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Online antivirus: how to use VirusTotal to scan files | Antivirus

VirusTotal is an online service that allows you to scan files for viruses, worms, trojans and other malware. The ideal tool for those who do not have an antivirus installed on their PC or would like a second opinion, to make sure that a file is not infected. The site is free, simple to use and requires no registration.

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In the following tutorial, check out how to use VirusTotal to scan files online. The procedure was carried out in the version of Chrome for macOS, but the tips also apply to users of PCs with Windows or Linux.

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Learn to scan files for viruses without installing anything Photo: Arte / TechTudo

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Step 1. Access the VirusTotal website (virustotal.com) and press the "Choose file" button;

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Access VirusTotal and click on the button indicated Photo: Reproduo / Helito Beggiora

Step 2. Now, locate the file you want to check and select "Choose" in the bottom right corner;

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Find the file you want to check Photo: Reproduo / Helito Beggiora

Step 3. Confirm the submission with "OK". This can take time, depending on the size of the file and the speed of your connection;

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Confirm sending the file for analysis Photo: Reproduo / Helito Beggiora

Step 4. Finally, wait for VirusTotal to perform the analysis. The overall result will be displayed at the top of the screen. Below, you can check the result of each antivirus in which the file was scanned.

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Result of online verification Photo: Reproduo / Helito Beggiora

Ready! Take advantage of tips for scanning files online using VirusTotal.

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