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VTzilla 1.5

Check files for malware before they're downloaded (Firefox)

Rating:
(0)
Operating Systems:
Linux, macOS, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows XP
License:
Open Source
Developer:
Emiliano Martínez Contreras
Software Cost:
Free
Category
Security
Date Updated:
02 July 2014
Downloads To Date:
925
Languages:
English

VTzilla is a Firefox extension which uses VirusTotal to scan links and files before they're downloaded.

If you're unsure about a particular link then you can right-click it, and select "Scan with VirusTotal". The URL is passed to VirusTotal, checked against 50+ top antivirus engines, and you're presented with a report on site safety in a few seconds.

That option is relatively hidden, of course, and there's a chance you'll forget to use it. Fortunately the developer understands that, and VTzilla also adds a "Scan with VirusTotal" button to the download box as a permanent reminder. One click and you'll be reading the report on any file.

Less usefully, VTzilla also adds a toolbar where you can search VirusTotal for hashes, URLs and more, or launch a scan of your current site. This grabs a lot of screen real estate and isn't customisable, but you can at least turn it off and just use the right-click option and download box button (click View > Toolbars > VirusTotal Toolbar).

Verdict:

The interface could be reworked to save screen real estate, but VTzilla's core functions work well, enabling you to check files with VirusTotal on demand.

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