Jan
15
2012

VirusTotal gets updated, file size limit increased to 32 MB and new interface

This article was not written by the team at Technically Motivated. It was quoted heavily from a similar post from dotTech.org; which itself was based on a posting from the VirusTotal blog; and has been reprinted here under the terms permitted by the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license the original work was licenced under. Technically Motivated makes no claim of ownership for this article.

VirusTotal is an awesome website. If you don't know about it already, you have been missing out on life — VirusTotal allows users to scan a file with 40+ anti-virus/anti-malware engines. VirusTotal recently introduced an update to the website. This update brings many goodies. Let's take a look at what they are:

  • New interface. VirusTotal has a new interface; it is more modern and streamlined.
  • New file size limit. In the past VirusTotal only accepted files that were 20 MB or smaller in size. That limit has now been increased to 32 MB. Oh happy days.
  • New back-end engine. VirusTotal has now been migrated to Google Apps Engine. This basically means VirusTotal runs on Google's cloud services. For most of us normal users, it makes no difference if VirusTotal is running on Google Apps Engine or some other cloud service. However Google Apps Engine allows VirusTotal to scale better when the need arises, ensuring a better service level; plus scans and analyzes should now be faster thanks to Google's infrastructure.
  • Other changes. Aside from the major changes mentioned above, other changes include:
    • Thanks to HTML5, VirusTotal now computes the hash of files locally thus if you are looking to scan a file that has already been scanned by VirusTotal, you don't have to upload the file before you are given the ability to view the older scan results.
    • The URL scanner uses more engines now, bringing the total to 19.
    • Releasing version 2 of the public API, improving responsiveness among other things.
    • And more.

Hit up the link below to check out the new VirusTotal yourself:

VirusTotal homepage

[via VirusTotal Blog]

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