Panda Cloud Cleaner: Free Standalone, Cloud-Based Malware Scanner

Panda Cloud Cleaner is a standalone, cloud-based malware scanner, which is designed to run alongside other security tools without conflicts. It is therefore suitable for both users without any kind of protection and users with antivirus protection installed. Based on Collective Intelligence (scanning in-the-cloud) technology, Panda Cloud Cleaner can help you detect threats to your PC that other programs might end up missing, and remove its after-effects on the system.

Panda Cloud Cleaner

Key Features

  • New tool specifically designed to remove spyware, rogue malware and all types of viruses.
  • Light and easy to use.
  • Updated in real time thanks to Panda’s Collective Intelligence.
  • Faster response to active malware in the Panda community.
  • Ability to work in standalone mode (not connected to the Internet) with particularly aggressive malware.

 

The program is pretty basic and simple enough to use. Launch it, click “Accept and Scan” and it’ll check the most vulnerable objects of your operating system. If a more flexible configuration of an anti-virus scanning is required, you can perform a custom scan (choose “Analyze other elements” from dropped down menu ). ‘Customized Scan’ allows you to select objects for scanning: any folders and files! You can also select to “Analyze all PC”. Panda Cloud Cleaner has no shell integration, thus no right click scan option available. Make sure your system is connected to the internet before running the scan.

For more advanced users, you can take a look at Advanced options. You can tick to activate the Trusted Boot feature. This enables the program to disable any element not trusted by Panda’s Collective Interlligence, and scan your system in a special Trusted Boot mode which will closely monitor the PC boot process for hidden malware (like like rootkits).

Panda Cloud Cleaner Advanced Options

After completed scan, you have the option to clean up the detected malware (if any). Just be careful that you verify what it’s found before deleting; it’s possible that Panda Cloud Cleaner might have found a legitimate third party software it’s unfamiliar with that you don’t want to actually delete. In my test, there was no known malware found, but just five unknown fils & suspicious policies.

Panda Cloud Cleaner Scan Result

Panda Cloud Cleaner also comes with three other useful tools (accessible from the Advanced Tools menu on top-right) that allow you to kill all the non-system processes, unlock files locked by malware and send suspicious looking files to Panda Labs for a verdict on their safety.

Conclusion: although Panda Cloud Cleaner is still a little basic and does not contain much functionality  (no resident monitor, no command line scanner, no right click scan option etc.). It is nevertheless able to effectively scan the system and perform necessary actions for detected threats. Overall, if you’re looking to add another layer of security to your PC – or just want to investigate and remove an existing infection – then it might be worth a try.

Download Panda Cloud Cleaner for Free

Download Panda Cloud Cleaner: Home Page | Direct Link. This freeware works on Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Server, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP.