VirusTotal maximum file size limit is now 64 MB, up from 32 MB

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As I’m sure most dotTechies know, VirusTotal is an awesome online virus/malware scanner that allows users to scan files and programs for viruses or malware using over 40 different anti-virus/anti-malware engines.

VirusTotal historically had a maximum file size limit of 20 MB. Files above 20 MB were not able to be scanned with VirusTotal, Due to back-end constraints (i.e. too large files would crash VirusTotal servers). Then last year Google bought VirusTotal and increased the maximum file size limit to 32 MB. Now VirusTotal has increased their maximum file size limit to 64 MB.

I don’t see any official announcement regarding the increase in file size but I noticed the increase when I went to use VirusTotal today. If you head over to VirusTotal’s website, you will clearly see the maximum file size limit is 64 MB. Since there is no official announcement (yet), it is not clear if this increase is temporary or permanent. Whatever the case may be, the increase in file size limit is greatly welcomed and needed.

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  1. BillR5

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