As OS X gains in popularity with Users, OS X is also gaining popularity with evil-doers. The days of operating your Mac without considering and using security measures are well over. To that end, programs like VirusTotal Uploader have been developed to help your Mac stay safe.
Downloading programs from the Internet, to me has always been a crap-shoot. If you are lucky, the program downloaded will be clean of evil code; if not, you pretty much have invited a nasty computer guest into your OS X operating system. VirusTotal Uploader is designed to help you sort out any unintended evil code. Simply download VirusTotal Uploader here. Install the program like you would any other Mac program by dragging and dropping the app from its opened dmg file to your Application’s folder.
VirusTotal Uploader works as the name implies, the item you want scanned is uploaded to VirusTotal where the item is scanned by 50 anti-virus solutions. The progress of the scanning, and the result are relayed back to the VirusTotal Uploader desktop program. VirusTotal uploader can scan files, folders, and applications. Here is a screen shot of the program “opened”:
To begin a scan, you can drag and drop a file, folder, or application to the VirusTotal Uploader, or use the “Open With” function in your Finder. For Mac OS X 10.8 and above.
This program is a “must have” for your OS X security tool box.