Update: Microsoft Security Essentials 1.0 vs Panda Cloud Antivirus 1.0

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Finally, after waiting for a while, I compared the final versions of Microsoft Security Essentials and Panda Cloud Antivirus. Both are in version 1.0 state and comparison was much easy to do. Here is what I did:

Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) and Panda Cloud Antivirus – Both installed on HP Compaq nx6120 laptop with the following configuration

  • RAM: 1 GB of RAM
  • Processor: 1.86 GHz
  • OS: Windows 7 Ultimate RC

The laptop was in dual boot. On partition 1, I installed MSE and on partition 2, I installed Panda Cloud Antivirus. After installing MSE, it took nearly 27 minutes to update itself. Panda Cloud Antivirus was ready to roll right after the installation. With Panda Cloud Antivirus, Windows 7 Action Center keeps flashing a message regarding the antivirus availability. With MSE, Action Center did not flash any message and recognized MSE right on the spot.

Unlike the beta version, MSE scanning was much quicker. Panda was little better on the scanning side as well. Fortunately enough, both did not track any virus / malware / spyware on my laptop. MSE, the very next day – which was about 12 hours later, alarmed that MSE is not updated and its updates are outdated. Funny… Within one day, it alarms for outdated updates. Panda, for obvious reasons, does not throw any such alarms.

As far as look and feel is concerned, both are easy to deal with. Navigation is easy. MSE checks for the Windows authenticity and if your copy of Windows is not genuine, then it will not install. On the other hand, Panda Cloud Antivirus does not care about this. It will simply install on whichever supported copy of Windows you have.

Overall, MSE made a good impression with the exception that it takes a long time to update itself right after the installation. However, I am more impressed with the Panda Cloud Antivirus for its hassle free method of updates. If you are not too worried about the data security, then Panda Cloud Antivirus is the one that you should go with. If you are more into data security, go with MSE…it is worth it.

I am going to come back with the virus test results that I will performing shortly. Meanwhile, I am going to rely on the test results that were produced by PC World: Cloud Antivirus #1 in PC World Comparative

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8 thoughts on “Update: Microsoft Security Essentials 1.0 vs Panda Cloud Antivirus 1.0

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  2. “After installing MSE, it took nearly 27 minutes to update itself.” Huh? It took just 5 mins at the most for the 3 different times I have installed it from fresh, and I use DSL.

    Plus you didn’t actually test the capability of it detecting virus’s. The reviews on my blog actually compare them.

    MSE detects much more currently.

  3. At present, there were no virus to be detected. Also, MSE has taken a long time on the leased line where other downloads were happening at quite decent speed…100Kbps+. This is one problem I faced in the beta and this version as well.

    I am gonna get hold of some viruses and then see which one is the best one.

  4. One thing you’ll notice is Panda Cloud is a cloud based anti-virus, Panda Cloud requires an internet connection in order to scan. Comparing these two anti-virus programs is sort of pointless when you consider a highly infected computer will likely cripple your network. In the end, Panda Cloud will fail and MSE will continue to scan. Just food for thought. Apples to Oranges.

    • Slight a different thought on this that I have. Even if Panda is cloud-based antivirus, it does store updates in its cache so that when your computer is not connected to the Internet, it can continue to scan. Yes, you should have a continuous Internet connectivity for it to work at its best. The reason for comparison with MSE is because I had both of these and just thought which one would work the best. If you notice that I have not compared on the scans for virus but just some features and speed etc…

      Thanks for your feedback…!!!

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