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New: Online ‘Application Advisor’ from Kaspersky

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:

kaspersky application advisor 1

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);

MD5 checksum tool

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:

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Conclusion

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.

Cheers… Jim

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About the author - Jim Hillier
Managing Editor/Contest Coordinator of Daves Computer Tips - Jim is the resident freeware aficionado at DCT. A computer veteran with 30 years of experience. His first computer was a TRS-80 in the 1980s. He progressed through the Commodore series of computers before moving to PC's in the 1990s. Jim currently uses both XP and Win7. Jim has a passion for free software and hopes to share that passion with others during his tenure here!
 
Comments

Good stuff Thanks Jim!

Interesting but I wonder how comprehensive their database is. I am a person who try’s out every interesting looking free program I come across. Out of interest I put in the file names of the last 10 or so that I have installed and none of them were even known in their database. I tend to put my trust in Comodo Internet Security which allows you to run untested programmes in a sandbox first. Avast paid version does the same but I fell out with them because of their slow email support. I think running in a sandbox or a virtual machine is a far safer way to test new programmes

Hi Clive – Thanks for your input here.

I think you are confusing “testing” software with simply checking a software’s reputation. I am not suggesting utilizing this site for software testing purposes, you are correct when you say that a virtual environment is the better option for that. However, this is a very useful site to help ascertain a software’s reputation and overall safety factor.

Also, you might not achieve as much accuracy imputing a file name as you would with a checksum. Try the 10 files again, this time using a checksum and I’m almost certain you’ll get better results.

Cheers… Jim

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