Malware Scanning Tool 'VirusTotal Uploader' Released for OS X

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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.
    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. kwokaaron macrumors 6502


    Sep 20, 2013
    No offense but that's one ugly looking software there...
  3. Matthew Yohe macrumors 68020

    Oct 12, 2006
    Is it just me or does this look like sketchy malware itself?
  4. omgitsbees macrumors member

    Jun 5, 2013
  5. pgiguere1 macrumors 68020


    May 28, 2009
    Montreal, Canada
    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. Crosscreek macrumors 68020


    Nov 19, 2013
    I loaded it and took a look and got rid of it. Not Apple validated.
  7. kiancheong macrumors member

    May 18, 2011
  8. quickcalibre macrumors regular


    Sep 20, 2013
    "“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"

    Um :-/
  9. nikicampos macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2011
    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. badNameErr macrumors regular

    Jun 13, 2007
    Above ground.
  11. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    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. 556fmjoe macrumors 65816

    Apr 19, 2014
    Signature based scanners are mostly pointless.
  13. prowlmedia macrumors 65816

    Jan 26, 2010
    Malware ain't a virus.
  14. furi0usbee macrumors 68000


    Jul 11, 2008
    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. AppleBiter macrumors newbie


    Jun 13, 2013
    :eek:I can't believe it's Google's product! Didn't inherit any of the Google's good blood of beauty!!
  16. AngerDanger macrumors 68020


    Dec 9, 2008
    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.
  17. KALLT macrumors 68040

    Sep 23, 2008
    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.
  18. na1577 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 20, 2008
    I know right! What does that even mean? :confused:
  19. Shookster macrumors regular

    Feb 16, 2009
    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?
  20. CylonGlitch macrumors 68030


    Jul 7, 2009
    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.
  21. robpow macrumors regular


    Feb 10, 2007
    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.
  22. Tsuius macrumors regular

    Jul 4, 2007
    Anything to do with Google could be classified as sketchy malware.
  23. mactumors macrumors 6502

    Aug 3, 2008
    Why? And is there any other kind?
  24. 556fmjoe macrumors 65816

    Apr 19, 2014
    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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