Sunday, January 15, 2012

VirusTotal: New interface, New file size limit, New back-end engine

VirusTotal recently introduced an update to the website.

  • 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.
  • 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:

The url scanner is now supporting a total of 19 different scan engines that includes a mix of well known (Google Safebrowsing, Opera, Phishtank) and lesser known services. Some url scanning services provide additional information that are now also displayed in the scan results.

Check out the new VirusTotal yourself


About VirusTotal

VirusTotal is a free online service that analyzes files and URLs enabling the identification of viruses, worms, trojans and other kinds of malicious content detected by antivirus engines and website scanners. At the same time, it may be used as a means to detect false positives, i.e. innocuous resources detected as malicious by one or more scanners.

VirusTotal’s mission is to help in improving the antivirus and security industry and make the internet a safer place through the development of free tools and services.


  1. Thanks for the heads-up. This is really good news.

  2. Hi Jimile you're welcome.
    Good to hear. Thanks for dropping in.

    I do not want my readers to be spammed by clicking unknown links that's why I publish posts after I check. You are important to me. I hope you, all readers, understand me. Have a good day free of virus ;)


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