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Cloud Antivirus #1 in PC World Comparative

August 31st, 2009

I was recently pointed to a comparative study of free antivirus solutions done by PC World and performed by AV-Test.org, comparing Panda Cloud Antivirus, Avira, avast!, Microsoft Security Essentials, AVG, Comodo, PC Tools, and ClamAV.

Altough the editorial did not include Panda Cloud Antivirus in the ranking chart as it could not test the retrospective detection using 2 and 4 week old signatures (as Panda Cloud Antivirus works in the cloud and therefore cannot use 2 & 4 week old signatures), it had this to say about Panda Cloud Antivirus:


Among all of the free antivirus software we tested for our latest roundup, Panda Cloud Antivirus was the best app at blocking known malware.

The approach is intended to take advantage of the latest signatures without the need for signature-database updates–and if its excellent showing at detecting malware in AV-Test.org’s zoo of half a million samples is any indication, the approach works. Panda’s app produced an impressive 99.4 percent overall detection rate.

For now, we can’t give Panda’s app a complete score, but its impressive ability to detect malware makes it well worth keeping an eye on.

The final detection rate ranking of the full collection of malware, taking into consideration updated sigs and products, is the following:

  1. Panda: 99.4%
  2. Avira: 98.9%
  3. Avast: 98.2%
  4. MSE: 97.8%
  5. AVG: 95.8%
  6. Comodo: 74.6%

This is great news and motivates us even more to continue working hard to release a 1.0 version that offers top detection and protection for free :)

  1. Berserker
    September 24th, 2009 at 18:17 | #1

    Could Panda create a GPO file to control the background scan system and other stuff, it could very usefull if some companies wants to use this solution hehehe.

    Thanks in advance, keep the good work! i’m loving this App.

  2. September 25th, 2009 at 18:45 | #2

    Is it better than Kaspersky Interent Security & Bitdefender Total Security? Any of you guys have tried this one?

  3. September 26th, 2009 at 02:33 | #3

    @Tips & Tricks
    Bitdefender is at 98.9% according to PC world, Kapersky was 95.6. So yes, Cloud AV did better than those. In fact, it seems to have done better than any antivirus currently on the market, paid or free.

  4. September 28th, 2009 at 22:48 | #4

    “Expect the Beta3 to be released around September.”

    It will be October soon…

  5. September 28th, 2009 at 23:33 | #5

    @jsn Yes we are running a little behind on some functionalities. Expect the Beta3 to be released around October now :)

  6. October 6th, 2009 at 02:53 | #6

    Installed Panda Cloud today. Vista Home Basic 32 bit system. Tho’ts -
    1 . Does Panda have a firewall?
    2. Do I need any other security features?
    3. I have Telus , my ISP, security (not that good, per Techs) now – should I now uninstall it or is Panda compatible with it(without confict)??
    4. Or if Panda has no FIREWALL – disable all Telus except FIREWALL?
    5.. any other considerations??

  7. October 6th, 2009 at 17:53 | #7

    1 . Does Panda have a firewall?

    Nope, not yet.

    2. Do I need any other security features?

    Depends on your needs. I run it with Windows Firewall and it’s sufficient. However you might want to mix it with a backup, spam protection, sandbox, etc.

    3. I have Telus , my ISP, security (not that good, per Techs) now – should I now uninstall it or is Panda compatible with it(without confict)??

    I don’t know Telus, but if it’s an antivirus then yes, you’ll have to unisntall it first before installing Panda Cloud AV.

    4. Or if Panda has no FIREWALL – disable all Telus except FIREWALL?

    No that won’t be enough as the antivirus drivers will still be installed and loaded.

  8. October 9th, 2009 at 18:14 | #8

    http://www.cloudantivirus.com is down :(

    An error occurred while processing your request.
    Reference #97.5c249d4.1255104249.24a9202

  9. October 9th, 2009 at 18:49 | #9

    An error occurred while processing your request.
    Reference #97.1f843554.1255106185.22d2ed32

    Cloudantivirus seems to have disappeared. What’s happening? Is the Beta phase closed if so some notice would have been useful, or should I hang on a bit longer before going off to find other AV software?

  10. October 10th, 2009 at 07:15 | #10

    @Alex Molina
    It works for me.

  11. October 10th, 2009 at 21:20 | #11

    We had a planned outage to upgrade the firewalls and other backend components. Getting ready for the Beta3 release which also includes a new website :)

  12. October 10th, 2009 at 22:46 | #12

    Good news )

  13. bert-jan
    October 11th, 2009 at 17:34 | #13

    will beta3 detect and remove rootkits
    when is the beta3 release

  14. Barthez
    October 12th, 2009 at 02:21 | #14


    I’ve got couple of questions for you:

    1) Is there any place where we can upload malware samples (or files we find suspicious) ?

    2) Panda CAV flagged as suspicious two files in my PC almost two weeks ago. Those files suppose to be analyzed, but id doesn’t look like anything is happening two them. I’m curious what could be happening, since both of them are legit game exes (belonging to experience112 aka The Experiment and Warsow).

    3) Thinking of it: maybe it would be a good idea to provide a way to submit false positives by suers ? Either form website or from advanced menu (or even separate exe) ?

    4) Cloud Antivirus looks very promising! Keep up the good work! :)

  15. Wooffi
    October 12th, 2009 at 09:51 | #15

    Hi, filehippo.com has a Beta4 release of Panda Cloud on 9Oct09, yet neither the official download site nor this blog has any news about it. Why? Is the one provided in filehippo.com legit?

    For reference: http://www.filehippo.com/download_cloud_antivirus/

  16. October 12th, 2009 at 17:28 | #16

    @Barthez Please use the following mailboxes for submitting information:

    virus@pandasecurity.com < - for undetected samples infecting your PC
    virussamples@pandasecurity.com < - for undetected sample collections
    falsepositives@pandasecurity.com < - for false positive detections

    Please submit the two samples you are having problems with manually to the falsepositives@pandasecurity.com mailbox.

    @Wooffi The version Filehippo is showing in this page is 0.08.83, which corresponds to Beta2, not Beta4. They probably made a typo or error when publishing this page.

  17. sina
    October 20th, 2009 at 14:47 | #17

    jwgkvsq.vmx is a virus and this antivirus cant recognize and neutralize it.

  18. October 20th, 2009 at 19:00 | #18

    @sina Please send the file in a password-protected ZIP/RAR file to virus@pandasecurity.com. Alternatively you can post here the MD5 of the file as well.

  19. October 22nd, 2009 at 13:36 | #19

    I like this antivirus. More like what I had in mind but has some limitations to my needs. I wonder how I could contribute?

  20. Anthony
    October 22nd, 2009 at 23:41 | #20

    Why Panda Cloud doesn’t neutralize some files? While Panda Antivirus Pro recognizes and neutralizes those files.

  21. Lim
    October 23rd, 2009 at 18:37 | #21

    after install panda cloud anti-virus , the windows 7 action center show that the panda cloud is turn off. How do i want to solve this problem?

  22. sina
    October 24th, 2009 at 16:19 | #22

    @Pedro Bustamante
    unfortunately i delete that virus and i dont have it anymore. but in the below link, there is a lot of information about that virus. i remove that virus with the help of this web site.

  23. guest
    October 24th, 2009 at 20:43 | #23

    I run Panda Cloud Antivirus (it’s amazing :) on Windows 7 Professional. Windows Security Center shows that it’s active, but reports its state in an old format, which is no longer supported. I’m surprised because I’ve expected Beta 3 will fully support Windows 7.

    Feel free to correct my English and please reply :)

  24. October 24th, 2009 at 22:40 | #24

    @Anthony Can you send me details about these files you mention to pedro.bustamante@pandasecurity.com.

    @Lim & @guest this is a known issue which we’ve fixed already. Please check back here in a couple of days and download the final version of Beta3.

  25. Smoker
    October 25th, 2009 at 22:15 | #25

    I have noticed that my hard disk is making noise when idle. Panda Cloud Antivirus is doing something in the background all the time and I don’t like it. It is annoying. It is sitting in my system tray disabled almost all the time because of the noise it is making. Other than that it could be the best antivirus I ever had! Please make it stop raping my hard disk whenever it wants.

  26. October 25th, 2009 at 23:20 | #26

    @Smoker Please check back late tomorrow to download Beta3. All the issues with the BackgroundScan have been fixed in Beta3 :)

  27. Smoker
    October 26th, 2009 at 00:09 | #27

    @Pedro Bustamante
    Thanks! I can’t wait :)

  28. November 3rd, 2009 at 08:22 | #28

    Thanks for a verg good programme.It found a trojan which every other programme I had missed.Panda does not slow the speed either.A very good product indeed.

  29. Bob
    November 5th, 2009 at 09:37 | #29

    Does Panda Cloud Antivirus beta 3 have a web shield/ website scanner?

  30. November 5th, 2009 at 14:05 | #30

    @Bob Not yet Bob. We are focusing now on getting a really good file scanner AV finished and then we will add more bells and whistles to it.

  31. mike
    November 5th, 2009 at 21:13 | #31

    today the panda cloud beta is free when no longer beta will be paid?

  32. November 6th, 2009 at 00:32 | #32

    @mike It will continue to be free after beta.

  33. mike
    November 7th, 2009 at 18:44 | #33

    often not cloud the panda starts when the computer is turned on and need to reboot the pc, that even with Internet administrative operation normally.

  34. November 12th, 2009 at 21:25 | #34

    Wow! Congrats! I will recommend Panda Cloud Antivirus to my friends! Thanks for making it a free antivirus!

  35. November 13th, 2009 at 12:54 | #35

    @mike please post your problem at the tech support forums at http://www.cloudantivirus.com/forum

  36. prasa
    November 14th, 2009 at 08:31 | #36

    how does it get updated, is it manual or automatic?

  37. November 14th, 2009 at 16:16 | #37

    @prasa If you mean signature updates, it does not need to update. This is the first AV without an update button. If you mean upgrades (new engine versions) for now this is manual. After version 1.1 we will have automatic upgrades. Please vote for your most-wanted feature of Panda Cloud Antivirus next versions here:

  38. Toufiq KM
    November 16th, 2009 at 06:58 | #38

    To the Developers of Cloud Antivirus:
    Is this antivirus is also available for the Mac and Linux… like AVG and others? If not please consider the request of Linux and Mac users like us.. coz not everyone is at Windows.

  39. November 16th, 2009 at 16:50 | #39

    i downloaded some sample and used panda cloud AV to scan them ,but nothing happened,can pedro tell me why?MSE warn there are 9 malicious problems in my computer. i really hope that panda can improve the REAL TIME SCAN MONITOR

  40. ron
    November 22nd, 2009 at 08:48 | #40

    You can use cloud with threat fire from pc tools. Threat fire is light as well on sys resources. together you cannot get better protection

  41. ebrahim
    November 24th, 2009 at 19:02 | #41


  42. November 30th, 2009 at 12:31 | #42

    @hepin Please submit to us using the following email addresses:

    @ron Yes you can use Cloud Antivirus with other third-party tools such as behavioural analysis, firewalls, etc. Just don’t use it alongside any other AV.

  43. Jacky Chan 1998
    December 4th, 2009 at 07:12 | #43

    just got a hand on cloud antivirus. it managed to detect most of the infections “avast! home” failed to see. i’ve been having trouble with malwares, rootkits & spywares. so far, CAV has managed to remove almost all of these troublesome infections. i’m doing a thorough scan right now after finishing a quick scan & its still finding infections. i hope that CAV continue its amazing ability in riding us of these pest. keep up the good work. this has been a far better deal than most free AV out there. :-D

  44. Jacky Chan 1998
    December 4th, 2009 at 07:15 | #44

    by the way, what do you do if it finds infections it cannot neutralize??? i’ve gotten several already. thanks.

  45. December 8th, 2009 at 21:42 | #45

    @Jacky Chan 1998 These could be either rootkits of files within an archive compressed file. In the first case Panda Cloud Antivirus needs a reboot to get rid of the rootkit. In the second case, you can either uncompress the file or simply delete it altogether

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