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:

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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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Jim Hillier

Managing Editor/Contest Coordinator of Daves Computer Tips - Jim is the resident freeware aficionado at DCT. A computer veteran with 30+ years experience who first started writing about computers and tech back in the days when freeware was actually free. His first computer was a TRS-80 in the 1980s, he progressed through the Commodore series of computers before moving to PCs in the 1990s. Now retired (aka an old geezer), Jim retains his passion for all things tech and still enjoys building and repairing computers for a select clientele... as well as writing for DCT, of course.

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