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Panda Cloud vs MSE


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#1 Sightless

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Posted 20 January 2011 - 01:14 PM

I am mostly concerned with real-time detection rates (I would assume Panda Cloud would have better real-time, since its detections are from the cloud) and RAM footprint.
Which is better in those regards? I had Panda Cloud on my old computer, but soon uninstalled it because I was just testing it out.

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Posted 20 January 2011 - 02:17 PM

I would assume Panda Cloud would have better real-time, since its detections are from the cloud


Do you mean real-time signatures updates, since the signatures are in the cloud?
Then yes, Panda has better signatures updates than MSE, because MSE will only check once per day for new signatures, except when it detects suspicious activity.
Much more details can be found in the MSE Definitions/Signatures Update FAQ.

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Posted 20 January 2011 - 02:58 PM

I actually edited my registry to make MSE check for updates every 2 hours, since I'm on a laptop and am not connected to the internet 24/7 like my desktop.
By my question I meant which program has the best real time protection, as in preventing malware from installing in the first place.
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Posted 20 January 2011 - 03:09 PM

By my question I meant which program has the best real time protection, as in preventing malware from installing in the first place.


There is simply no data to decide this.

AV product testing is complex and controversial. I would say that the consensus in the AV industry is that organizations http://av-comparatives.org/ and http://av-test.org/ are the most trustworthy in their testing.

If you visit their sites, you'll notice that they test MSE and Panda, but not Panda Cloud.

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Posted 20 January 2011 - 03:18 PM

Yeah, I noticed that, which is why I wasn't sure.
I think I'll test Panda Cloud for a while and see how I like it
Thanks for your well informed responses :)
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Posted 20 January 2011 - 03:30 PM

You're welcome.

Personally, I believe these organizations do not test cloud AV (yet), because of their cloud nature.
It would be relatively easy for the companies that produce cloud AV, to tune their products to produce "better" results when they are tested by these organizations.
For example, if the companies notice that they are receiving a lot of detections coming from an IP address of one of these testing organizations, they could artificially improve their detection rates. Just flag a couple of files extra as malware for good measure, and you get a better detection rate.

I'm not saying the AV companies are doing this, but I'm sure the testing organizations want to prevent this.

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Posted 20 January 2011 - 03:34 PM

Ah, that's an interesting thought! I like how you think :)
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