We've been working very hard over the last few months to integrate all our online scanners (ActiveScan 1.0, NanoScan & TotalScan) into a single new scanner that rules them all. The result is the new Panda ActiveScan 2.0 (pandasecurity.lin3sdev.com/activescan) which we're about ready to publish between today and tomorrow.

In addition to detecting and disinfecting all types of malware (virus, worms, trojans, ad/spyware, rootkits, etc.), it also integrates some of our latest detection technologies which we have been playing with:

  • Genetic Heuristics Engine to detect unknown malware and new variants.
  • Specialized heuristics for cybercrime and identity theft trojans.
  • Anti-rootkit technology for detecting acitvely running rootkits.
  • Scanning from the cloud uses Collective Intelligence community detections of malware & goodware processes loaded in memory.

One of the new and interesting things we're doing with ActiveScan 2.0 is tracking the infection rates of PCs that are infected even though they are using an up-to-date antivirus. And we're also tracking this on a per-vendor basis. Therefore we are able to see the percentage of Symantec users who are infected even though they are up-to-date, McAfee users, Trend users, Panda users, Kaspersky users, etc.

Last year I published a research study about infection rates on protected systems where we saw that a whopping 23% of the PCs that had up-to-date antivirus products were actually infected with malware.