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[Windows] Scan files using VirusTotal directly from your desktop with PhrozenSoft VirusTotal Uploader

PhrozenSoft VirusTotal Uploader UI [1]VirusTotal is a remarkably useful protection platform that allows you to scan files online through several antivirus platforms at once like TrendMicro, McAfee, BitDefender, Kaspersky, DrWeb and more. We use it here at Dottech to scan programs before we recommend them –or advise against them, but you probably already knew that. Having access to VirusTotal somewhat alleviates the need to run antivirus software locally. I say somewhat because it’s always a good practice to locally protect your machine, but I digress. One of the biggest problems with VirusTotal is that files are analyzed on the fly via a web based interface, and you can only analyze one file or directory at a time. PhrozenSoft VirusTotal Uploader is a unique desktop app for Windows that allows you to upload and analyze files with VirusTotal without even opening a web browser.

What is it and what does it do

Main Functionality

VirusTotal Uploader Scan Results Request [2]PhrozenSoft VirusTotal Uploader is a convenient desktop application that allows you to analyze files through VirusTotal without a web browser. You can drag and drop files into the window to automatically upload and scan them, and the application also places a minimal widget in the system tray. An additional feature allows you to scan running processes on your computer in order to check how safe they are.


PhrozenSoft VirusTotal Uploader Settings [3]Cons


Obviously, writing for Dottech has me using VirusTotal quite often. A tool like VirusTotal Uploader has the potential to be incredibly convenient. Adversely, even if you only analyze a file through VirusTotal every so often- this tool eliminates the need for a standard web browser.

PhrozenSoft Widget [4]The interface is pretty basic, but it’s also easy to use. In order to analyze a particular file, all you have to do is drag and drop it into the main window. VirusTotal Uploader also installs a desktop widget which acts as a small window that you can drag and drop files into. The widget can be moved anywhere on the desktop, but by default it appears in the lower right corner just above the system tray. Even when VirusTotal Uploader is closed (minimized) the widget remains active. You can always disable the widget too, if you decide you don’t really want it.

You can also upload files through the right click context menu in windows, or a standard open button within the application window. In total that’s like three different ways to upload files to the VirusTotal servers through the application.

You can analyze a single file or batch upload files through the app. Detailed logs for each file scan are offered including detection rate, status, date scanned, and more. The main UI is separated into three windows:

PhrozenSoft Running Services List [5]In addition to simple detection, there are several tools that offer advanced functionality.

If you happen to connect through a proxy, you can also set up a proxy from within the application settings. Personally, I don’t fiddle with proxies but it’s always good to know the feature exists- I know many of you out there do.

For reference, PhrozenSoft VirusTotal Uploader users about 9,100KB of RAM while running.

Conclusion and download link

PhrozenSoft VirusTotal Uploader Scan Results Page [6]All in all, PhrozenSoft VirusTotal Uploader is a very convenient way to analyze files through our beloved virus scanning service, VirusTotal. You can batch upload multiple files at once, or you can scan a single file at a time- it’s entirely up to you. It’s very easy to submit files too, you just drag and drop them into the main window, or the widget window. In addition, VirusTotal Uploader adds an option to the right click context menu so that you can even submit files through Windows Explorer. The additional scanning tools like the running processes analyzer are efficient and helpful. The bottom line is, this application is very light on resources, it works exactly as advertised, and it’s incredibly useful. VirusTotal Uploader is one tool that will definitely remain installed on all of my computers and I recommend it to all VirusTotal fans.

Price: Free

Version reviewed: 1.1.1

Supported OS: Windows (XP, Vista, Seven, Eight)

Download size: 2.43MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/43 [7]

Is it portable? No

PhrozenSoft VirusTotal Uploader homepage [8]