Antivirus

Virus Total Uploader Update

14 Dic/09

Virus Total offers a great service for users who want to check files for malicious code. The main benefit of using Virus Total over locally installed antivirus software is the multi-engine approach as it offers to scan files with dozens of different antivirus engines and databases.

The Virus Total service can be used on the website directly by uploading one file to the service or by use of the Virus Total software which recently has been updated to version 2.

It was previously only possible to send one file from within Windows Explorer to the service using the software. This has changed as Virus Total Uploader 2.0 comes with its own interface.

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The main improvements of Virus Total Uploader 2.0 are the ability to send up to five files to Virus Total, a file size limit increase from 10 Megabytes to 20 Megabytes, a process view that can be used to send running processes to Virus Total and the option to download and upload files from a url to the online service.

Files that should be send to the online service can be dragged and dropped into the interface, picked from the process listing or selected using the build in file browser. The software will automatically generate file hashes for the selected files and compare them to the Virus Total database. Results are displayed immediately of matching hashes are found with the option to upload the file anyway for a second check.

The old option to send files from within Windows Explorer is still available in the Send To menu. Users who prefer this option can use it exclusively and ignore the program interface.

Virus Total Uploader 2.0 adds several interesting new features to the virus checking service. Especially the increased file size limit and the ability to test running processes easily make it a recommended addition to every Windows operating system.

The new version can be downloaded from the official Virus Total website. (via Raymond)

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