Think it’s a harmful file or URL? Scan it to see!
Harmful file? Harmful URL? Check it!
Have you ever wondered whether a link you are about to click on or a website you are about to open is harmful? Do you have files on your computer that you don’t feel at ease with? We’ve found a tool to give you peace of mind. This website will allow you to scan a URL or a file on your computer which you think might be harmful.
VirusTotal inspects items with over 60 antivirus scanners and URL/domain blacklisting services, in addition to a myriad of tools to extract signals from the studied content. Any user can select a file from their computer using their browser and send it to VirusTotal. VirusTotal offers a number of file submission methods, including the primary public web interface, desktop uploaders, browser extensions and a programmatic API. The web interface has the highest scanning priority among the publicly available submission methods. Submissions may be scripted in any programming language using the HTTP-based public API.
As with files, URLs can be submitted via several different means including the VirusTotal webpage, browser extensions and the API.
This core analysis is also the basis for several other features, including the VirusTotal Community: a network that allows users to comment on files and URLs and share notes with each other. VirusTotal can be useful in detecting malicious content and also in identifying false positives — normal and harmless items detected as malicious by one or more scanners.