Google releases VirusTotal tool for OS X to scan suspicious files

The word 'virus' gets a great deal of attention these days and Google, being the biggest driver of Internet traffic, wants to keep its roads clean.


The company has announced the release of the VirusTotal Uploader for OS X which allows Mac users to upload suspicious files for scanning, reports The Next Web. Users can download the 8.52 MB heavy app directly for the OS X 10.8 and 10.9 from VirusTotal.


Windows OS users are already familiar with the popular online scanning service and would know the simple process. VirusTotal operates by accepting requests for virus checks, running every available protection software on the questioned document or pages, then distributing the results to security vendors. With its simple drag and drop feature it makes it easier for users run suspicious files with over 50 antivirus solutions.


Google had acquired VirusTotal way back in September 2012 and promised VirusTotal the independence of operation. The Mac version of this service will allow VirusTotal to receive more Mac experience and tackle the OS-specific attacks. OS X sees significantly fewer viruses built specifically for the platform, because of its low market share in comparison to Windows.

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