Panda Security has announced the African launch of its new 2009 consumer
solutions: Panda Antivirus Pro 2009, Panda Internet Security 2009 and Panda
Global Protection 2009.

Through utilising Collective Intelligence, its revolutionary new security
model of protection from the cloud, Panda's new products aim to achieve
faster and more effective detection and disinfection with a minimum
consumption of bandwidth and PC resources.
"Panda's Collective Intelligence works as an online, real-time database that
stores the majority of signature files, keeping them at a minimum on the
users' PCs," explains Jeremy Matthews, head of Panda's sub-Saharan
operations. "The new consumer products use not only Collective Intelligence
to carry out on-demand scans from the cloud but also protect users while
surfing the Web, determine whether emails are safe or not, provide better
protection against unknown malware and scan programmes shared through
instant messaging applications."
Currently, Panda Security's Collective Intelligence network comprises
4-million computers. The knowledge accumulated in the system is composed of
more than 13-million malware samples, and over 100-million analysed
programs. In 2007, more than 94% of all new threats that reached PandaLabs
were detected through Collective Intelligence.
Every Panda user is a sensor for new malware, sending statistical data about
malware prevalence back to the cloud. This new approach reduces bandwidth
consumption on customers' PCs and provides faster and more comprehensive
up-to-date protection. This model not only allows detecting much more
malware than the manual systems that most anti-malware laboratories use, but
is also able to detect even new threats not yet recognized.
Panda is capable to detect even the most sophisticated malware thanks to its
beefed-up TruPrevent 2.0 engine for behaviour-based malware detection which
provides proactive protection against unknown malware and attacks that
exploit software vulnerabilities.
Panda Security's consumer solutions incorporate its hallmark "Identity
Protect" technology. which proactively detects any attempt to steal
confidential data through a heuristic scanner. To ensure safe online
shopping and banking, Panda's new solutions include a new engine for
neutralising banker Trojans. Both Panda Internet Security 2009 and Panda
Global Protection 2009 incorporate a personal data filter which allows users
to define confidential information (account numbers, passwords, etc.) that
should not leave the PC without the user's consent. All this aims at
preventing theft of confidential data.
The new anti-spam engine included in Panda Internet Security 2009 and Panda
Global Protection 2009 uses Collective Intelligence technology that has
increased the spam detection rate thereby eliminating the vast majority of
unwanted email.
Panda Antivirus Pro 2009 offers fast, easy-to-use protection against
viruses, spyware and hackers, and includes a new engine against identity
theft. Similarly, it prevents hackers from getting into the computer, thanks
to its built-in Panda firewall. It is mainly aimed at people who need an
easy-to-install, simple protection.
Panda Internet Security 2009 is an integrated suite against all types of
cyber threats and includes a new anti-spam filter and parental control so
children can surf the Internet safely. It is aimed at families and users who
require maximum protection to use the Internet with complete peace of mind.
Panda Global Protection 2009 incorporates the features included in the other
two solutions, combined with a 2 GB premium online backup system and system
restoring tools. These features help protect the most important files
against accidental loss or damage. Its tune-up tool allows for the
optimisation of your PC so that it can run as effectively as possible. It is
aimed at advanced Internet users who need to carry out online activities
(purchases, bank transactions, tax return payments, etc.). It is also
suitable for small business and home users.