Google's VirusTotal Uploader is a popular utility tool in the arsenal of the war against malware. For years, the program has made it easy for Windows users to submit files to the VirusTotal data base for quick scanning. It can scan images, files of running processes, trigger scans of remote URLs, and more. Now the program has been released for OS X, giving Mac users a quick and easy way to examine suspicious files.
VirusTotal Uploader requires OS X 10.7 and provides several handy features:
- Drag and drop a file to the VirusTotal Uploader in order to scan it with over 50 antivirus solutions.
- Drag and drop a folder to the VirusTotal Uploader and schedule the analysis of its content.
- Drag and drop a Mac application to the VirusTotal Uploader.
- Allows you to "Open With" in finder the VirusTotal Uploader to scan a file.
Google explicitly stated that this release was inspired by the increasing number of attacks directed at OS X.
You can pick up a free copy of TotalVirus Uploader for OS X right here.
Hopefully this will lead to VirusTotal receiving more Mac applications, diving deeper into an increasingly targeted OS by attackers and allowing antivirus companies and researchers making use of VirusTotal's backend to build stronger defenses against these threats.