Winja Virustotal Uploader for Windows

Martin Brinkmann
May 9, 2016
Updated • May 9, 2016

Winja is a redesigned version of Phrozensoft's classic Virustotal Uploader that has been released as a release candidate build recently.

Virustotal is without doubt one of the go-to services when it comes to scanning a file for viruses online. Its appeal is mainly based on the fact that it is using dozens of antivirus engines in file verifications. Instead of just relying on a single engine, it uses the collective intelligence of many. The main gain from this is that it is more likely that viruses get identified correctly.

The service itself maintains an uploader for Windows systems that you can make use of to send files directly from your local system to the service. The most recent version of it displays the list of running processes that you can send to the service right away.

Winja Virustotal Uploader

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Winja needs to be installed on the system before you can start using it. The installer is clean however and does not push third-party offers.

The program displays its main functions right after start on the Home screen. There you find listed the following core options:

  • Select a file that you want Virustotal to scan. The file is uploaded automatically and scan results are displayed afterwards, all without leaving the program interface.
  • Download and scan to enter a file url directly. Winja will download the file to the local system, save it with a fake extension, and submit it to Virustotal for scanning afterwards.
  • Quick process scan displays the list of running processes so that you can pick one for a scan on Virustotal.

All selected files, downloads or processes are moved to the running scan tasks tab where they are listed. Tasks are moved to the session scan results tab if scans are successful and remain otherwise in the tasks listing from where you can restart the task or remove it.

Winja displays a toast notification when a report is available. You may disable that option in the program settings, or limit notifications if at least one of the scan engines detected an infection.

Each engine is listed with its name, version, last time of update, and result if it has detected malicious code in the file.

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You can't sort files by result though which would be helpful as you may need to scroll right now to look at the hits.

The program ships with a set of extra tools which require administrative rights. These have been part of the company's Virustotal Uploader application as well but they have been improved in Winja.

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The first change is that additional information are displayed for each entry under Process Viewer. The program lists the information about the user, architecture, description and company name now.

The tree structure is another new feature which highlights process dependencies.

You can right-click on any process to submit it to Virustotal for scanning, kill it, open its properties or additional information (by selecting open in palette). These additional information reveal loaded modules and opened files of the process.

Task Scheduler displays the list of configured tasks and their state while Windows Startup and Registered Services do the same for startup programs and Windows Services.

Each entry can be submitted to Virustotal for scanning, and options are provided to delete entries or change their state.

Comparison to Phrozensoft Virustotal Uploader

Winja resembles Phrozensoft's previous program Virustotal Uploader in many regards. While functionality is nearly the same, there are a couple of differences that users of the previous program may want to know about.

One thing that is missing in the new program is the widget that allowed you to drag and drop files onto it to have them scanned by Virustotal.

Other options that the new version does not support right now include the old version's Incognito Mode which prevented the generation of activity logs, and the automatic opening of results in a web browser.

Information have been improved however and since this is only an initial version, it is possible that the remaining features are added at a later point in time.


Here are a couple of tips to get you started:

  1. You may want to disable the notifications that the program displays when scan reports are available or errors are noticed during the upload. You can disable them with a click on Phrozen > Program Settings.
  2. The program does not add a quick file scan option to Windows Explorer anymore by default. You can enable it in the Program Settings.
  3. You can add your own Virustotal API key if you have one there as well.
  4.  You can check the progress of any file or url by checking the running scan tasks or session scan results tabs.
  5. A right-click on a file in the results listing enables you to open its result page on the Virustotal website. This can be useful to check on the positive hits that Virustotal reported. It is however possible to double-click a file in the program to display the scan results right in the interface.

Closing Words

Winja is a feature rich Virustotal Uploader for Windows devices. The program is available as a free download from the developer website.

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  1. Dan Donx said on January 15, 2023 at 10:29 am

    What mental age of reader are you targeting with the first sentence? 10?

    Why not write an article on how to *avoid* upgrading from W10 to W11. Analogous to those like me who avoided upgrading from 7 to 10 for as long as possible.

    If your paymaster Microsoft permits it, of course.

  2. Dexter said on January 15, 2023 at 11:14 am

    5. Rufus
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    PS. I hate reading these “SEO optimized” articles.

    1. cdr said on January 15, 2023 at 3:32 pm

      I used Rufus to create an installer for a 6th gen intel i5 that had MBR. It upgraded using Setup. No issues except for Win 11 always prompting me to replace my local account. Still using Win 10 Pro on all my other PCs to avoid the bullying.

  3. sv said on January 15, 2023 at 6:40 pm

    bit pointless to upgrade for the sake of upgrading as you never know when you’ll get locked out because ms might suddenly not provide updates to unsupported systems.

    ps…. time travelling?
    written. Jan 15, 2023
    Updated • Jan 13, 2023

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on January 16, 2023 at 5:49 am

      This happens when you schedule a post in WordPress and update it before setting the publication date.

  4. Anonymous said on January 16, 2023 at 8:24 am

    Anyone willing to downgrade to this awful OS must like inflicting themselves with harm.

  5. basingstoke said on January 16, 2023 at 11:18 am

    I have become convinced now that anybody who has no qualms with using Windows 11/10 must fit into one of the following brackets:

    1) Too young to remember a time before W10 and W11 (doesn’t know better)

    2) Wants to play the latest games on their PC above anything else (or deeply needs some software which already dropped W7 support)

    3) Doesn’t know too much about how computers work, worried that they’d be absolutely lost and in trouble without the “”latest security””

    4) Microsoft apologist that tries to justify that the latest “features” and “changes” are actually a good thing, that improve Windows

    5) Uses their computer to do a bare minimum of like 3 different things, browse web, check emails, etc, so really doesn’t fuss

    Obviously that doesn’t cover everyone, there’s also the category that:

    6) Actually liked W7 more than 10, and held out as long as possible before switching, begrudgingly uses 10 now

    Have I missed any group off this list?

    1. Heinz Strunk said on September 19, 2023 at 3:57 pm

      You have missed in this group just about any professional user that uses business software like CAD programs or ERP Programs which are 99% of all professional users from this list.

      Linux doesn’t help anyone who is not a linux kid and apple is just a fancy facebook machine.

  6. ilev said on August 24, 2023 at 7:34 pm

    Microsoft has removed KB5029351 update

    1. EP said on August 24, 2023 at 9:21 pm

      only from windows update though
      KB5029351 is still available from the ms update catalog site

  7. Anonymous said on August 24, 2023 at 11:05 pm

    1. This update is labaled as PREVIEW if it causes issues to unintelligent people, then they shouldn’t have allowed Preview updates ot install.

    2. I have installed it in a 11 years old computer, and no problems at all.

    3. Making a big drama over a bluescreen for an updated labeled as preview is ridiculous.

    This is probably another BS internet drama where people ran programs and scripts that modified the registry until they broke Windows, just for removing stuff that they weren’t even using just for the sake of it.
    Maybe people should stop playing geeks and actually either use Windows 10 or Windows 11, but don’t try to modify things just for the sake of it.

    Sometimes removing or stopping things (like defender is a perfect example) only need intelligence, not scripts or 3rd party programs that might mess with windows.

  8. john said on August 24, 2023 at 11:17 pm

    Windows 11 was a pointless release, it was just created because some of the Windows team wanted to boost sales with some sort of new and improved Windows 10. Instead, Microsoft cannot support one version well let alone two.

    1. John G. said on August 25, 2023 at 12:08 pm

      Windows 11 is the worst ugly shame by Microsoft ever. They should release with every new W11 version a complete free version of Starallback inside just to make this sh** OS functionally again.

  9. EP said on August 25, 2023 at 3:10 pm

    motherboard maker MSI has recently released a statement regarding the “unsupported processor” blue screen error for their boards using Intel 600/700 series chipsets & to avoid the KB5029351 Win11 update:–UNSUPPORTED-PROCESSOR–Error-Message-of-Windows-11-Update-KB5029351-Preview-142215

  10. EP said on August 29, 2023 at 7:32 pm

    check out the following recent articles:

    Neowin – Microsoft puts little blame on its Windows update after UNSUPPORTED PROCESSOR BSOD bug:

    BleepingComputer – Microsoft blames ‘unsupported processor’ blue screens on OEM vendors:

  11. Leonard Britvolli said on August 30, 2023 at 10:33 pm

    While there may be changes or updates to the Windows 10 Store for Business and Education in the future, it is premature to conclude that it will be discontinued based solely on rumors.

  12. sembrador said on September 5, 2023 at 9:32 pm

    My advice, I left win 15 years ago. Now I’m a happy linux user (linuxmint) but there is Centos, Fedora, Ubuntu depending on your needs.

  13. EP said on September 6, 2023 at 11:55 am

    motherboard maker MSI has recently released new BIOS/firmware updates for their Intel 600 & 700 series motherboards to fix the “UNSUPPORTED_PROCESSOR” problem (Sept. 6):–UNSUPPORTED-PROCESSOR–caused-BSOD-on-MSI-s-Intel-700-and-600-Series-Motherboards-142277

  14. Raphael Benzo said on September 24, 2023 at 9:52 pm

    I try to disable the Diagnostics Tracking Service (Connected Devices Platform User Services) but it wont let me disable it, any help will be greatly appreciated.
    Tank you for your help

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