VirusTotal is a free online service which helps you to upload your files online and then scan it for viruses and malwares. VirusTotal is a service that analyzes suspicious files and facilitates the quick detection of viruses, worms, trojans, and all kinds of malware detected by antivirus engines. The beast feature of VirusTotal is that it scans the file using multiple anti virus scanning applications so that the chance of your PC getting infected is almost zero. VirusTotal supports almost all popular anti virus engines.
There are two ways to scan the file, first one is to send a mail to [email@example.com] with the subject SCAN. The maximum file size allowed is 20MB. Once the file is scanned, you will receive a scan report. Second way is to use the uploader and for this you will need to install the uploader. Once it is installed, you can right click any file and select Send To-> Virus Total.
- Free, independent service
- Use of multiple antivirus engines
- Real-time automatic updates of virus signatures
- Detailed results from each antivirus engine
- Real time global statistics