Malware Scanning Tool 'VirusTotal Uploader' Released for OS X

Monday May 26, 2014 5:34 PM PDT by Richard Padilla
Google subsidiary VirusTotal announced (via The Next Web) and launched a version of its VirusTotal Uploader for OS X, bringing the popular malware scanning tool to Apple's platform for the first time.

virustotal_uploader
After a quick installation, the program allows users to drag and drop any file, folder, or application to perform a malware scan. VirusTotal Uploader utilizes over 50 different databases to search for any traces of malware.
Hopefully this will lead to VirusTotal receiving more Mac applications, diving deeper into an increasingly targeted OS by attackers and allowing antivirus companies and researchers making use of VirusTotal's backend to build stronger defenses against these threats.
VirusTotal Uploader for OS X can be downloaded for free from the utility's official website.

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22 weeks ago
Is it just me or does this look like sketchy malware itself?
Rating: 36 Votes
22 weeks ago
No offense but that's one ugly looking software there...
Rating: 21 Votes
22 weeks ago
Even the name is ugly, "VirusTotal UPLOADER" there are plenty of better words to use than "uploader" when you are talking about virus removal.
Rating: 20 Votes
22 weeks ago
I loaded it and took a look and got rid of it. Not Apple validated.
Rating: 11 Votes
22 weeks ago
This is free with no paid option and owned by Google.
I'd be afraid this is basically a spyware. Would it remove itself? :p

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I thought Macs didn't get viruses???


They don't but they can get other kinds of malware like trojans or keyloggers. I guess they didn't want to create a new brand for the OS X version of their existing software.
Rating: 10 Votes
22 weeks ago
"“VirusTotalUploader” can’t be opened because it is from an unidentified developer.

Your security preferences allow installation of only apps from the Mac App Store and identified developers.

“VirusTotalUploader” is on the disk image “VirusTotalUploader_1.0.dmg”. Google Chrome downloaded this disk image today at 01:51 from www.virustotal.com."

Um :-/
Rating: 10 Votes
22 weeks ago
Signature based scanners are mostly pointless.
Rating: 7 Votes
22 weeks ago
Really? They didn't codesign it?
Rating: 7 Votes
22 weeks ago
I get the impression this was made by a Windows developer with virtually no Mac experience but his UI toolkit can be compiled for Mac so no-one's going to notice, right?
Rating: 5 Votes
22 weeks ago
This is not a malware scanner in the traditional sense. This is a tool that you can use when you have already identified a suspect file and want to have it checked by as many malware scanning engines as possible. It's more of a researcher's tool I'd say.
Rating: 5 Votes

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