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VirusTotal Scanner 4.0

Quickly check a file for malware with more than 40 antivirus tools

by Mike Williams

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 11 January 2015
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Downloads To Date: 1301
Developer: SecurityXploded
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VirusTotal Scanner 4.0
Quickly check a file for malware with more than 40 antivirus tools

If you're wondering whether a file is malware then you could upload it to VirusTotal.com, where it'll be scanned with more than 40 of the best antivirus tools - GData, Kaspersky, Avira, AVG, they're all here - and the results displayed.

Uploading can take time, though, especially with larger files. And so you may prefer to use VirusTotal Scanner, which calculates a hash (a digital fingerprint) for the file and sends that to VirusTotal.com instead, for a near instant verdict.

The program is extremely easy to use. There's no installation required; just choose your file, click the "VirusTotal Scan" button and you'll get the usual verdict almost immediately.

Hopefully you'll be told "0/41" - no-one has detected malware - but if there is a problem then you'll be able to scroll down and see who is raising an alert.

You do need to be careful how you interpret these results, of course. Checking a file with so many antivirus tools increases the chance of detecting a threat, but it also means you're much more likely to encounter false alarms.

If you find a brand new tool from a trusted site such as NirSoft is rated as dangerous by 3 or 4 tools, then, it's likely that this is simply a mistake.

But if you're not 100% sure about the file's source then of course it's safer to simply delete it for now (or move it somewhere safe). If it's a program you really want to try, scan it again a week or so later and see if the site can give you a more unanimous verdict.

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VirusTotal Scanner 2.0 provides a quick and easy way to check files for threats, without the usual upload delays

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