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Old May 26, 2014, 08:34 PM   #1
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Malware Scanning Tool 'VirusTotal Uploader' Released for OS X




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.

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.
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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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Old May 26, 2014, 08:35 PM   #2
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No offense but that's one ugly looking software there...
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Old May 26, 2014, 08:35 PM   #3
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Is it just me or does this look like sketchy malware itself?
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Old May 26, 2014, 08:36 PM   #4
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I thought Macs didn't get viruses???
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Old May 26, 2014, 08:37 PM   #5
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This is free with no paid option and owned by Google.
I'd be afraid this is basically a spyware. Would it remove itself?

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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.
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Old May 26, 2014, 08:38 PM   #6
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I loaded it and took a look and got rid of it. Not Apple validated.
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Old May 26, 2014, 08:44 PM   #7
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Google subsidiary. Thanks!
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Old May 26, 2014, 08:53 PM   #8
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"“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 :-/
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Old May 26, 2014, 09:07 PM   #9
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Even the name is ugly, "VirusTotal UPLOADER" there are plenty of better words to use than "uploader" when you are talking about virus removal.
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Old May 26, 2014, 09:15 PM   #10
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Really? They didn't codesign it?
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Old May 26, 2014, 09:28 PM   #11
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I don't like how I have to do it manually. Is there any Automator/AppleScripting I could use to run it in the background on my Downloads folder automatically after I download something?
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Old May 26, 2014, 09:40 PM   #12
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Signature based scanners are mostly pointless.
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Old May 26, 2014, 09:44 PM   #13
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I thought Macs didn't get viruses???
Malware ain't a virus.
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Old May 26, 2014, 09:45 PM   #14
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Wow... they took about 5 minutes to design the UI for this app. And non-retina on top of it. LOL couldn't scan anything. It just hung there. It took me longer to write this post then I had the damn thing installed on my Mac.
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Old May 26, 2014, 09:54 PM   #15
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Old May 26, 2014, 09:56 PM   #16
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Old May 26, 2014, 10:11 PM   #17
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If anybody is looking for good anti-malware, I'd suggest checking out ClamXav on the App Store. As one would expect, it doesn't require you to upload individual files to a server for scanning.
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Old May 26, 2014, 10:28 PM   #18
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If anybody is looking for good anti-malware, I'd suggest checking out ClamXav on the App Store. As one would expect, it doesn't require you to upload individual files to a server for scanning.
If you want an app that monitors your system too, I’d recommend downloading ClamXav from the developer’s website instead. The App Store version does not contain the Sentry.

My personal favourite at the moment is Sophos Anti-Virus (also free). It monitors the system, including your browsing activity, has a very good detection rate and is pretty lightweight, unlike some other apps.
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Old May 26, 2014, 10:31 PM   #19
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Even the name is ugly, "VirusTotal UPLOADER" there are plenty of better words to use than "uploader" when you are talking about virus removal.
I know right! What does that even mean?
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Old May 26, 2014, 10:45 PM   #20
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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?
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I know right! What does that even mean?
I think that it uploads to their server and does the scanning remotely. Thus everything you put in there, they get a copy of. That's my guess; but it is only a guess.
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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.
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Is it just me or does this look like sketchy malware itself?
Anything to do with Google could be classified as sketchy malware.
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Signature based scanners are mostly pointless.
Why? And is there any other kind?
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Old May 26, 2014, 11:55 PM   #25
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Why? And is there any other kind?
It is not difficult to change a virus signature to avoid detection. There are actually services designed just for that purpose. They take a piece of malware and scan it to see if it is detectable by common AV programs. If it is, they encrypt it, sometimes more than once, and run the check again. Once it is undetectable, they give it to the customer. It's one of the larger criminal enterprises out there. Signature based detection will always be a step or two behind.

A better solution is to close the holes that malware uses to gain entry. Usually this is done by turning off or removing services and software you don't need, updating your software, and by being a smart user.

edit: Now, I did say "mostly useless" for a reason. Sig based AV is good for protection against lazy criminals and script kiddies, both of whom will typically not take advantage of the services I mentioned above.
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