Malware Scanning Tool 'VirusTotal Uploader' Released for OS X

Discussion in 'Mac Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, May 26, 2014.

  1. macrumors bot

    MacRumors

    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2001
    #1
    [​IMG]


    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.

    [​IMG]
    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.
    VirusTotal Uploader for OS X can be downloaded for free from the utility's official website.

    Article Link: Malware Scanning Tool 'VirusTotal Uploader' Released for OS X
     
  2. macrumors 6502

    kwokaaron

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2013
    #2
    No offense but that's one ugly looking software there...
     
  3. macrumors 68020

    Joined:
    Oct 12, 2006
    #3
    Is it just me or does this look like sketchy malware itself?
     
  4. macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2013
  5. macrumors 68020

    pgiguere1

    Joined:
    May 28, 2009
    Location:
    Montreal, Canada
    #5
    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

    ----------

    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.
     
  6. macrumors 68000

    Crosscreek

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2013
    Location:
    Margarittaville
    #6
    I loaded it and took a look and got rid of it. Not Apple validated.
     
  7. macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    May 18, 2011
  8. macrumors regular

    quickcalibre

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2013
    Location:
    London
    #8
    "“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 :-/
     
  9. macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2011
    #9
    Even the name is ugly, "VirusTotal UPLOADER" there are plenty of better words to use than "uploader" when you are talking about virus removal.
     
  10. macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2007
    Location:
    Above ground.
  11. macrumors 604

    Jessica Lares

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2009
    Location:
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    #11
    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? :p
     
  12. macrumors 65816

    556fmjoe

    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2014
    #12
    Signature based scanners are mostly pointless.
     
  13. macrumors 65816

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2010
    Location:
    London
    #13
    Malware ain't a virus.
     
  14. macrumors 65816

    furi0usbee

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2008
    #14
    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.
     
  15. macrumors P6

    MacDawg

    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2004
    Location:
    "Between the Hedges"
  16. macrumors newbie

    AppleBiter

    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2013
    #16
    :eek:I can't believe it's Google's product! Didn't inherit any of the Google's good blood of beauty!!
     
  17. macrumors 68000

    AngerDanger

    Joined:
    Dec 9, 2008
    Location:
    Male
    #17
    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.
     
  18. macrumors 68000

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2008
    #18
    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.
     
  19. macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2008
    #19
    I know right! What does that even mean? :confused:
     
  20. macrumors member

    Joined:
    Feb 16, 2009
    #20
    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?
     
  21. macrumors 68030

    CylonGlitch

    Joined:
    Jul 7, 2009
    Location:
    SoCal
    #21
    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.
     
  22. macrumors regular

    robpow

    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2007
    #22
    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.
     
  23. macrumors member

    Joined:
    Jul 4, 2007
    Location:
    GTA
    #23
    Anything to do with Google could be classified as sketchy malware.
     
  24. macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Aug 3, 2008
    #24
    Why? And is there any other kind?
     
  25. macrumors 65816

    556fmjoe

    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2014
    #25
    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.
     

Share This Page