windows Store, Microsoft’s store accessible through Windows 8! This allows all Windows 8 users to benefit from the new version 2.1.1 of the free solution.

AV-Test results

Panda Cloud Antivirus, which boasts the Windows 8 Compatible logo, is one of the best-rated free alternatives for the Microsoft operating system, according to AV-Test.org.

Results from the latest comparative reviews by this prestigious laboratory rate Panda Cloud Antivirus Free Edition above other security products, including Windows Defender (Microsoft Security Essentials in previous versions of the OS), Microsoft’s free antivirus in Windows 8, both in terms of protection and performance.

Panda Cloud Antivirus scored 6 out of 6 in usability and returned great results in protection (4.5/6) and performance (4/6). Full review here:

www.av-test.org/en/tests/home-user/windows-8/janfeb-2013/

We want to celebrate that Panda Cloud Antivirus is now in Windows Store with a really big discount:

Panda Cloud Antiivirus PRO Edition is available with a 50 percent discount for all Panda Cloud Antivirus users. (Only until May 15!)

Enjoy it! Thanks a lot, Panda Community!!

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Panda Cloud Antivirus 2.1.1 and “Windows 8 Compatible” logo

February 19th, 2013 35 comments

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We are happy to announce the availability of Panda Cloud Antivirus version 2.1.1!

If you are reading this post after seeing a “Panda Cloud Antivirus has upgraded automatically!” message on your Desktop traybar, then you already have the latest version installed and running, and you don’t have to do anything else. If your version of Panda Cloud Antivirus hasn’t upgraded yet to version 2.1.1, don’t worry. As we are releasing the automatic, transparent upgrade little by little, your copy of Panda Cloud Antivirus will upgrade itself automatically in a few days.

Quality of this new version comes guaranteed by the “Windows 8 Compatible” logo. After passing the requirements for Windows 8 operating system compatibility, Panda Cloud Antivirus 2.1.1 earned the compatibility certification and the right to display this logo which recognizes the effort done by the team to offer our Community a certified security solution with the best protection and minimal resource consumption in all compatible platforms.

Version 2.1.1 is a maintenance upgrade from version 2.1. It includes improvements to the Panda Cloud Antivirus heuristic technologies and to new anti-exploit protection, and fixes some bugs reported by the user community. The bug fixes are the following:

  • Fixed problem with “blocking of files until results are returned from the cloud – time settings”.
  • Fixed problem under certain situations when GUI console was not opened.
  • Fixed some linguistic errors.
  • Fixed problem with promotional banner under certain situations after upgrading to Panda Cloud Antivirus PRO Edition.
  • Fixed information shown (remote IP address) in firewall popups.

Remember that if you have any problems with Panda Cloud Antivirus, you can always ask for help at our Technical Support Forum.

Java 0-Day vulnerability – A “New Year’s Gift”

January 21st, 2013 2 comments

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These days, the most talked-about story in the security world is the discovery of a new Java vulnerability that could allow attackers to spread malware.

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On January 10, a researcher going by the name of @kafeine posted an article on his Twitter account explaining that several exploit kits such as BlackHole, Cool EK, Nuclear Pack and RedKit were taking advantage of a new vulnerability discovered in the latest Java version (Java 7 Update 10) to install the infamous “Police Virus” and other malware without users having to open any files. Simply visiting certain websites was enough to trigger the infection. The hackers called this new exploit a “New Year’s gift”.

The news spread like wildfire and was covered by a large number of publications, including PCMag and KrebsonSecurity, which advised users to disable Java to prevent exploitation. One day later, a Metasploit module was developed to target this flaw. Then, it was only a matter of time until the new exploit was incorporated into other popular exploit packs. This was further confirmed by our Collective Intelligence technologies, which detected a spike in attacks that took advantage of Java vulnerabilities.

The most important thing:   Does Panda Cloud Antivirus protect you against the latest Java vulnerability? (CVE-2013-0422)

Yes, it does. Not only are users of Panda Cloud Antivirus 2.1 protected against this vulnerability now, but they have been protected even before the flaw was discovered last week.

Let’s take a closer look.

Some technical information about the exploit: How does it exactly work? Warning – What follows may be extremely boring for non-geeks —

[Geek mode: ON] ;-)

This vulnerability has been extensively documented. In short, the exploit takes advantage of two security flaws: The first flaw stems from the fact that it is possible to obtain references to restricted classes.

The second one allows it to invoke class constructors by using the reflection API included in Java 1.7.

Without going into any more details, the most important thing is to note that the flaw stems from the Java Virtual Machine Security Manager.

On January 14, Oracle released a patch for this vulnerability in version 1.7.0_11. Surprisingly however, it also decided to increase the default security level for Java applets and Web start applications from Medium to High. With this setting, the user is always warned before any unsigned application is run to prevent silent exploitation. In other words, the ‘Java patient’ left the operating room with a big, ugly scar on his forehead for everyone to see…

Given the importance of the measure, it is surprising that the decision was made so quickly (in theory, between January 10 and 14, the dates when the vulnerability was first discovered and fixed respectively). It can then be concluded that what actually triggered the decision was something else besides the vulnerability.

It is yet to be seen how this change to the default Java settings will affect future attacks, although it seems that the use of Java vulnerabilities in exploit kits will decrease. Only time will tell. By the moment, less than 24 hours after Oracle released new version, there were already people selling an exploit for a different and apparently still-unpatched zero-day vulnerability in Java.

[Geek mode: OFF]

How come I was already protected by Panda Cloud Antivirus even before the vulnerability was first discovered?

The key to detect as-yet-unknown exploits is to use heuristic technologies with powerful detection capabilities and a near-zero false positive ratio. For this purpose, the new anti-exploit protection included in Panda Cloud Antivirus 2.1 analyzes how exploits behave instead of their morphology.

Panda Cloud Antivirus uses multiple sensors to send Collective Intelligence information about the behavior of suspicious files that try to exploit 0-day vulnerabilities to infect PCs in the Panda Community. This information allows us to constantly update the proactive technologies included in our product (via hot updates from the Cloud) to adapt to the ever-changing threat landscape.

Panda Cloud Antivirus detects and neutralizes this type of malware before it has been identified (and even created), protecting users against new malware variants.

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Virus Bulletin VB100 Certification on Windows 8

January 9th, 2013 5 comments

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We are happy to announce that Panda Cloud Antivirus Free has been awarded VB100 certification after being tested alongside 33 other antivirus solutions (22 awarded) in Virus Bulletin’s December comparative review on Windows 8. We are delighted to have obtained the VB100 certification twice in a year! This certification recognizes our efforts and success in offering lightweight solutions with the best disinfection rates for the new Windows 8 operating system as well.

Testing was made up of three main parts: on-demand tests, on-access tests, and false positive tests. Panda Cloud Antivirus Free obtained a 100% perfect result in the on-demand and on-access tests, as well as zero false positives.

The tests showed that Panda Cloud Antivirus Free was one of the fastest and least resource-intensive antivirus products available, clearly outperforming other free solutions from Avast, AVG or Microsoft in CPU and memory consumption. Virus Bulletin also praised the product’s interface and ease of use, as well as the benefits provided by a 100% cloud-based solution.

This award follows the VB100 certification received by Panda Cloud Antivirus Pro in September 2012, and the certifications awarded to Panda Cloud Antivirus Free by the independent labs AV-Test.org and AV-Comparatives in 2012.

We will do our best to continue improving our protection level and lightness in every release as we have done in version 2.1 with anti-exploit protection. Protection, Lightness and the Community (= you) are the key of Panda Cloud Antivirus success.

Thanks a lot for your confidence!

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Panda Cloud Antivirus 2.1 with anti-exploit protection

December 3rd, 2012 89 comments

We want to announce availability of the new Panda Cloud Antivirus 2.1, the first free cloud antivirus!

We are really excited with this version because it integrates a very important new feature in both FREE and PRO Editions: we have reinforced our behavioural protection with an anti-exploit technology, which detects and neutralizes malware that exploits zero-day vulnerabilities (Java, Adobe, MS Office..) like Blackhole or Redkit before it infects the PC.

With the continued growth of malware threats and variants, traditional signature-based protection is not enough. Thanks to the Collective Intelligence, we can analyze in our Labs the common behaviour of this kind of malware and adapt our technologies to detect new variants before they are known.

Additionally, we have included in this version real-time protection for Windows 8 Store apps, UI improvements and bug fixes. And, as we continuously do in every version, we have added performance improvements to maintain Panda Cloud Antivirus lightness and minor improvements suggested by all of you and by our strong Community at the Panda Cloud Antivirus Support Forum.

We are so excited with this new Panda Cloud Antivirus 2.1 that we are giving Panda Cloud Antivirus PRO Edition for half price during Christmas until January, 1!!

How to install Panda Cloud Antivirus 2.1

If you already have an existing version of Panda Cloud Antivirus you don’t need to do anything. The new Panda Cloud Antivirus 2.1 will automatically upgrade your existing version.

All existing Panda Cloud Antivirus 2.0 both in Free and Pro Editions will upgrade automatically and transparently to the new Panda Cloud Antivirus 2.1. This might take a few days as we are deploying the upgrade progressively.

If you don’t want to wait for the automatic and transparent upgrade you can head over to www.cloudantivirus.com right now and download the new 2.1 version and install it on top of your existing Panda Cloud Antivirus.

If you are reading this because you saw a “Panda Cloud Antivirus has automatically upgraded” message from your traybar, then you already have the latest 2.1 version.

Again our most sincere thanks to all the users worldwide who have helped us develop this great cloud antivirus. As always you can find us at the Support Forum in case you have any questions, problems or simply want to talk to us.