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Panda Security launches free cloud-based antivirus service

December 14, 2012 • Security

Panda Security has launched a new version of its free cloud-based consumer antivirus service, Panda Cloud Antivirus – which recently earned an Advanced+ rating in the latest independent tests by AV Comparatives.org

Panda Security has launched a new version of its free cloud-based consumer antivirus service, Panda Cloud Antivirus (image: Panda)

Panda Cloud Antivirus  v2.1 incorporates new anti-exploit technologies in both its free and pro editions, and these detect and neutralise malware that exploits zero-day vulnerabilities in legitimate applications like Office, Adobe or Java as an infection vector.

“PandaLabs, Panda Security’s malware research laboratory, identifies an average of 73,000 new malware strains each day, and being able to neutralise these before they infect the PC is essential,” explains Jeremy Matthews, Panda Security’s Country Manager.

“Panda Cloud Antivirus optimises protection based on the real-time knowledge gathered from our global user community. At the same time, our behaviour-based scanning technologies protect against both known and unknown, or zero-day, threats.”

Panda Cloud Antivirus 2.1 provides real-time protection for Windows 8 applications, as well as numerous improvements to its interface, better performance and an even lighter footprint than before. As usual, many of these improvements are based on the feedback received from the active community of Panda Cloud Antivirus users though the Panda Cloud Antivirus Forum.

Since Cloud Antivirus’ initial release in 2009, millions of home users around the world have benefitted from its award-winning free antivirus protection and lightweight footprint. The latter is a major benefit of Collective Intelligence, Panda’s proprietary technology for automatically collecting and processing millions of malware samples in the cloud instead of locally on the user’s PC.

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