VirusTotal – Scan With 35 AV Engines

Here’s a twist on online virus scanners – you can have any specific computer file (files are restricted to a maximum of 10 megabytes), scanned for nasties by thirty five diverse online scanners all in one go. offers this amazing free virus and malware online scan service, to the Internet community in the spirit of trying to keep us all safer on the increasingly more dangerous Internet.

To take advantage of this service, simply upload a file that you’re uncertain of to Virus Total, or as an alternative submit your suspicious file to Virus Total by email. What could be simpler?

Quick facts:

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

Keep in mind however; you still require an appropriate local defense system including a firewall (either software or hardware), a sound and effective malware suite (including anti-virus and spyware).

It’s important to be aware that anti-malware programs, including online scanners that rely on a definition database to identify malware files, can often be behind the curve in recognizing the newest threats.

So in addition to the “normal” system protection you have installed locally, I strongly recommend that you download and install ThreatFire 3, free from PC Tools. This type of anti-malware application works by using heuristics, or behavioral analysis, to identify newer threats. Current reports indicate this application has a 90% success rate in stopping malware in it’s tracks.


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2 responses to “VirusTotal – Scan With 35 AV Engines

  1. VirusTotal is excellent. It may be bit hard to catch the files responsible for infection… But after you do VirusTotal is excellent starting point to deal with it.

  2. Very nice Bill, a perfect tool for an itinerant tech head. Just bookmarked it on my portable version of Firefox.
    I see Sysinternals updated a few of their tools including Process Explorer, a great way to identify nasties.