4 Ways To Scan Suspicious Files/Email Attachments Online Using Virus Total

virustotal-logoMany times we receive an email containing some attachments which look suspicious. You might have come across some unknown files in your USB pen drive. Such files gets created automatically when transfer data to/from your USB drive at public places colleges, cyber cafes, etc.

Having a good and updated antivirus program running on your PC is nice but its not wise to play with suspicious files, particularly when your system have important data. In such situations you can use an online service – VirusTotal.

About VirusTotal

Virustotal is a free and independent service that analyzes suspicious files and try to detect viruses, worms, trojans, and all kinds of malware detected by other antivirus engines. They use multiple antivirus engines (36 at the time of writing this post) to scan submitted files.


Four Ways To Use VirusTotal

#1. Online Uploader

This is what you will see on their homepage. A simple file upload form. Good options to use with suspicious files on your hard-drive or USB.


Just select a file and hit upload. Your file will be sent to their server for analysis.


If submitted file is large you will see upload progress bar as well.

Once file is uploaded, you will be redirected to analysis report page for that file. Here is an example report page.


Scanning and reporting happens instantly in most cases! Reason will be explained shortly. πŸ˜‰


#2. Email Files As Attachment

You can use send files as email attachment to their email address: [email protected]. Write word “SCAN” (without quotes) in email subject line and keep body part of your email blank.

This is good option to use with email attachments you receive online. Just forward your email to [email protected]. Do not forget to edit subject line to “SCAN” and remove body-part completely. It will be foolish to download suspicious files to your PC and then upload again them to VirusTotal using way #1.

Only limitation of this way is you can not send files larger than 20MB.

#3. VirusTotal Uploader Tool (for windows only)


This is small utility, just 80KB in size, available for windows only.

After installing this, you can directly submit any file to VirusTotal using context-menu as shown below.


#4. Hash Search (Geeks way!)

I mentioned above that in most cases, scanning and reporting happens instantly. This is because file you are submitting might be submitted already in past by someone else.


VirusTotal computes checksum values for each submitted file using MD5, SHA-1, SHA-256 and SHA-512 functions. These checksum values are unique for each file. So when you submit a file, VirusTotal first compute checksum for it. For common files, these hash values will likely match with another hash values from database. In that case, you will be redirected to results page directly.

Now if you have large file, you can save your time by computing hash locally using MD5 or openssl command on Linux/Mac. For Windows there must be some software to compute MD5/SHA hash values. Just google it.

Snytax: $ MD5 <filename>

Once you get hash value, copy it,Β  just go to this page, paste it there and hit search!

If you do not find any result, then that only means, file you are having is never submitted for analysis in past. In this case, just try any of above method.

Links: VirusTotal | VirusTotal Uploader | Hash Search


Remix Your Photos Using PhotoFunia!

Many of us want to learn Photoshop for many reasons, but of course we do not have that much of time for such things, there are lot of other things to do. So if you want to create amazing effects without use of Photoshop, then here is a site that has a big list of pre-defined backgrounds and effects to add in your pictures., which was formerly known as, offers a free online service to remix your pictures. This service has following features-

Photofunia Features:

  • No need to sign-up
  • Tons of special effects, from artsy to fun
  • Very fast service, available right in your browser
  • Works on Mac, Windows, and Linux
  • No download required, nothing to install
  • Create Effects Using Face Detection Technology
  • Most importantly, it’s all free πŸ˜‰ !

Check out preview of some cool effects below-


If you are looking too, to remix your photos, but don’t know much about photo editing tool or cannot do so keeping in mind time constraint, then PhotoFunia is for you. πŸ™‚


[Editors Note: This post is by our co-blogger Prateek from Go Hi-Tech where he writes about Technology.

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Blog.Co.In Pays you for Blogging! Yesterday I saw a Google ad on Devilsworkshop about Blog.Co.In. I found that the user interface of Blog.Co.In just like Blogger or WordPress but since it’s powered by wordpress, we can call it as the Indian version of wordpress. πŸ˜‰ While the dashboard is just like the wordpress itself, the major difference is that you can write your blog in English as well as Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Punjabi, Bengali & Gujarati.

But that is not all, there are several other reasons that make bloggers switch/ start their blog with It is their bonus program in which they assure to pay you bonus money by adding their own adsense ads. But your blog should qualify for their bonus program.

Here are a quick highlight on the criteria, your blog shall get paid upon:

  • It must be atleast 30 days old
  • Should have a minimum of 100 posts published with at least 500 words in each post
  • Should have at least 50 approved non-spam comments (Do not count Pingbacks and Trackbacks)
  • Should have your original content (NO free articles / NO copy-paste from internet)
  • Strictly follow their content policy
  • Does not violate any copyrights.

The minimum amount is Rs 1500/- and the upper limits depends on your blog and is not fixed. So, if you are a blogger and you are planning to start your own blog and want a fixed monthly income, then you can choose to blog at Blog.Co.In rather than using any other blogging platform and using your own ads.

Link: Blog.Co.In

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SignalMap: Locate Cell Phone Coverage in your Area

signalmap Did you ever wanted to know what level of network efficiency you would get in the place you are visiting this weekend, or you are shifting to a new house and want to know whether your operator has network coverage in that area?

Then is a service only for you. πŸ˜‰ Using this β€˜free’ service, any one residing in the US, UK, Japan, Canada, Australia and Germany can check out the network strength of different operators at different places just by sitting in front of their computer screen. All you need to do is just browse SignalMap’s page and fill out the required data. That’s it! Another good thing about signalmap is that, you can even add your signal on their database so that other users can easily know about your area too. πŸ™‚ If anyone knows about availability of such services for other countries too, please do let us know.

Link: Signal Map

Related: Get SMS Alerts for your favorite feeds!

(Via MakeUseOf)


3 Ways To Make Money Online Without Any Blog/Website

Easy Ways to Earn without a BlogThis topic might seem a bit awkward, since its the big bloggers that are successful in making money from their blogs. Many people have been asking me recently about alternative to AdSense. So, I thought that maybe I should share a few interesting and working money making techniques. In fact these help me a lot to earn and guess what, they are easier than you can imagine. And you might be even surprised to know that thousands of people are earning quite a lot this way.

To start with I am going to tell you about 3 advertising companies which is really making a change in the Lives of advertisers and the people receiving them.

So, here it goes…Who Needs AdSense? πŸ˜‰

1) RUPEEMAIL: This is a really nice one. This company is paying you for receiving Join RupeeMailadvertisements based upon your personal preferences. They give upto Rs. 2 for every ads you get. Just think How much you can earn by receiving 100 ads in a month. They are also paying you Rs. 2 for each friend you refer. This is where I actually make all the money. The payment is sent through checks.


  • You will also get Rs. 2 for each friend you refer
  • You get special discount coupons on various items

My Earnings – Rs 207 approx Weekly.

Link : Click to Sign Up with Rupeemail

2) MGINGER (the best one): This service is similar to Rupeemail. The difference is that the advertisements are send to your mobile through 140 char SMS. Not only that, you also get various offers like free talktime, ringtones, etc. Also you get discount coupons for stores near you. You will also be paid when you refer it to your friends.


  • You will also be paid when your friends join through you.
  • You will also get paid when your friend’s friend join. (I really like this one)
  • You can send free SMS to any mobile all across the country

My Earnings – Rs 360 approx Weekly.

Link : Click to Sign Up with Mginger.

3) YOUMINT : This is a combo. You will be getting advertisement according to your choice through e-mail as well a SMS. I like their ads because they are really useful and unique. They also run free talktime and other offers like Miginger. Plus there are bumper offers in festive seasons like Diwali etc.


  • You will also be paid when your friends join through you.
  • You will also get paid when your friend’s friend join. (I really like this one)
  • You can create your own wallpapers and upload them and get paid when people download them.
  • There have nice collection of wallpapers, ringtones etc to download for free.
  • You can send free SMS to any mobile all across the country.

My Earnings – Rs 300 approx Weekly.

Link : Click to Sign Up with YouMint.

My Total Income
: Rs (207+360+300) 867 approx per Week.

Proof of Income
: Now, most people don’t believe what others say. So have a look at my last week’s checks and this week’s account screenshots. After all, seeing is believing!




Happy Earnings!! Enjoy!!