ORLANDO, Fla., June 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Panda Security, The Cloud Security Company, today announced that Panda Cloud Antivirus, the world's fastest growing cloud-based antivirus, has achieved the highest score in usability by the prestigious AV-Test.org independent lab, outperforming all tested free and paid solutions. In addition to this ranking, Panda Cloud Antivirus was also re-certified by AV-Test.org, as was Panda Internet Security 2012.
AV-Test.org evaluations measure how much each solution impacts overall system performance while still delivering good levels of protection. For this evaluation, the institute tested the protection, repair, usability and performance impact of 22 home user and eight corporate antivirus products under Windows 7 in March and April 2012. Of all products tested, Panda Cloud Antivirus 1.5.2 had the least impact, obtaining 7 points compared to an average of 10 points for the rest of the products. The slowest product achieved a score of 15.
The test also examined false positives – a legitimate file erroneously tagged as malware – and Panda Cloud Antivirus 1.5.2 recorded only three false positives out of the more than 500,000 test files. That's a 0.0006 percent false positive rate, whereas other products tested averaged ten detections (0.002 percent). Products were also tested for false warnings and false blocking of certain actions during download, installing and use of legitimate software. Panda Cloud Antivirus performed flawlessly with no false warnings.
Panda Cloud Antivirus obtained excellent results in the 'Protection' category as well, achieving a 5.0 score as compared to other free antivirus solutions such as Avast (4.5) and Microsoft Security Essentials (3.0). Panda Security's solution also performed better than paid programs from Trend Micro, McAfee and Eset, reinforcing the product's powerful protection capabilities.
"Panda Cloud Antivirus is one of the fastest (lightest) products we've ever tested. Even then, the product offered high-levels of protection against all kinds of malware and it performed very well in our 0-day testing," said Andreas Marx, CEO of AV-Test.org. "Panda Cloud Antivirus offers stellar protection against malware attacks, and it ranked higher than several paid Internet security offerings from other vendors. We congratulate Panda for its high ranks in our comprehensive tests!"
The full report is available at: http://www.av-test.org/en/tests/home-user/marapr-2012/
Panda Cloud Antivirus Free Edition 1.5.2, the software version tested by AV-Test.org and launched in February 2012, includes performance improvements as well as new functionality requested by Panda Security's user community. Since Cloud Antivirus' initial release in 2009 as the first free 'in the cloud' security service for home users, millions of PC users around the world have benefitted from its award-winning protection and light 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. For more information about this version, please visit: http://blog.cloudantivirus.com/2012/02/27/panda-cloud-antivirus-1-5-2/.
The 'Certified' seal image is available at: http://press.pandasecurity.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/cert_avtestmarapr.jpg.
For more information about Panda Cloud Antivirus and to download the product, please visit: http://www.cloudantivirus.com.
About Panda Security
Founded in 1990, Panda Security is the world's leading provider of cloud-based security solutions, with products available in more than 23 languages and millions of users located in 195 countries around the World. Panda Security was the first IT security company to harness the power of cloud computing with its Collective Intelligence technology. This innovative security model can automatically analyze and classify thousands of new malware samples every day, guaranteeing corporate customers and home users the most effective protection against Internet threats with minimum impact on system performance. Panda Security has 56 offices throughout the globe with US headquarters in Florida and European headquarters in Spain
Panda Security collaborates with Special Olympics, WWF and Invest for Children as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility policy.
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