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How To Scan Files using VirusTotal by Sending An Email

In this tutorial, we will show you how files with VirusTotal can be scanned by sending an e-mail.  VirusTotal is a popular service for scanning files and URLs for viruses.  Here is how you can send file to VirusTotal and received scan report. You can attach multiple files in an e-mail and receive a separate VirusTotal report for each of those files. Before attempting this, please note that scanning files using VirusTotal by sending an e-mail

has some limitations. You can not send EXE or other executable files by e-mail. Also, the size of the email file has a limitation (such as 25 MB in Gmail).

Step 1: Open your e-mail account and compose a new e-mail. It does not matter if you are using Gmail, Outlook or another email service. This works with all such e-mail services.

Step 2: Now do the following:

  • Enter in the address of the recipient ” [email protected] ” as the e-mail address.
  • Type in the subject ” scan “.
  • Add the file (s) you want to check for VirusTotal report.

Send the e-mail. You will receive an e-mail within a few seconds or minutes.

Step 3: Open this e-mail and receive the following information: Date and time the file was processed for scanning with VirusTotal.

  • File name, size and File Hash (MD5 and SHA1).
  • List of antivirus software, along with the date of the file scan and the antivirus version. Just next to the name of each antivirus program you will see whether the file has been detected as harmful or nothing for that file.

Use the steps above to scan other supported files for viruses.

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