Normally we all have an antivirus software that resides on our computers to protect data files from malware. We have learned not to open attachments from unknown email addresses. But what if you want to get a second opinion on a suspicious email attachment? Can you do a virus scan on the email attachment?
How to do online scan email attachments for viruses
If you receive an email from someone who you feel suspicious about, contact Virus Total to view the attachment. Virus Total Online Virus Checking is an attempt by VT (Total Virus) for a better Internet
Scan email attachments using VirusTotal
Total Virus will scan the attachment through a different one protection software from malware and will send you information in response to e-mail your. The email will include information about the origin of the attachment.
Send attachments to VirusTotal
Here's a step-by-step guide to scanning the virus attachment online.
- Save the suspicious message as an attachment. In the Outlook, right-click the item and select Save as Attachment, then select its storage location
- Create a new email
- In the "To" field, type firstname.lastname@example.org
- If you want the results of Virus Total Online Scanner in plain text, write SCAN on the subject line. If you also need an XML version, write SCAN + XML in the subject line
- Attach the email you saved as an attachment
- Press the Send button.
You can also forward an email that you may have received with a suspicious attachment to email@example.com and write SCAN on the subject line.
The response from Total Virus will show you the results in the form you requested.
You can see the details of the suspicious message in the email. If you had selected SCAN + XML, you would receive a plain text message and an XML coded page. If you choose XML, it may take longer to process. So you should wait a bit.