[URL scanning] Any decent Virustotal alternatives?

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  1. m00nbl00d

    m00nbl00d Registered Member

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    VirusTotal has been down for quite a few hours now. I used the service http://www.downforeveryoneorjustme.com/ to check its status, and it reports as being down, so not an issue on my side.

    Anyway, I'm wondering if you folks know of any good valid alternative to VT to scan URLs (to scan files such as docs, exes, etc)? I know of NoVirusThanks.org service, but somewhat limited in its offering, though.

    Are you familiar with any other? o_O I'm just looking for alternatives, for those times when VT may be down, just like today... lol


    Thank you
     
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  2. kupo

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    I didn't read the post, lol
     
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    -http://linkscanner.explabs.com/linkscanner/avg/default.aspx-
     
  4. m00nbl00d

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    Thank you. I'm familiar with that one. I should have been more specific. I'm talking about scanning URLs pointing to files such as docs, exes, etc...

    LinkScanner is more specific for exploits.

    Sorry about that. :oops:

    -edit-

    Basically, instead of downloading the file and then uploading to whatever service, I'd simply supply the URL so that the service fetches the file.
     
  5. m00nbl00d

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    Well, I found a page from DrWeb that allows to scan URLs. Together with NoVirusThanks.org it's one more eye. :D

    -http://online.us.drweb.com/?url=1
     
  6. J_L

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    URLVoid (also with AV Engines) and IPVoid are not limiting compared to VirusTotal. It's VT that's limiting comparing the sources.

    Anubis can help as well.
     
  7. m00nbl00d

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    I mentioned a service like Virus Total that will fetch the file from the URL, and then give the option to analyze the file with the scanners. Virus Total has 43 scanners.

    NoVirusThanks.org only has 9 scanners. Not to mention it takes a hell lot more time to finish a scan, for the same file. o_O

    IPvoid only checks IPs, not URLs, and therefore it won't check files.
     
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    I thought we're talking about URLs, not downloaded files.
     
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    When VirusTotal doesn't work, like today, or when I want a second opinion, I use Jotti: http://virusscan.jotti.org . It scans submitted files with 20 AV.

    Pat

     
  10. m00nbl00d

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    Yes, I'm aware of such service. But, it's needed to actually download the file(s) first. VT has the advantage of fetching the files in our behalf, and then we can scan them.

    I just wish there were more services with the same/better features that VT has.
     
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    Oh I see, I had misunderstood your need. I had never used VT as a URL scanner, I didn't even know it could do that :)

    I don't know of another one, sorry.
     
  12. m00nbl00d

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    Has anyone been experiencing issues with VT lately? Sometimes it works, but many times I get Error 118 (net::ERR_CONNECTION_TIMED_OUT): The operation timed out.. It has been lasting for weeks now.

    Quite frustrating, considering that there's no service like VT (not with the same amount of scanners).
     
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    try virscan and novirusthanks
    i'm one dialup i'm sure if that what are you Looking for
    i'm barely able to open wilderssecurity
     
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    Virscan was down for a long time if i'm not wrong. And it used to be slow as hell. Maybe the best afterall is Jotti, fewer engines but the good ones, VT is full of low-detection AVs with lots of FPs that confuse you
     
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    Interesting. At this page, you may see that Vcan offers a scanning service that makes use of no less than 24 scanner, but whenever I scan a file, it only scans with 9 (Avast, AVG, Avira AntiVir, ClamAV, Comodo, Emsisoft, F-Prot, Ikarus and TrendMicro). This is weird. I wonder if they no longer have a partnership with those other services and forgot to update their information.
     
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    They don't provide url scanning but OPSWAT's Metascan is nice also.
    Metascan offers a 16AV scan of max. 40 MB files (instead of 25 at VT) and either there's not much load or a decent server setup because I rarely have to wait long for a scan.
    Engines from avast, avg, ca, clamwin, eset, f-prot, f-secure, k7, kingsoft, mcafee, norman, quickheal, sophos, sunbelt, symantec and virusbuster. link
     
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    I've actually been playing with it for a few weeks now, considering it offers more scanners than NoVirusThanks, and VT has more days that it doesn't work than those that it does, from my experience :( , and it works really fast, as you you pointed.

    Hopefully they will implement an URL scanning. I just hope they won't become a victim of their own success, though. :argh:
     
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    No Avira, Emsisoft/Ikarus, Bitdefender/Gdata, Kaspersky, DrWeb o_O
     
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    Dr.Web also has a web browser Addon (Dr.Web LinkChecker).

    http://www.freedrweb.com/linkchecker/?lng=en
     
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