Panda introduces cloud-based free antivirus

Security has always been a great concern for windows users with so many threats emerging every day. Panda Security, publishers of Panda Internet Security and Panda Antivirus, has come with a new security protection – the Panda Cloud Antivirus beta.

The Panda Cloud Antivirus beta uses the cloud computing technology, which they call as Collective Intelligence, to detect root kits, viruses, malware and heuristics. According to the publishers, the Panda Cloud Antivirus beta is able to identify any malware in real time.

They say that its security can identify new malware in just six minutes and claims that it handles more than 50,000 new samples every day. The Panda Cloud Antivirus acts by first classifying the threats into executables and non-executables. The executable ones are the ones that need immediate attention and the other ones that can be checked later even when the computer is idle.

The new program uses about 50 MB on the hard drive and about 17 MB of RAM. From the system resources point of view, the cloud computing makes sense but what about security when the comp is not connected to the Internet? Senior research adviser at Panda Security Pedro Bustamante says that the new system breaks down the traditional antivirus and when the computer is not connected to the Internet; a local cache of Collective Intelligence is maintained.

He said that the Panda Cloud Antivirus is meant for Windows XP and Windows Vista and will have a planned support system for Windows 7; all these are free.

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