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Votiro – free service lets you analyze and sanitize suspicious files using your browser


Chances are if you’re a frequent web user you’ll come across files which you would like to open and access, but which you’re not too sure of. Nowadays malware and trojans can be buried inside the most innocuous file types, such as PDF, JPG, GIFs and others, so any type of testing tool is bound to be valuable.

Votiro has just announced something called the Cloud Sanitization Service, which can scan and ‘sanitize’ any suspicious file you upload with one click. The free service copes with PDF, GIF, JPG and others (but not exe or apk files as far as we can tell) and it’s very easy to use.


Just click the browse button, select the file you want tested and hit the Sanitize button. Depending on the size of the file you’ll get back a complete report on your file with scans from the major anti-malware services.


The service appears to be using the most excellent VirusTotal service as one of the scanners, as well as its own engine which we assume does any ‘sanitization’, so hopefully the results are solid and trustworthy. We also like the fact that there’s no sign up needed, so you can be in and done in a flash.

We tried it with a decent sized PDF we had lying around and it did the job in around half a minute which we thought reasonable. We haven’t tested out any of the ‘neutralization’ functions though, so we can’t comment on how well that part works. Anyway, it’s a nice idea, and any tool for combating viruses, worms and Trojan-ware gets our vote.

Nigel is the managing editor of the Red Ferret, as well as a freelance columnist for the Sunday Times newspaper in London. Loves tech and fancies himself as a bit of a futurist, but then don’t we all?

Nigel – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.

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