Online virus scanner – Virus Total

VirusTotal is a service that analyses suspicious files and facilitates the quick detection of viruses, worms, Trojans, and all kinds of malware detected by antivirus engines.

VirusTotal has been awarded by American edition of PC World Magazine, one of the 100 best products of year 2007 in the Security Web Site category.

VirusTotal is a service developed by Hispasec Sistemas, an independent IT Security laboratory, that uses several command line versions of antivirus engines, updated regulary with official signature files published by their respective developers.

This is a list of the companies that participate in VirusTotal with their antivirus engines.

So whenever you receive an email or download a file you’re not 100% sure is safe (even after your local AV software says it is), then this on-line antivirus service from VirusTotal might be just what you are looking for.

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5 Comments on “Online virus scanner – Virus Total”

  1. I find it ridiculous that many PC owners prefer installing all kinds of trials and demos and “free scan” of programs, and what’s worse – they’re advised to install as many security programs as possible. In my experience, a web scanner sometimes if a better choice. It’s easy to try a dozen of virus scanners, and in many cases they really help to remove malware.
    But of course none of these services provide real-time protection. They’re mostly for additional testing and energency cases.

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