Panda Cloud Antivirus 3 Free adds scheduler, USB vaccination
Panda Security has announced the release of Panda Cloud Antivirus 3.0, the latest edition of its popular cloud-based antivirus tool.
As with many other security packages, the program now has a Windows 8-style interface. Panda has made a better job of it than most, though: it looks good, is easy to use, and you can even drag the tiles around to rearrange them.
Both the free and commercial editions support a new Rescue Kit, which can create a bootable rescue USB drive, or run Panda’s industrial-strength Cloud Cleaner to detect and remove even the most stubborn and stealthy of malware.
Panda Cloud Antivirus 3.0 Pro now includes a Wi-Fi monitor, listing every device currently connected to your network.
There are plenty of smaller tweaks, too, ranging from useful new options (the ability to shut down your PC after a scan has finished) to general all-round performance improvements.
And the company is also introducing a "Panda Account", "an exclusive area where you’ll be able to download your products, manage your services, obtain documentation". Perhaps more of a marketing opportunity for Panda than anything else, but other companies do something similar and it can be useful.
On balance, then, this is a welcome update, and the addition of the scheduler in particular makes Panda Cloud Antivirus 3.0 FREE a much more capable package. If you’re currently running the previous edition then it should update itself very soon, otherwise 3.0 downloads are available now.