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To upload a file to VirusTotal, you can visit the home site and use the main file scan form. You can make this process even easier with the free VirusTotal Uploader utility. After installing it, you can simply right-click any file under 32MB and choose VirusTotal from the Send To Windows menu. The scan results will be displayed in your browser as usual.

Enough! I am sick and tired of reading, just let me install the utility, I will figure out alone how it works.

Contents

Audience
Getting started
Sending files to VirusTotal
Scanning running processes
Fetching and scanning online files

Audience

This document is intended for any user that wants to learn how to use VirusTotal Uploader. A simple Microsoft Windows Desktop application that makes the interaction with VirusTotal as easy as a right-click. No technical background is required in order to understand the document.

Thus, this document is intended for Microsoft Windows users.

Getting started

The first thing you must do is to install the application itself, you can do this by clicking on the following link:

Install VirusTotal Uploader

Execute the program and the installation process will begin:

Click on I Agree and then on the Next button:

Now choose the destination folder of the application, i.e. where it will be installed, and click on Install:

Once the setup has ended you can close the installation window. If you selected the option of creating a desktop shortcut you should now see it in your desktop.

Sending files to VirusTotal

With VirusTotal uploader this task could not be easier, just right-click on the file you wish to upload and select the VirusTotal option from the Send To context menu:

You may also run VirusTotal uploader (by clicking on its desktop shortcut icon for example) and click on the Select file(s) and upload button:

Even easier, just select the files you want to upload and drag them to VirusTotal Uploader's window.

Note that you can also use VirusTotal uploader from the command-line, you just have to provide one or more files as arguments:

C:\path\to\vt\uploader\VirusTotalUpload2.exe file_to_upload.exe

Scanning running processes

Some malware samples keep running in the system as ordinary processes, it is what the antivirus industry calls active malware. VirusTotal uploader includes a feature to help users in identifying active malware, the Upload process executable button. When clicked, VirusTotal uploader will try to find and read the process' image file and send it to VirusTotal.

Fetching and scanning online files

Another handy option will have VirusTotal fetch and scan an online file without you even having to download it first. Type in the URL, or right-click it and choose "Copy link location" to cut and paste it, and then click the Get and upload button. The file will skip through your computer's memory, but will never be saved to your hard drive (by default). You will get the usual list of results and can then decide whether you want the download.

VirusTotal uploader can also be configured to download the files to a temp folder and remove them later or to store them in a specific location by clicking on the Options button.

Since the vast majority of malware infections start with a web download or e-mail attachment, we believe the Get and upload option can prove itself very useful for users.