Panda Cloud Antivirus Free Edition, the first free antivirus from the cloud, is now available from Windows Store, Microsoft’s store accessible through Windows 8. This allows all Windows 8 users to benefit from the new version 2.1.1 of the free Panda Security solution.  

Panda Cloud Antivirus, which boasts the Windows 8 Compatible logo, is one of the best-rated free alternatives for the Microsoft operating system, according to Results from the latest comparative reviews by this prestigious laboratory rate Panda Cloud Antivirus Free Edition above other security products, including Windows Defender (Microsoft Security Essentials in previous versions of the OS), Microsoft’s free antivirus in Windows 8, both in terms of protection and performance.Nueva imagen

These trials, run in January and February 2013, consider a series of factors including protection against malware infection, the ability to repair systems and eradicate malware in infected computers, as well as usability and system performance. Panda Cloud Antivirus scored 6 out of 6 in usability and returned great results in protection (4.5/6) and performance (4/6).

“Having already achieved the Windows 8 Compatible seal, now being one of the first security providers to deliver a free solution on Windows Store is truly satisfying for Panda Security,” says Alberto Añón, Consumer Product Manager at Panda Security. “It is essential for us to keep our users protected with maximum security, and Panda Cloud Antivirus has proven to be a quality product, and a better alternative to others on the market in terms of protection and performance.”

 An Exciting New Release

The release of Panda Cloud Antivirus on Windows Store also includes Panda Cloud Antivirus Pro. This advanced, paid version is available with a 50 percent discount until May 15 for Windows Store users.

The Pro version of Panda Cloud Antivirus offers extra features not included in the free version, such as a firewall, WiFi network protection, automatic USB vaccine and 24×7 VIP technical support in numerous languages. It also includes all the improvements made to the new 2.1.1 version, with anti-exploit protection against zero-day vulnerabilities affecting applications like Office, Adobe or Java.