[How To] Be Completely Sure If A File Is Free From Viruses

by Rohit Khurana on January 12, 2012


All of us have antivirus programs installed in our systems in order to detect the malicious files, spyware, malware and viruses. But sometimes when you download a file from the Internet and you have to run it and we are not sure whether or antivirus can detect a virus in this file you had no other option but to run it and check. But today I have got an application for you named X-Ray which will help you to analyze the file by as many as 31 antivirus companies (Avast, AVG, Avira, Bitdefender, CA, ClamAV, Comodo, Dr.Web, Emsisoft, ESET, Fortinet, F-Prot, F-Secure, Ikarus, K7Antivirus, Kaspersky, McAfee, Microsoft, Norman, nProtect, Panda, PC Tools, Prevx, Rising, SUPERAntiSpyware, Symantec, TheHacker, VBA32, Vipre, ViRobot, VirusBuster)so that you get to know all about the file from the most trusted antivirus companies of the world and whether to use it or not.


The application is very helpful as an antivirus application can’t always detect all the viruses and that is why they also depend on us to submit them various virus samples so that they can update their antivirus for the latest viruses that are their on the internet. Sometime there can be problems in submitting the files because every company has their own norms of submitting files for e.g. sometimes you have to submit the file in its raw format, sometime you have to zip it, some want it through the email and some require a special tool SUPERSampleSubmit to submit the files. It was very troublesome for you to submit files to multiple software firms until this application was created. This application automates the submission of files to all the 31 antivirus companies for analysis by professionals so that you are absolutely sure about using the file on your system.


X-Ray 1

This is the first window that will open when you will run the software for the first time after downloading and installing it. The software doesn’t require installation and will run directly from the exe file which you will get after extracting the ZIP file. The software has two options to select from analyse and settings. In the analyse tab you can drag and drop the file that you have to submit for review or you can also select the file from the Add Suspicious Button on the top left hand corner of the software.

After you add a file to this software you can select all the antivirus companies by selecting their checkboxes to which you want to submit the file for review. Click on the Get Recent VirusTotal Report to check if the file has been uploaded and scanned by Virus Total earlier also. If the result is Not Found then click on the Send to VirusTotal button to upload the file to VirusTotal. This means the file has not been uploaded and scanned in VirusTotal before, so before sending it’s recommended to upload and scan the file in the VirusTotal. If the scan reports from VirusTotal say that the file is clean doesn’t mean it is clean. It is still advisable to send the file to the antivirus companies using the Send For Analysis button.

X-Ray 2

The above window shows you the settings options in which you have to configure your email id in the From textbox. Test button is used to check whether the settings you have done are correct or not.

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