Features and Performance
The vendor of Panda Cloud Antivirus claims that “the Panda servers have a database of millions of viruses allowing Panda Cloud Antivirus to detect the multitude of threats that appear every day " and that their software “can detect viruses, Trojans, worms, spyware, dialers, hacking tools, jokes and security risks ". Thus, it comes as no surprise that the Panda Security CEO Juan Santana in a recent article in USA TODAY referred to Panda Cloud Antivirus as “silver bullet that will slay computer viruses like Conficker and Koobface before they take root on your PC ."
Fact is that the full system scan on the test system with 110 GB programs and data took about an hour to complete on a powerful Windows Vista-based computer, and there are no options to configure the speed of the scan whatsoever. The scan result of Panda Cloud Antivirus summarized that the antivirus software detected and deleted a number of tracking cookies, has identified a number of program files including a Registry scanner as suspicious files, and that it deleted an executable indentified because of malware of some kind. However, Panda Cloud Antivirus was not able to delete the very same threat as a compressed RAR-archive! See the section What should I do with threats that are not neutralized? in Panda Cloud Antivirus’ online help for more information about this. In short, Panda's detection and removal capabilities appear to be somewhat lacking at this point in time.
The Panda Cloud Antivirus Recycle Bin lets you unblock suspicious files but Panda Cloud Antivirus automatic management apparently means almost hardly anything to configure in general. Particularly, how and when the product updates the basic local computer anti-virus software remain in the dark. On the positive side: Panda Cloud Antivirus, through event reports on the Report screen, opens a browser window to its online virus encyclopedia upon clicking details of a specific treat, and the anti-virus scan can be initiated from the context menu in Windows Explorer.