Panda Cloud Antivirus – Is it netbook ready?

April 30, 2009

Bill Mullins’ at Tech Thoughts scooped us all on a new “exciting” and FREE antivirus product called “Panda Cloud Antivirus”. I encourage you to visit Bill’s site [ CLICK HERE ] to preview his article, “Panda Cloud Antivirus – Free Cloud Protection”. My reading of Bill’s article prompted me to get the word out about this new security product and to test it on my netbook.

Panda Cloud Antivirus

Many of you may not have heard of Panda.
Panda Security is an European based company…

Panda Cloud Antivirus

Founded by Mikel Urizarbarrena in 1990 in Bilbao, Spain, the company operated under the name Panda Software for the first 17 years. By 1995, it was the antivirus market leader in Spain and the following year saw the start of its international expansion effort. It currently has a direct sales presence in 56 countries, operating through an extensive network of subsidiaries and franchises.

“Panda Cloud Antivirus” compared
to the other FREE antivirus software…

Panda Cloud Antivirus is a “thin client” service that you install on your PC that is dependent on the Panda’s internet (cloud) based services for its’ processing activities (aka: cloud computing). As result of the processing services being managed at the cloud (internet) level; maintenance, updates, configuration changes and system resources are minimized to the point that it becomes a maintenance free product. Panda is claiming that by using this model, which is the first that I am aware for any security software, their system will scan and quarantine malware with a 50 per cent less performance load on your PC than other traditional signature based antivirus systems. The detection component of “Panda Cloud Antivirus” is installed on your computer, but the analytic component is managed at the cloud level. One important thing to point out is that Panda Cloud Antivirus is in beta (released to the public for testing) and has not been made final. [added 05/01/2009 – Panda Cloud Antivirus” – Instructions & Help]

“Panda Cloud Antivirus” installed and running on a netbook…

Acer AspireOne Netbook

Following my review of Bill Mullins’ article I downloaded and installed “Panda Cloud Antivirus” on my Acer AspireOne Mini-Netbook over a wireless connection (Intel Atom processor, 1.60 Ghz, 1Gig of RAM, 120 GB SATA, Windows XP). Netbooks are basically low-end PCs’ that primarily rely on the Internet for remote access to web-based (cloud) applications.  I use my netbook to test software; and in theory, if it will run on the “netbook” it will run on just about anything.

System Requirements for Panda Cloud Antivirus

Operating system: Windows Vista 32
(also compatible with Windows Vista SP1 32-bit), Windows XP (32-bit with SP 2 or 3).

RAM: 64 MB.

Hard disk free space: 100 MB.

Browser: Internet Explorer 6.0 or later.

Netbook Install Experience

In summary, the install file was approximately 18.5 MBs and occupied a footprint of approximately 56 MBs following the installation. The installation was very, very quick. The Windows XP Security Center immediately recognized the product as a Security product. The GUI (graphical user interface) is very attractive and simplistic (one of the easiest GUI’s I have experienced). I performed a system scan and found the scan time was comparable in speed and duration to the  previous antivirus software I had installed. I plan to continue using “Panda Cloud Antivirus” on the netbook, as my primary level of antivirus protection, for further review and testing. So far this cloud app is running smoothly on my netbook, but time will tell.

To Bill Mullin’s at Tech Thoughts; Thank you for bringing this product to our attention.  As Bill stated in communication with me “This is an important improvement to our overall security status..”

THE WORD IS OUT

Official Blog – Panda Cloud Antivirus

Panda Cloud Antivirus hits Internet for free – USA Today

Panda Cloud Antivirus is a Lightweight,
Always-Updated Virus Killer – Lifehacker

Panda Launches New Free Cloud-based Antivirus – PCWorld

Panda debuts first cloud-based anti-virus system – VNUNet

Panda Security debuts cloud-based anti-virus – itWorldCanada

Panda Security launches free cloud-based antivirus – Geek.com

Addendum (05/01/2009) The Tennessee Technology Center at Shelbyville (aka: TTC Shelbyville) has posted the  article “Panda Cloud Antivirus Free”. The TTC Shelbyville article provides additional information about their installation experience(s), screenshots and findings; that is a great supplement to this article. They also threw some actual viral content at “Panda Cloud Antivirus”… I encourage you to visit TTC Shelbyville [ CLICK HERE ] to see the results of their review.

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The ViewSonic VPC100 All In One – Future of computers?

April 30, 2009

What you are looking at is not just an LCD monitor. It is the ViewSonic VPC100 All-In-One computer.  Yes, that is the computer, built into the monitor chassis.

ViewSonic VPC100

If space is at premium the VPC100, which is only 35mm thick, may be an option.  According to the ViewSonic website this PC can operate independently, hardwired into a LAN network or work wirelessly in any 802.11b/g WiFi network. I found the specs on the VPC100 comparable to the specs that is currently being seen in today’s netbooks. This type of “all-in-one” PC may be the future; especially if cloud computing becomes a mainstay. Most computer users really do not take full advantage of the operating power or specs of their PC’s anyway. Really, what else would the everyday internet user need? Currently the VPC100 is a little pricey ($550 to $650) in my book, but it is worth a look see. If anyone out there has one of these, I would love to hear your comments.

Specs

Type
18.5″ Color TFT Active Matrix LCD

Display Area
16.1″ horizontal x 9.1″ vertical; 18.5″ diagonal

Resolution
1366×768

Contrast Ratio
1000:1 (typ)

Brightness
300 cd/m2 (typ)

Viewing Angles
160º horizontal, 160º vertical

Response Time
5ms (typ)

Light Source
Long life, 50,000 hrs. (typ)

AUDIO

Speaker
3-watt (x2)

CONNECTOR

Power
Adapter: 19V DC; 65W / Cord: 3-pin AC plug

POWER

Voltage
AC 100–240V (universal), +/–10% Wide Range

Consumption
60W (typ)

DC-DC Power
On-board, 19V DC-in to 3.3V, 5V, 5VSB, 12V

OPERATING CONDITIONS

Temperature
32-104ºF (0-40ºC)

Humidity
10-90% (non-condensing)

Altitude
0–6,000 ft. (1800 m), operational up to 10,000 ft. (3048 m) at reduced reliability and performance

DIMENSIONS

Physical (WxHxD)
17.72″ x 14.18″ x 1.38″ (450mm x 360mm x 35mm)

WEIGHT

Net
11.73 lb. (5.32 kg)

Gross
16.53 lb. (7.5 kg)

RECYCLE/DISPOSAL

The lamp in this product contains mercury. Please dispose of in accordance with local, state or federal laws.

PACKAGE CONTENTS

VPC100, power cord, power adapter, keyboard, mouse, Driver CD, Quick Start Guide, ViewSonic Wizard CD

VESA® MOUNT

100mm x 100mm

WARRANTY

1-year limited warranty on parts, labor and backlight

CORE

CPU Processor Type
Intel® Atom N270

CPU Processor Speed
1.6GHz Single Core, FSB 533MHz, BGA

Chipset
Intel® 945GSE + ICH7M

MEMORY

1GB DDR2 SDRAM

SOFTWARE

Operating System
Windows® XP Home

HARD DRIVE

Capacity
2.5″, 160GB SATA

COMMUNICATION

Ethernet LAN
10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet

Wireless LAN
802.11b/g

INPUT/OUTPUT

USB 2.0 (x4), PS/2 (x2), RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet LAN, Microphone jack, Earphone jack, 4-in-1 card reader (XD, SD, MMC, MS)

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Appnews.net – Track Your Software Updates and Reviews

April 29, 2009

To my readers: Please note the new addition of “Appnews.net” to the What’s On My PC… blogroll (aka: Launch Pad).

Appnews.net

Appnews.net is a NEW site devoted to software updates and reviews that is the cooperative brainchild efforts of Freeware Genius, gHacks, and Rarst.  If you are a follower of free and open source software, I encourage you to make Appnews.net one of your stops.

For my readers convenience, a RSS feed to Appnews.net has been added to the sidebar of the blog.

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#8)

April 29, 2009

Geek Squeaks'

I can only say WOW!  Another round of great articles, during the past week, from the top tech blogs on the internet… You can be part of this weekly listing by adding “What’s On My PC…” to your blogroll… 

Thank you!


Synchronize Two Folders to have a Backup – TTC Shelbyville

Have You Gone Virtual Yet? – Tech-for Everyone

Convert Any File Online For Free – AKSHAT

YouTube RealTime: FriendFeed-Style Notifications All In Real Time [Do You Have An Invite?] – AllThatsNew

FireFox 3.0.10 Released – Fixes Crash Issues – Bill Mullins Weblog – Tech Thoughts

Good support is always a good thing, even with Malware – The Spyware Biz Blog

How to Remove Virus Shield 2009 – 411-Spyware.com

Google fixes severe Chrome security hole | Webware – CNet – AskBillFirst

The Best Free Antivirus? – Carputers News and Computer Tips

How to Optimize USB Drives – SnakeBytes

Introducing Appnews.net – awesome software updates – Rarst.net

System management akin to DameWare and Hyena: Purgos 3.0.249 – Confessions of a Freeware Junkie

Microsoft Wireless Laser 8000 Mouse Review – Crazy World of G

A simple way to keep you out from internet addiction – Piyadas World

Office 2010 Screenshots Preview What’s to Come – Lifehacker

Free SUPERAntiSpyware Pro Giveaway – Evilfantasy’s Blog

PHORM – Invading Your Privacy – Free PC Security

VDownloader – download and convert YouTube videos – Great Free Software Utilities

AND A BLAST FROM THE PAST

Beware! Telephone Bill Rip-Off…

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Tech-for Everyone – Surpasses a Half-Million Visitors

April 28, 2009

When I started blogging, approximately 9 months ago, it was a new adventure to me. What I have found during the past 9 months, as a rookie blogger, is the  importance of posting something new, almost everyday, in order to build a community of visitors to the site.

Writing and maintaining a blog, on a daily basis, is an exercise of the mind (like physical exercise) that challenges you beyond your normal limits. Yesterday I was very excited to experience a day where I had over 1,000 visitors to my blog in less than 24 hours. I would like to say “Thank You” to my visitors who responded and helped me reach that total. I try not to look at the numbers, but it does give me some motivation to continue with the exercise of the mind.

Another thing I have discovered with blogging is that there are good people out there. I have met (in a virtual sense), some of the most friendly, helpful and intelligent people. When I say virtual, I mean I have not been in the “physical presence” of any of these people. I describe it as almost “spiritual” in nature. There is email, messaging, webcams, and blog comments in the virtual sense, but no physical presence or contact.

Tech-for Everyone

One of these people in my blogging community, TechPaul (at Tech-for Everyone), is one of those bloggers I would like to publicly recognize. This guy is what I describe as a walking tech “wikipedia”… He, as several others, has been a mentor to me. Yesterday, TechPaul reached a milestone of over 500,000 visitors to his blog at “Tech-for Everyone”.

TechPaul’s blog is focused on helping others with computers and information technology by posting  Tech Tips, Tricks, and Advice. This accomplishment can only be described as an awesome achievement. A half million visitors to a blog is more than the population of some communities.

To congratulate TechPaul, I encourage you to routinely visit his blog; “Tech-for Everyone” and help him reach that million mark…

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