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Panda Security Launches Panda Cloud Antivirus Beta2

Free thin-client antivirus protection includes a number of new features

London, July 20, 2009: Panda Security, The Cloud Security Company, today announced the general availability of the Beta2 version of Panda Cloud Antivirus, the industry's first and only free, thin-client, cloud-based antivirus which halves the impact on computer performance compared with traditional antivirus products. Users can download this new version for free from http://www.cloudantivirus.com (available in English, Spanish and German).

Since its launch, Panda Cloud Antivirus has been widely acclaimed by leading software review labs and technology sites: PC Mag: "Pros: No signature database required; detection takes place in the cloud. Lightweight. Attractive, simple user interface. Detected almost all malware samples. Effective against scareware. In a little over a minute the product is installed and working."

Tech Herald: "Early this morning, Panda Security, focusing on two aspects of the anti-Virus market that simply frustrate users and systems administrators, released a free anti-Virus product that for lack of a better term, simply exists. It's lightweight, quick to install, but most of all, very easy to use."

CNET: "Earlier Wednesday, Panda Security introduced Cloud Antivirus beta, the first full-featured cloud-based antivirus program. It does two things that make it competitive and unique compared with its competitors that are tied to your desktop: it prioritizes threats based on type, and it attempts to lighten the load that security programs place on your system resources by moving definition files to a community-based cloud."

With millions of users trying the solution and contributing to its improvement, this second beta version includes a series of new features, described in the official developer blog at http://blog.cloudantivirus.com.

Since its original launch on April 29, and with the participation of the product's user community, more than three million new malware samples have been received at PandaLabs. This knowledge has been compiled and returned to the community in the form of greater protection, and has contributed to an even faster response time from Panda's proprietary Collective Intelligence system.

About Panda Cloud Antivirus Panda Cloud Antivirus, from Panda Security, represents a new security model based on ultra-light client/server architecture to process and block malware more effectively and efficiently than traditional products that rely on locally installed signature files. By shifting the process of analyzing and identifying malware to the cloud, and applying non-intrusive interception techniques in client architecture, Panda Cloud Antivirus delivers advanced protection against new and unknown viruses with an extremely light, resource-friendly agent.

Panda Cloud Antivirus includes local and remote antivirus protection, as well as anti-spyware, anti-rootkit, heuristic scanning and a goodware cache. On average, it consumes just 17 MB of RAM, and ensures a 50 percent improvement in computer performance compared to traditional antivirus products. To see a video of how Panda Cloud Antivirus operates, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-JfW4Ut8kg.

Thanks to Panda's exclusive cloud technology, Collective Intelligence, Panda Cloud Antivirus leverages knowledge from the global community, comprising millions of Panda users, to automatically identify and classify new malware in real-time. Each new file received by Collective Intelligence is classified automatically within six minutes. The Collective Intelligence servers automatically classify more than 50,000 new malware samples every day. These technologies correlate information on malware received from computers to continuously improve the protection level for the worldwide community of users. For more information or to download the product, go to: 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 20 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 per day, guaranteeing corporate customers and home users the most effective protection against Internet threats with minimum impact on PC performance. Panda Security has 56 offices throughout the globe including the UK, with headquarters in Spain and California.

Panda Security supports Special Olympics, WWF and Invest for Children as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility Policy. For more information, visit http://www.pandasecurity.com/uk.

For more information: Neil Martin [email protected] Tel. 0870 243 0690

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