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Old 01-05-09   #1
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Panda Security enters the cloud - Cloud based Antivirus









Panda releases Cloud-based free antivirus


Panda Security, the makers of Panda Internet Security and Antivirus, are entering an area not much explored when it comes to system security - it is taking the antivirus into clouds! It has released "Panda Cloud antivirus Beta", which is set to move the entire malware scanning and determination process to the cloud and apply non-intrusive interception techniques on the client architecture. Also Panda Securtiy is willing to make the application and service free for personal use even after it comes out of beta testing.


Here's a part of Panda Security's statement,
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. 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 results 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.




Cloud computing can be said to be a form of Grid computing where every user connected to Panda's main server will also act as a sensor for new viruses/threats. So technically as the client-base grows, the resistance of the application to malware should grow provided Panda comes up with anti-malware for them in time. Panda says that their application can classify new malware in under six minutes, and that it handles more than 50,000 new samples per day. The new program reportedly takes up around 50 MB on the hard drive and uses ~17 MB of RAM when in use.

Panda Cloud Antivirus is for Windows XP and Windows Vista, with planned support for Windows 7 when it's released. It will stay in beta as it's being accepted by users, although they hope it will leave beta by the end of this summer. It can also work using locally stored virus definition from a harddrive, or it can scan using the cloud supported scanning/detection methods.

But with such a small footprint in a computer, can an antivirus product be as efficient as the normal apps? And whether the cloud-based computing be as light and not bandwidth heavy, as the virus information base grows? Because in most of todays antivirus products, the entire virus definition update after a fresh installation will be atleast 50MB or more. So can such databases can be accessed online everytime a cloud-scan is performed with satisfactory results.

It does look like a wishful thinking by Panda that it can overcome most of the irks, but it's a brave effort nevertheless, so i hope it will be on cloud nine as the app comes out of beta stage.

You can download and try this web application here: http://www.cloudantivirus.com.

References: pandasecurity.com, CNET

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A nice initiative but imo it will only work when we are connected to the internet and so if for some reason the net is kaput then we will be very vulnerable...
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But if you see the trend, PCs connected to internet are more vulnerable to viruses, unless you have pen drives parking in your USB every now and then.Being offline can actually be good for some home users.

I guess the best advantage of a cloud antivirus could be simply that the older viruses may never know how to attack the anti-virus or disable it.But the near future ones.....I guess we will have to wait and watch.
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^yup..me gonna try this . . .
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i like this for one simple reason: love for the cloud
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The looks are Awesome IMO.
Will have to use it to get its features.
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Bah, I guess itll constantly use bandwidth?. I don't think Indians are ready for that yet
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^ The bandwidth usage is hardly a few bytes
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^^ Try explaining that to people with limited connections.
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hmm ya for limited data pack people , it may be an issue
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