Most of us use Antivirus or Internet Security software to protect our PC and data from malicious items such as virus and malware. Even though security solutions protect your PC to an extent, one can’t completely trust an antivirus or its report.
It’s because of this reason, most of the popular security companies such as Kaspersky, McAfee, and Norton allow users to submit a suspicious file for manual analysis by virus analyst professionals. This helps both the end user and security companies. But, as some of you may know, the process to submit a suspicious file varies from company to company.
X-Ray is a free software (from Raymond.cc) that lets you automatically submit a suspicious file to over 30 security companies for manual analysis. The current version of X-Ray allows you submit a suspected file to Avast, AVG, Rising, Symantec, Kaspersky, F-Secure, Norman, PC Tools, Microsoft, ViRobot, F-port, BitDefender, Prevx, Avira, SUPERAntiSpyware, Panda Antivirus, Ikarus, McAfee, VBA32, TheHacker, ESET, Comodo, Vipre, K7Antivirus, Fortinet, ClamAV, F-Prot, and VirusBuster.
The tool makes submitting suspicious files to antivirus companies very easy. Select the file, configure the email account (one time job), and you are done! Under settings tab, you have options to enter your email ID, and other information to configure your email account.
How to submit a suspicious file using X-Ray:
Step 1: Download X-Ray zip file from here and extract it on to desktop or any other location to get X-Ray folder. The folder contains X-Ray.exe.
Step 2: Run X-Ray.exe file to launch the software. Click on Add Suspicious Files button to browse to the suspicious file that you would like to submit for analysis. You can also drag and drop files to X-Ray window to add files.
Step 3: Click on Settings tab and configure your email account by entering email ID, password, and other information. Once done, use Test button to see if the configured settings are working.
Step 4: Switch back to analyse tab, select the antivirus companies, and finally click Send for Analysis button to submit the suspicious file to selected companies.
X-Ray is a standalone tool. That is, it doesn’t require any installation. X-Ray is a free software and works fine on both x86 and x64 versions of XP, Vista, and Windows 7 operating systems. Please note that you need to have installed Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 to be able to run this software.