VirusTotal inspects items with over 70 antivirus scanners and URL/domain blocklisting services, in addition to a myriad of tools to extract signals from the studied content. Any user can select a file from their computer using their browser and send it to VirusTotal.
VirusTotal offers a number of file submission methods, including the primary public web interface, desktop uploaders, browser extensions and a programmatic API. The web interface has the highest scanning priority among the publicly available submission methods. Submissions may be scripted in any programming language using the HTTP-based public API.
VirusTotal can be useful in detecting malicious content and also in identifying false positives, normal and harmless items detected as malicious by one or more scanners. As with files, URLs can be submitted via several different means including the VirusTotal webpage, browser extensions and the API.