Thursday, October 11, 2007

VirusTotal: The best online virus scanner

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VirusTotal is a service developed by Hispasec Sistemas, an independent IT Security laboratory, that analyzes suspicious files and facilitates the quick detection of viruses, worms, trojans, and all kinds of malware detected by antivirus engines. The file you want to scan can be uploaded to their server through their file uploading service or you can mail the file to them. VirusTotal will then scan the file with 32 different virus scanners. Yes, you read that right! 32 top virus engines will scan your file using the latest virus definition updates. With so many virus scanners looking into the file, the chances of an infected file escaping detection is remote.

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

AhnLab (V3)
Aladdin (eSafe)
ALWIL (Avast! Antivirus)
Authentium (Command Antivirus)
Avira (AntiVir)
Bit9 (FileAdvisor)
Cat Computer Services (Quick Heal)
ClamAV (ClamAV)
CA Inc. (Vet)
Doctor Web, Ltd. (DrWeb)
Eset Software (ESET NOD32)
ewido networks (ewido anti-malware)
Fortinet (Fortinet)
FRISK Software (F-Prot)
F-Secure (F-Secure)
Grisoft (AVG)
Hacksoft (The Hacker)
Ikarus Software (Ikarus)
Kaspersky Lab (AVP)
McAfee (VirusScan)
Microsoft (Malware Protection)
Norman (Norman Antivirus)
Panda Software (Panda Platinum)
Prevx (Prevx1)
Rising Antivirus (Rising)
Secure Computing (Webwasher)
Softwin (BitDefender)
Sophos (SAV)
Sunbelt Software (Antivirus)
Symantec (Norton Antivirus)
VirusBlokAda (VBA32)
VirusBuster (VirusBuster)

VirusTotal is also available in 16 different languages apart from English. If you suspect a file to be infected and want it scanned, look no further than VirusTotal.

VirusTotal homepage

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