Thursday, 27 October 2011

VirusTotal - Free Online Virus, Malware, and URL Scanning

I found out about VirusTotal today.

It's run by a Spanish company, and offers free, online virus checking.

http://www.virustotal.com/index.html

The best part in my mind?  It's crowd-sourcing your anti-virus.

You submit a suspect file, it's scanned by 42 different anti-virus applications, and the results get displayed to you.  If the file is picked up by at least one of the 42 anti-virus programs, then they each get a copy of the file to test to improve their products.

By you testing a file, you're potentially helping keep everyone safe.