>Panda Security today announced Panda Cloud Antivirus Free Edition, the world’s fastest growing cloud-based antivirus, has been certified by prestigious, independent testing lab AV-Test.org. This is the first time Panda Cloud Antivirus Free Edition has participated in these tests, which replicate today’s real-world threat scenarios.

The AV-Test.org evaluation, conducted between July and August 2011, compared Version 1.5.1 of Panda Cloud Antivirus to 24 other home user security products. Panda Cloud Antivirus obtained very good scores across the board, outperforming solutions from McAfee, Microsoft, Trend Micro and others in protection, extending its reputation for providing superior malware detection.

The full report is available at http://www.av-test.org/no_cache/en/tests/test-reports/test-reports/?tx_avtestreports_pi1[report_no]=113111.

This recognition follows the Advanced+ certification for Panda Cloud Antivirus Free Edition obtained in the latest “On-demand Detection of Malicious Software” test from the independent review lab AV-Comparatives. More information on these tests is available at: http://press.pandasecurity.com/news/panda-cloud-antivirus-achieves-advanced-rating-in-its-first-participation-in-av-comparatives-tests/

Panda Cloud Antivirus Free Edition 1.5.1, launched this June, includes performance improvements as well as new features suggested by Panda Security’s user community. Since Cloud Antivirus’ initial release in 2009 as the first free ‘in the cloud’ security service for home users, millions around the world have benefitted from its award-winning free antivirus protection and incredibly lightweight footprint. The latter is a major benefit of Collective Intelligence, Panda’s proprietary technology for automatically collecting and processing millions of malware samples in the cloud instead of locally on the user’s PC.

For more information about Panda Cloud Antivirus Free Edition or to download the product, please visit http://www.cloudantivirus.com