Kaspersky Application Advisor reveals information about files or programs online

Martin Brinkmann
May 30, 2013

Kaspersky's Application Advisor is a new service that provides you with options to look up information about any file or program in Kaspersky's vast file database.

You can enter a file name or checksum in MD5 or SHA1 format on the page, upload individual files with a size of up to 5 Megabytes, or browse the top 10, 100 or 1000 user requests on the site directly.

Top applications or search results display information such as the file name, vendor, client product, type and overall popularity of the product on the screen.

The file's or program's profile page provides you with detailed information about the product taken from Kaspersky's database.

Here you find listed the following information:

  • Overall security assessment.
  • User confidence in the product (trusted, low or high restrictions, do not trust) based on Kasperksy products.
  • Certificate information.
  • Detailed file information including size, version, date it has been added and checksums.
  • Geographic range (where users come from).
  • Number of users based on Kaspersky products.

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You can click on the vendor name here to display other files or programs linked to the company.

The information may be useful if you want to find out more about files that you found running on your system or have downloaded and want to analyze before you run it. Services like Virustotal may provide you with information whether those files are malicious or not, but the Application Advisor goes further than that. While it still tells you if a product is safe or not, it provides you with information about a file's popularity and how Kaspersky users are handling the file on their systems.

How to use

The fastest way is to enter the full file name in the form on the Kaspersky website. If the file is not in the database, you may still try its checksum instead (as it may have been renamed and thus cannot be identified) or upload it to the service if it has a size of 5 Megabytes or less.

You can use a program like MD5 Checksum Tool to generate MD5 and SHA-1 checksums that you can then copy and paste into the form on the Kaspersky Application Advisor website.

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You can paste the information on Virustotal as well to check the file there.


Kaspersky's Application Advisor is not reinventing the wheel, but it may help you retrieve additional information about a file or files you are interested in. This can be especially useful if you are not using Kaspersky products but want to find out how Kasperky users are handling the file on their systems.

This is definitely something that you may want to add to your bookmarks for safe keeping. (via)


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  1. ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Doesn’t Windows 8 know that www. or http:// are passe ?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on August 4, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      Well it is a bit difficulty to distinguish between name.com domains and files for instance.

    2. Leonidas Burton said on September 4, 2023 at 4:51 am

      I know a service made by google that is similar to Google bookmarks.

  2. VioletMoon said on August 16, 2023 at 5:26 pm

    @Ashwin–Thankful you delighted my comment; who knows how many “gamers” would have disagreed!

  3. Karl said on August 17, 2023 at 10:36 pm


    The comments section under this very article (3 comments) is identical to the comments section found under the following article:

    Not sure what the issue is, but have seen this issue under some other articles recently but did not report it back then.

  4. Anonymous said on August 25, 2023 at 11:44 am

    Omg a badge!!!
    Some tangible reward lmao.

    It sucks that redditors are going to love the fuck out of it too.

  5. Scroogled said on August 25, 2023 at 10:57 pm

    With the cloud, there is no such thing as unlimited storage or privacy. Stop relying on these tech scums. Purchase your own hardware and develop your own solutions.

    1. lollmaoeven said on August 27, 2023 at 6:24 am

      This is a certified reddit cringe moment. Hilarious how the article’s author tries to dress it up like it’s anything more than a png for doing the reddit corporation’s moderation work for free (or for bribes from companies and political groups)

  6. El Duderino said on August 25, 2023 at 11:14 pm

    Almost al unlmited services have a real limit.

    And this comment is written on the dropbox article from August 25, 2023.

  7. John G. said on August 26, 2023 at 1:29 am

    First comment > @ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    For the God’s sake, fix the comments soon please! :[

  8. Kalmly said on August 26, 2023 at 4:42 pm

    Yes. Please. Fix the comments.

  9. Kim Schmidt said on September 3, 2023 at 3:42 pm

    With Google Chrome, it’s only been 1,500 for some time now.

    Anyone who wants to force me in such a way into buying something that I can get elsewhere for free will certainly never see a single dime from my side. I don’t even know how stupid their marketing department is to impose these limits on users instead of offering a valuable product to the paying faction. But they don’t. Even if you pay, you get something that is also available for free elsewhere.

    The algorithm has also become less and less savvy in terms of e.g. English/German translations. It used to be that the bot could sort of sense what you were trying to say and put it into different colloquialisms, which was even fun because it was like, “I know what you’re trying to say here, how about…” Now it’s in parts too stupid to translate the simplest sentences correctly, and the suggestions it makes are at times as moronic as those made by Google Translations.

    If this is a deep-learning AI that learns from users’ translations and the phrases they choose most often – which, by the way, is a valuable, moneys worthwhile contribution of every free user to this project: They invest their time and texts, thereby providing the necessary data for the AI to do the thing as nicely as they brag about it in the first place – alas, the more unprofessional users discovered the translator, the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, the greater the aggregate of linguistically illiterate users has become, and the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, as it now learns the drivel of every Tom, Dick and Harry out there, which is why I now get their Mickey Mouse language as suggestions: the inane language of people who can barely spell the alphabet, it seems.

    And as a thank you for our time and effort in helping them and their AI learn, they’ve lowered the limit from what was once 5,000 to now 1,500…? A big “fuck off” from here for that! Not a brass farthing from me for this attitude and behaviour, not in a hundred years.

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