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Virus Total - Scanning A URL


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#1 Hermesx

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Posted 30 August 2013 - 09:56 AM

So, I've been using virus total for a while to scan urls.

 

I had heard some good recommendations about it and I also wanted to feel more safe and secure while browsing sites that I had never used.

 

What are your thoughts on Virus Total? Do you feel that it provides users with an accurate conclusion on if a site is safe or not?

 

Also, a question about the Virus Total URL Scanner that I couldn't find on their FAQ page was when you scanned a url and the results came up, at the file scan section, I frequently get this notice "The URL response content could not be retrieved or it is some text format (HTML, XML, CSV, TXT, etc.), hence, it was not enqueued for antivirus scanning."

 

I am guessing that notice means there were no images or files at all besides text. Just want to make sure.

 


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Posted 30 August 2013 - 10:07 AM

I consider it a tool like most computer tools. It does a job the way the writer intended. Much like an AV or Anti-Malware app. This is why I also use other tools to create a multi-layered approach to site investigation. In addition to virustotals I use http://www.avgthreatlabs.com/website-safety-reports/ Then just for more information WOT and the other webutation based apps just to see what else might be a threat.

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Posted 30 August 2013 - 10:15 AM

I have heard both positive and negative reviews of WOT.

 

It is a web browser plugin unless I am mistaken?


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Posted 30 August 2013 - 10:16 AM

Here is another option I use for url scanning.

Zulu URL Risk Analyzer How safe is your web destination?

http://zulu.zscaler.com/



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Posted 30 August 2013 - 05:19 PM

I hadn't used WOT for some time. But now they are just a browser addon. It used to be a webpage as well as a firefox addon. Not sure I'd use the browser addon. Therefore I personally can't recommend it any longer.

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Posted 30 August 2013 - 08:18 PM


VirusTotal, a subsidiary of Google, is a free online service that analyzes files and URLs enabling the identification of viruses, worms, trojans and other kinds of malicious content detected by antivirus engines and website scanners. At the same time, it may be used as a means to detect false positives, i.e. innocuous resources detected as malicious by one or more scanners...VirusTotal...a tool that checks suspicious samples with several antivirus solutions and helps antivirus labs by forwarding them the malware they fail to detect...Very often antivirus solutions and URL scanners will produce false positives...VirusTotal simply acts as an information aggregator and cannot and will not be held responsible for these false positives. VirusTotal will not whitelist any files or URLs and will not remove any detections resulting from the normal operation of the products it makes use off. False positives should be dealt with the developer/company that offers the product generating the erroneous detection...

About VirusTotal

Jotti's malware scan is a free online service that enables you to scan suspicious files with several anti-virus programs. Scanners used are Linux versions; detection differences with Windows versions of the same scanners may occur due to implementation differences...

About Jotti Malware Scan

VirSCAN.org is a FREE on-line scan service, which checks uploaded files for malware, using antivirus engines, indicated in the VirSCAN list. On uploading files you want to be checked, you can see the result of scanning and the degree of uploaded files being dangerous...

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Posted 30 August 2013 - 08:18 PM

URL Link Scanners:-- I recommend using several different vendors when performing queries to confirm the results of page content. Even doing this, you still need to be cautions of other links on the page itself which can redirect to a malicious page.
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Posted 31 August 2013 - 08:52 AM

As Quiteman7 said,I'll recommend using several vendors,not just one,my person favorites are :
MyWot

http://global.sitesafety.trendmicro.com/ - Unable to HyperLink for some reason.



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Posted 04 September 2013 - 08:38 PM

I also like Webutation

You can just use the site link or download the browser extension for Chrome or add-on for Firefox


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