Security solutions and antivirus software

Kaspersky VirusDesk

Today we’re presenting Kaspersky VirusDesk, a free service developed by the Russian security firm. The service allows you to scan files or links for viruses or other threats.

Some of you might agree into having a resident antivirus solution installed. Especially on Windows operating systems, since they are more vulnerable to attacks like WannaCry etc. That doesn’t mean that online file scanners are not good as a second opinion regarding a file or link. Most of the online scanners have integrated multiple antivirus engines, an even better estimation of a file’s threat level.

Kaspersky VirusDesk description

Kaspersky VirusDesk

The two main functions of Kaspersky VirusDesk are:

  • scanning of one or multiple files (included archives)
  • the option to look up of the reputation of links

The status of threats are either safe, infected or suspicious.

  • if Kaspersky detects no threats, then the link or file(s) are Safe.
  • a file or link “may pose a threat in some cases”, then the Suspicious status may appear.
  • the link or file is marked as Infected if a threat has been identified.

You can drag and drop files directly into the web page, or use the attachment icon to use a file browser to load one. The scan uses the exact same engine as Kaspersky Antivirus solution for Windows. Another interesting feature of Kaspersky VirusDesk is the option to “disagree with the scan”. This might come handy for software developers who had their program identified as a threat by the online scanner. That way they can submit the file using the disagree option, leaving the Kaspersky Security Labs to analize it further.

If you want to scan multiple files, a better way to do that is to put them all into a password protected zip file.

There’s a downside though, since the maximum file size is limited to 50 MB. If by any chance you have a bigger file to scan, please use VirusTotal scanner, since it supports a 128 MB file size.

Conclusions about Kaspersky VirusDesk

The service is let down somewhat by the relatively low maximum file size it supports. Webmasters and software developers on the other hand may find it useful to deal with false positives that Kaspersky may identify in sites or programs. Use it wisely!

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