You probably know that you can use Virustotal's online service not only for scanning files for malicious contents but also website urls for that as well. The feature is not directly hidden on the Virustotal page but displayed beneath the large scan it button which makes it harder to see than the more obvious file scanning choice.
The url scanning works pretty much in the same way as scanning files on the site, only that you need to enter or paste an url into the form on it and not upload a file to it. Scans usually do not take long and the results are displayed for each url scanning service individually and in total.
What many users of Virustotal's url scanning service do not know is that you can display additional information provided by some of the scanning services under the additional information tab. Here you see the site's WOT or Webutation score, Alexa domain information, Dr. Web url classification and get links to full site check reports for a couple of services.
Here you also find website related information including the site's IP address, response header and Alexa daily reach graph.
Virustotal today announced that it has added two new url scanning services to its impressive list of supported services bringing the total to 35. The two new services, Quttera and ESET, are now integrated in the scanning engine and automatically queried when you check urls for malicious contents. Quttera is specialy in this regard as it is using a heuristic approach which may reveal malware that has not yet been identified as such by other scanning engines.
Quttera's url scanner is available as a standalone command line scanner for Windows as well. While not that comfortable to use and prone to false positives, it may spot malware that might slip past other scanners.
Trend Micro's and Antiy-AVL's web checker have received an update as well which, according to the announcement, should improve the detection rate of those two services
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