Well known security company Kaspersky has launched a new online service called Kaspersky Application Advisor which provides users with vital information about files and/or programs included in Kaspersky’s massive database. We already have several useful services which check for malicious intent by scanning files through multiple anti-virus engines – notably Virus Total and Jotti. – but Kaspersky Application Advisor takes that concept several paces further.
As well as providing an overall security assessment, Kaspersky Application Advisor also presents users with the following information:
- User confidence in the product (Trusted, Low or High restrictions, Do not trust)
- Certificate information
- End user geographic range
- Number of users
- Detailed file information including size, version, date added, and checksums
Of course, all statistics are restricted to information extracted from the Kaspersky user database.
Check files/programs using Kaspersky Application Advisor
The service allows you to check files by entering a file name or checksum in MD5 or SHA1 format, upload a file (restricted to 5MB maximum), or browse through the top 10, 100, 1000 user requests:
If you have trouble locating a file by name you can always use a program to generate MD5 and SHA-1 checksums that you can then copy and paste into Kaspersky Application Advisor’s search request box. One of the best applications for this is MD5 Checksum Tool, available for free here: http://www.novirusthanks.org/product/md5-checksum-tool/ (note the Portable Version);
The other alternative is to upload the file to the service – provided it is 5MB or less in size.
Once you have input your file’s details, a quick scan will take place and the results then displayed:
Whether you tend to frequently test software (as I do) or are simply a cautious user, Kaspersky Application Advisor is a really useful service, not to replace the likes of Virus Total but certainly to use in conjunction with. Definitely a site worth bookmarking.