If you receive a file or link from somebody on the Internet and are not sure whether it is safe for you to open it, then it is always a good idea to first scan it for any viruses, worms and, malware. You can either scan a file/link using standards Antivirus software (like AVG) or even upload the suspect file or link the Virus Total website.
- Virus Total (a Google subsidiary) is a free website that allows you to quickly analyses suspicious files and URLs to detect viruses, worms, Trojans and other malware. Just upload a file or type the URL you wish to investigate and click on the Scan It button.
- Within a few seconds, Virus Total will analyses the file or URL and help you identify whether it is safe or not. The good thing about Virus Total is that uses multiple antivirus engines, website scanners, file and URL analysis tools and user contributions to help you decide whether a particular file or URL id safe or malicious. The results from all the scanners are aggregated and displayed on the same page, helping you make an educated decision.