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Is 18.04 (Dome) the new version for everyone now?

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Is 18.04 (Dome) the new version for everyone now?

Postby plasticpanda » Fri, 12 Jan 2018, 01:48


I came here to read about what Panda are doing with regards Meltdown/Spectre... But then I found out that there is a new FREE version available - 18.04 (Dome).

1. Is this now available to everyone or only certain countries (I am in the UK)?
2. Why is there no mention of it on the Panda website (or have I just missed it)?
3. The version I currently have is 18.03 , but that seems to be dated from 2016. Is it really that old???
4. At the moment I am still on XP, but soon to change. In the meantime though, can anyone clarify where Panda stands with XP support for both the version I am running (18.03), the new version (18.04 / Dome), and also for Meltdown/Spectre (I saw on the Panda page regarding those vulnerabilities and the update key that XP is not listed under operating systems).

Many thanks :)

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Re: Is 18.04 (Dome) the new version for everyone now?

Postby RedsFan » Sat, 13 Jan 2018, 00:27

I think it should be better to release Dome free 18.04 for everyone , as they want to change names.
They have to choose Now !

For a week now i'm using Panda Dome free 18.04 and all running smooth.
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Re: Is 18.04 (Dome) the new version for everyone now?

Postby hake » Sat, 13 Jan 2018, 22:23

Panda Dome free 18.04 sets the quality compatibility registry entry in Windows 7 and later. This means that Panda Dome accesses the Windows kernel by Microsoft approved entries and therefore Microsoft update is allowed work as normal. I believe that Microsoft imposes this quality test so that certain bad AV products cannot directly access the kernel after the Meltdown/Spectre fixes. This precaution prevents rogue AV products from causing system crashes. Panda Dome satisfies this Microsoft requirement.

There is no quality compatibility registry entry applied to Windows XP.

I want to say here that I find that Panda Dome free 18.04 is an excellent quality release. Using it with Windows 7 or later greatly mitigates the perfomance problems created by the Meltdown/Spectre updates, especially wih older slower processors. I had to remove Avast free 17 because the system was unaccptably slow and installed Panda Dome instead. The performance thereafter was not much different from what it was before the Meltdown/Spectre MS fixes were applied.
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