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Virus Total, the Android app to check if an APK is safe

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Virus Total, the Android app to check if an APK is safe

The safest way to install a new application on our Android is through the Google Play Store. But many times there are apps that are interesting to us but we can only find them through APK.

And it is normal for us to have doubts as to whether that file that we have downloaded is safe or will cause us damage. To make us more relaxed we have Virus Total, an app that will help us rule out that the file we are trying to install comes with viruses.

Virus Total, the tool to install apk safely

How Virus Total works

The good thing about this tool is that you don’t need to install anything on your smartphone. You can access it from the browser, either on your PC or on your mobile. And it has a database of more than 70 antivirus different, with which we can be totally sure that an apk will not bring problems.

The steps to follow to use it are the following:

  1. In your browser, open the page Total virus
  2. Click on the File tab
  3. Upload the apk you want to install
  4. Click on Analyze
  5. Wait a few minutes until the tool finishes its analysis

File analysis usually takes a short time. In less than a minute you will know the result. In the event that none of the antivirus involved detects any kind of problems, it will be a sign that this apk is totally safe.

And you can install it on your smartphone with the same tranquility as if you were doing it from the Play Store.

What if one of the antivirus alerts me of a danger?

As we have previously indicated, Virus Total offers you the results of more than 70 different antivirus. This means that, in the event that all antivirus tell you that there is no problem, you can install the application without problem. On the other hand, if all the antivirus agree that the file has a virus, it is obviously recommended that you do not install it.

But it can also happen that some of the antiviruses assure you that the file is correct and others indicate that it has a virus. This may be due to a false positive, or also because you have a small malware that only some have managed to detect.

If this is the case, it’s up to you whether you risk installing it or not. The recommendation is always not to install any app that we are not totally sure of.

Have you ever used Virus Total to verify that a file you are about to install is safe? Do you know any other tool with a similar operation? We invite you to tell us in our comments section.