Panda Cloud Cleaner is a simple and straightforward cloud-based malware detector, which is designed to run alongside other security tools without conflicts.

The program has a very simple interface. Launch it, click "Accept and Scan" and it'll check your entire PC; or choose "Analyze other elements" and you can select a drive or folder to inspect. Then all you have to do is wait for the results, which generally don't take long (our test PC was inspected in just a few minutes), before cleaning your system with a click.

There are a few interesting extras, too. A "Kill all processes" option shuts down non-essential programs, perhaps useful as a last resort if you're infected by malware and it's resisting elimination. "Unlock Files" helps make files accessible, handy when you need to delete something but malware is getting in the way. And a "Send files to Panda" option allows you to upload up to 20 suspect files for a verdict on their safety.

Panda Cloud Cleaner is still a little basic, overall. There's not much functionality here, and it's not going to replace the leading "second opinion" antivirus tools any time soon.

But on the other hand, the program is also fast, lightweight and extremely easy to use. And if you're looking to add another layer of security to your PC - or just want to investigate and remove an existing infection - then it might be worth a try.


A basic, but fast and easy-to-use antivirus tool