Most of the Windows users use the tradition antivirus products which rely on antivirus definitions updates from time to time. Some of these antivirus products hog your system resources and you are still vulnerable to new security threats. If you want to use a lightweight free antivirus product then you can try the free Panda Cloud Antivirus. This antivirus is powered by Panda cloud which means that you always have latest virus definitions. You no longer have to download the virus definitions as Panda Cloud Antivirus uses cloud technology.
Panda Cloud Antivirus is cloud based antivirus. This means that it scans your files on the cloud, thus reducing the processing power used from your local computer. Because the scanning is done on the cloud, therefore it is considerably faster. The cloud technology also makes sure that scanning is always performed using the latest virus definitions.
You can download Panda Cloud Antivirus from the Panda Security website. After the installation, it places an icon in the notification area of your computer. Right-clicking on this notification area icon, you can start or stop the Panda Cloud Antivirus. Double-clicking on the notification area icon would show you the Panda Cloud Antivirus control window.
In the control window that shows up, you can see number of files being scanned per minute. You can click on the big magnifying glass graphic to open the manual scanner. In the scanner, you can run an optimized scan, full scan or scan only for some items. It also shows how many viruses, spyware, tracking cookies and other malware it has blocked.
In the Processes report, you can view a history of all the programs that are executed on your computer, whether they are/were secure or malicious etc. You can also enable or disable the URL monitor from this window. You can select the programs and block them if you want to. To block a program, just click on a program in the list and select the Block button.
The firewall and the USB vaccine features are only available in the paid pro edition of the Panda Cloud Antivirus. But you can still disable autorun on your computer using the USB vaccine feature, but the ability to vaccinate the USB keys is not available in the free edition.
You can download Panda Cloud Antivirus from http://www.cloudantivirus.com/.