Some time ago, I highlighted a point made by one TCEA member that noticed the TCEA Conference computers all had AVG AntiVirus loaded on them. Fortunately, there was no license violation since AVG wasn’t loaded on the computers beyond the trial period.

But this discussion did highlight the need for schools to have access to an anti-virus solution that, while free for their use, IS NOT just available for personal use. This means, students and teachers can use it on their personal computers but NOT on work computers.

When you consider how many virtualized instances of Windows there are, how many older machines running Windows that are vulnerable, and how much school districts pay for anti-virus solutions like Symantec AntiVirus, the question becomes, is there a solution that is available for free?

Panda Cloud AntiVirus may fill the niche. In their discussion forums, the following statement is made:

Panda Cloud Antivirus is not only free for home users. It’s also free for education. In order to install it into multiple PCs, simply create an account and install into all PCs using the same account.
Source: Pedro Bustamante, Panda Senior Research Advisor

Imagine if schools have access to an award winning antivirus…for free. PC Magazine gave Cloud Antivirus it’s stamp of approval (check out the comparison chart):

Cloud Antivirus eliminates known malware immediately on detection. Files that aren’t known malware but seem to be malicious get sent to the cloud for analysis. Until the results come back, they’re not allowed to launch. . .Panda Cloud Antivirus is impressively effective at keeping malware from infesting a clean system. It’s less effective at fixing an infested system—it finds almost all the threats but doesn’t always clean them up thoroughly. Still, it’s a very good, very lightweight tool even when measured against the for-pay security antivirus available. And it’s the best free antivirus software available. If you’re going to use it, I’d just recommend making extra certain that you’re not already infected before you install it. Wipe your machine: start with a clean install of your OS, and Panda should do an excellent job of keeping viruses out. And Panda Cloud Antivirus Free Edition 1.0 is our Editors’ Choice for free antivirus.

Worth checking out? This will work well on Windows computers connected to the Web and probably mean dumping Malware Bytes since that tool is less effective according to my reading of the PCMag article.

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