The first ever cloud computing based anti virus solution

The first ever cloud computing based anti virus was launched today by Panda Antivirus. The product is called Panda Cloud Antivirus and its backend is based on Panda Antivirus datacenters with a very light frontend client on your machine, this makes its performance incredibly faster than desktop antivirus applications. The application is able to block and deal with threats like Conficker, as soon as they are discovered on the net. Being based on cloud computing, this product is very different from traditional antivirus software such as Norton or MacAfee, as most of the horse power in scanning comes from Panda's servers (somewhere in the cloud).

Hackers can no longer take advantage of the fact that most people seldom update their anti virus definitions once a day, leaving them vulnerable. With cloud antivirus, you are always up to date; there are no configurations or settings to manage. Another advantage is that the application keeps track of anything that looks remotely suspicious and gathers intelligence from all hosts about patterns and trends.

We gave the beta Panda Cloud Antivirus a spin, here is a step by step article on how to use and install Panda Cloud Antivirus on a Windows XP machine.

- Before starting Uninstall any currently installed anti virus program

- Download from

- Provide your email address to get install keys for free

Start install and accept all defaults


Choose default install location and enable automatic management of possible viruses, click accept and install


Click on Finish


The Panda Antivirus icon would now appear on your system tray next to your clock


Right click the system tray icon to access the Panda Antivirus menu and choose Panda Cloud Antivirus


Under options, you can see the current status


Go to the Scan tab and choose to scan the computer


The scan is in progress


Reports tab shows settings and if any viruses were found and neutralized


You can also go to the settings tab and select or deselect "Automatic management of possible viruses"


You can also choose to scan individual files and folders from Windows Explorer's right click context menu