Surfing the internet and downloading files are part of our daily life. But surfing the internet and downloading files will expose us to many kinds of malware including Viruses, Trojans, worms and other types of malicious software. Maybe you’ve come across suspicious websites before and you don’t know if those certain websites contain malware. Also, maybe you have downloaded a file and try to scan it from the anti-virus software installed in your computer and it says it’s fine but you want to make sure if the file is really safe. Or maybe your anti-virus software says the file contains malware but you think it’s a false alarm.
In those situations, you can use VirusTotal website to compare it to the scan results from the anti-virus software available in VirusTotal including popular software like Avira, Bitdefender, and Kaspersky. You don’t have to install all those anti-virus software on your local machine since it is online. VirusTotal inspects items with over 60 antivirus software and URL/domain blacklisting services. Users can select files from their computer and upload it to VirusTotal using their browser or paste suspicious URLs/Websites into the search bar.
Aside from uploading files and pasting URLs into VirusTotal, there is also an option to search a website to see some technical aspects of that website like its categorization, DNS replication, and owner’s information. Moreover, you will see some comments from the VirusTotal community about malicious URLs and websites.
Reports produced from scanning files and websites are shared with the public VirusTotal community thus providing cybersecurity professionals and security products developers valuable insights into the behaviors of emerging malware.
Here are the screenshots on VirusTotal website.