VirusTotal is a free service that analyzes suspicious files and URLs and facilitates the quick detection of viruses, worms, trojans, and all kinds of malware. This (awesome) resource was brought to our attention by our friends at the LA District Attorney's Office / FBI Cyber Crimes Task Force. We tell clients all the time to think before they click, because you never know if clicking a link could cost your company a lot of money or lost data.

We wanted to share with you today a cool feature we’ve discovered a couple of months ago. I’m sure this has happened to you - you receive a suspicious email with an attachment from an unknown sender. It looks legit but if you don’t know the sender or the company they work with why would they be sending you an invoice?

Well, it happened to me. Then what did I do? Quickly forwarded the attachment – WITHOUT OPENING IT – to scan@virustotal.com with the subject line “SCAN”.  I also deleted everything written in the body of the email prior to sending. In a few minutes they emailed me back a report with the scanning of the suspicious attachment. In my case, they found nothing wrong with the file. But you just never know – better be safe than sorry never made so much sense, right?!

Side note: Virus Total also has a drag and drop feature in their desktop application for Macs. However, the ability to forward them an email and quickly receive a report back is the most effective for PCs.

Below are the screenshots of the email I received and the report Virus Total sent me.

Suspicious Email        

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Virus Total Scanning

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