Online antivirus: How to use VirusTotal to scan files

VirusTotal is an online service that allows you to analyze files for viruses, worms, trojans and other malware types. The tool is ideal for those who do not have an antivirus installed on the PC or would like a second opinion, to make sure that a file is not infected. The site is free, simple to use and does not require any type of registration.

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In the following tutorial, check out how to use VirusTotal to scan files online. The procedure was done in the Chrome version for macOS, but the tips are also valid for users of Windows or Linux PCs.

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Step 1. Go to the VirusTotal website (virustotal.com) and press the "Choose file" button;

Go to VirusTotal and click on the button indicated

Step 2. Now locate the file you want to check and select "Choose" in the lower right corner;

Find the file you want to check

Step 3. Confirm your submission to "OK". This can take a while, depending on the size of the file and the speed of your connection;

Confirm upload of file for review

Step 4. Finally, wait until VirusTotal performs the scan. The overall result will be displayed at the top of the screen. Below, you can check the result of each antivirus in which the file was scanned.

Online verification result

Ready! Take advantage of the tips for scanning files online using VirusTotal.

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