Panda Cloud Cleaner is an advanced yet free antivirus tool, cleaner & disinfector which is based on collective in-cloud scanning intelligence. It claims to detect malware that traditional security solutions cannot detect. I was aware of the Panda Cloud Antivirus Free Edition, but when I stumbled upon Panda Cloud Cleaner, I decided to check it out.
Panda Cloud Cleaner Review
Once you have downloaded the 23.6 MB tool from the Panda website, install and launch it. It will ask you to Accept and Scan.
Panda Cloud Cleaner will automatically detect if it is running on a 32-bit or a 64-bit system. If it detects a 32-bit system, it will show Advanced Options which will include the High Security Analysis setting. This Trusted boot scan is an scan option that is used to detect rootkits and also to block malware whose effects may seriously affect disinfection efforts. This scan option is only available on 32-bit systems. It is not available on 64-bit systems because these operating systems provide more security against rootkits than 32-bit systems.
Since I am on a 64-bit system, this option is not offered.
You could select Analyze other elements, which will allow you to select the scan areas. Or you could select Analyze all PC.
I chose Analyze all PC and clicked on Accept and Scan. The program checked for updates and then the scan started. The scan took less than 10 minutes on my Windows 8 computer. Incidentally, Panda Cloud Cleaner also includes additional tools that let you Kill all processes, Unlock files and send suspicious files to Panda. You can see them under the Advanced Tools button.
Once the scan is completed, Panda Cloud Cleaner will send a report to the Panda servers and you will be presented with a set of results.
I decided to go through them before blindly pressing Clean. Clicking on the > arrow opened the detailed results window.
It found no malware but listed the following:
1] It listed the WinPatrol setup file and its .exe file as Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP). I know and trust WinPatrol.
2] It checked for Broken Links in the Windows Registry and listed them out for me. Did I want to delete them? No!
For instance, the HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced – Start_showrun, Show_netplaces, etc, keys are attributes that control particular registry values of the Windows client computer, and put there by the operating system.
3] It included in this list the following file:
This visual basic file is actually just a component of the Network and Sharing Center in Windows 7 or Windows 8. Did I want to delete it? No! definitely not!
Once you are sure, make you selections and click on Clean. If you are unsure – don’t!
In the end, Panda Cloud Cleaner will also ask you if you were satisfied with the scan results and if it was able to clean all malware.
If you want to run this tool, at any other time, again infuture, you can run it and select the Accept and Scan button in order for the application to be updated and for the scan to begin.
Panda Cloud Cleaner might be a good tool to have on your computer, as it is backed by strong Panda malware detection capabilities. But judging from the results, it is clear that the tool is not for the common user. You need to know what you are deleting! If you blindly click on Clean, you may well end up breaking your operating system. It is therefore very important that you review the detection list carefully in order to avoid accidental removal of legitimate third-party software which may be unknown to Panda.
Panda Cloud Cleaner download
You can download Panda Cloud Cleaner from its home page.