Introducing Panda Cloud Antivirus: The Industry's First Free Cloud-Based Antivirus Thin-Client Protection

    -- Panda Cloud Antivirus introduces radically new protection model with
lightweight thin-client agent and real-time scanning-from-the-cloud

    -- Community-based protection system automatically classifies new malware
in under six minutes with 50 percent less impact on PC performance

    GLENDALE, Calif., April 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Panda Security, a leading
provider of IT security solutions, today announced the global beta release of
Panda Cloud Antivirus, the industry's first and only free cloud-based
antivirus thin-client with 50 percent less impact on PC performance compared
to the industry average. Consumers can download the free product from

    With Panda Cloud Antivirus, Panda Security is introducing a new
protection model that utilizes a thin-client agent and server architecture
which processes and blocks malware more efficiently than locally installed
signature-based products. By moving the entire malware scanning and
determination process to the cloud and applying non-intrusive interception
techniques on the client architecture, Panda Cloud Antivirus is able to
provide advanced protection against new and unknown viruses with a lightweight
thin-client agent that barely consumes any PC resources.

    Traditional antivirus products for PCs rely on multiple locally installed
technologies which intercept each file at different layers (entry vector, file
system and execution) and scan them using various techniques (antivirus,
heuristics, intrusion prevention, behavioral analysis, etc.). This process
results in heavy usage of local PC memory and CPU resources, negatively
impacting performance. The Panda Cloud Antivirus thin-client agent introduces
a new philosophy for on-access asynchronous cloud-scanning. It combines local
detection technologies with real-time cloud-scanning to maximize protection
while minimizing resource consumption. This optimized model blocks malicious
programs as they attempt to execute, while managing less dangerous operations
via non-intrusive background scans.

    Panda Cloud Antivirus includes local and remote antivirus, anti-spyware,
anti-rootkit, heuristics and goodware cache, while only consuming an average
of 17 MB of RAM and 50 percent of the PC performance impact as compared to the
industry average.

    Utilizing Panda's proprietary cloud computing technology called
Collective Intelligence, Panda Cloud Antivirus harnesses the knowledge of
Panda's global community of millions of users to automatically identify and
classify new malware strains in almost real-time. Each new file received by
Collective Intelligence is automatically classified in under six minutes.
Collective Intelligence servers automatically receive and classify over 50,000
new samples every day. In addition, Panda's Collective Intelligence system
correlates malware information data collected from each PC to continually
improve protection for the community of users.

    "We truly believe that Panda Cloud Antivirus represents a quantum leap in
protection over the traditional approach to antivirus," said Juan Santana, CEO
for Panda Security. "Panda Cloud Antivirus offers consumers a truly
install-and-forget solution that delivers the industry's fastest protection
against the newest malware with literally half the performance impact. We're
excited to make it available today for free, which is Panda's way of paying
back to the community and growing our Collective Intelligence network so that
we can deliver even greater protection to all customers."

    For more information or to download the product, please visit:

    About Panda Security
    Panda Security, The Cloud Security Company, is one of the world's leading
IT security providers with millions of clients around the globe and products
available in over twenty languages. Panda Security's mission is to keep our
customers' information and IT assets safe from security threats, giving them
the most effective protection with minimum resource consumption.

    For more information, visit our website at:


For further information:

For further information: Bill Bourdon, The Bateman Group for Panda
Security, +1-415-602-1491, Web Site:

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