A cloud-based antivirus software does not store the virus definitions on your Windows computer. Rather than using your computer’s processing power, this cloud-based antivirus sends data about potentially malicious files to the company’s servers for analysis. This approach is intended to take advantage of the latest signatures without the need for signature database updates.
Free Cloud Antivirus for Windows
A Cloud Antivirus is an antivirus software that stores its definitions on the cloud – i.e., on the company’s own servers. As a result of this, they do not occupy much disk space. They are also fast and do not consume many resources.
One question which could arise in a user’s mind is that, would he or she be still protected when not connected to the Internet?
“Yes, you do not need to be connected to the Internet all the time in order to be protected. Cloud Antivirus stores a “local cache copy” of Collective Intelligence for offline operation. As soon as you disconnect, Cloud Antivirus still works in the background, checking every file against its local cache of detections. This local cache includes, amongst other things, detection for all malware files which are currently in circulation and affecting users.”
Currently, Panda, Kaspersky and Comodo are some good free cloud antivirus software, currently available for Windows.
1] Panda Free Cloud Antivirus
Features of Panda:
- Behavioral blocking. Proactive, signature-less, protection against malicious actions typically used by malware. Generic blocking of malicious PDF/DOC/XLS/PPT/WMV/etc. droppers. Compatible with both 32 and 64bit Windows Operating Systems.
- Behavioral analysis (PRO only). Runtime analysis and blocking of running processes. Compatible with 32bits Operating Systems as well as for 32bit processes under 64bit systems.
- Advanced configuration. Ability to turn on/off and tweak the behavior of the different engines, cloud responses, advanced logging, recycle bin settings, exclusions, etc.
- Self-protection of the AV processes and configurations.
- Re-do detections that were previously undone so that they are detected again.
- And more
Cloud Antivirus from Panda is now called Panda Free Antivirus. This Cloud Antivirus is compatible with other antivirus software and is available in two flavors: Free Edition and Pro.
2] Kaspersky Security Cloud Free
Kaspersky Security Cloud (basic version) is a free Antivirus solution for Windows computers which also offers secure connection(VPN) when browsing the internet and comes with adaptive security features. While it comes with two paid offerings, in this review we are talking about the free version which is worth for what it has to offer.
Kaspersky Security Cloud Free gives you remote control and management options that Kaspersky Free Antivirus does not support. That is the main difference between the two.
3] Comodo Cloud Antivirus
Comodo Cloud Antivirus offers real-time antivirus monitoring and uses a powerful combination of virus monitoring, auto-sandbox and behavior analysis technologies to immediately protect your computer from all known and unknown malware.
Have any of you tried any cloud-based antivirus? If so, please do share – love to hear your experience!