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Create a One Time Disposable Link Of Your Phone Number, Let Anyone Call You Privately

Imagine this – some online friend or client wants to call you over phone but you are not very comfortable sharing your phone number with strangers or online contacts. Skype is a neat option for web users but unfortunately, the person on the other side is not as tech savvy as you are – he repeatedly pings you to send him your phone number.

Babble.ly is a simple web service which allows users to share phone numbers privately with anyone.

Once you have created an account with Babble.ly, you can enter as many phone numbers as you want and generate a unique babble.ly URL for each phone number, as shown below:


When you enter your mobile number in the text box and hit the “Create Link” button, you will be asked to verify the number. The verification process is fairly simple – have your phone in hand, press the “Verify” button and enter the verification code when prompted.


Once the verification is complete, the service will generate a unique babble.ly URL of your phone number which you may share with anyone via email, IM, Facebook, Twitter and so on. When somebody visits your babble.ly URL, users will be asked to enter their own phone numbers and the service will call both the phones at the same time. When both the caller and the receiver are connected via the Babble.ly service – the call will be bridged together, allowing the caller and the receiver to talk up to a duration of 10 minutes.

The interesting   thing is that neither the caller or the receiver gets to know the other person’s phone number. When the call is finished, you can destroy your private babble.ly link and create a new one from your account preferences.

Unfortunately, I was unable to test the service on my mobile phone (might be because of country wide restrictions, I live in India). However, our Techie Buzz’s fellow writer Sathya Bhat (who lives in U.S) was able to verify his phone number with Babble.ly. After he verified his number, he was shown the following Babble.ly short link, with a QR code to the right.

(URL’s and numbers blurred for privacy)

Now all I needed was to enter my phone number in the text box and hit the “Call” button. Voila !

Techie Buzz Verdict

Sounds great, not a Google Voice alternative but might save the day when a novice client or user wants to call you over phone and you don’t want to share your phone number at all. On a personal ground – I could not verify my phone number, maybe because of country restrictions.

Techie Buzz rating: 4/5 (Excellent).

Ge.tt: A Real Time File Sharing Service

There are quite a good number of free file sharing websites available on the web, most of them do not require users to create an account . You can simply open the homepage of the file sharing website, upload a file, grab the link and share it with anyone.

The problem with majority of file sharing services is that you have to wait for the uploads to finish. You are not given the shareable download link, until the file has finished uploading. There are two main disadvantages of this approach.

The first annoyance is when your browser crashes suddenly, while you are uploading a file. Imagine this – you are uploading a 50 MB file on a free file sharing website and the uploads crash at 80 %. You have to start the upload procedure all over again.

The second disadvantage is time dependency, you can’t share the download link of the file while it’s uploading and have to wait for the uploads to finish.

That’s when Ge.tt saves the day !

Ge.tt takes a different approach, the site provides the download link immediately after you have selected the file(s) to be uploaded. Head over to the Ge.tt homepage, select the files to upload and grab the shareable download link. No sign-ups or registrations are required.

There are three handy options available on the upload page – share on Twitter, share on Facebook or share via email. Just click the corresponding link and the download link is shared on your social profile. Handy !

All files that are shared using Ge.tt expire in 30 days, by default. By creating a free account, you get some added features e.g real-time statistics telling exactly how many users have downloaded your file, more expiry days and so on.

Ge.tt works directly from your browser – no Flash, JavaScript applets, absolutely nothing to install. Do give Ge.tt a try and let us know your ideas in the comments section. [ via ]

Join.me – The Easiest Screen Sharing Online

Screen sharing lets you show someone your computer screen across the internet. Usually, you can even let a viewer take over the mouse and keyboard. I use screen sharing at work to help my co-workers with computer problems, and sometimes, even I get help. Often, people use screen sharing applications to give business presentations online.

Previously, my favorite screen sharing service was TeamViewer. It’s a free service, and it even includes voice and video chat. Now I am starting to use a different service, called Join.me.

Join.me is probably the simplest screen presentation service I’ve used. All of the these services require an installation of software on your machine. Usually, both the broadcaster (host) and the viewer (client) need to install something. Join.me breaks out of the crowd by not requiring the viewers to install any software. All they need is a modern web browser with Adobe Flash.

Here’s how it works …

1. Go to Join.me

2. If you wish to share your computer screen, click on the sharearrow.

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3. This will start a download of the server software. (Windows and Mac)

Once you have it installed and running, you’ll see the Join.me floating toolbar at the top of your screen.

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4. Click once in the address bar and you’ll be able to copy or send the sharing address.

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5. The person you wish to share with, can either click the link you’ve sent them, or type the 9 digit number in the Joinbox at the Join.me website.

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6. As soon as they join, you are sharing your screen. That’s when you can start using your floating Join.me toolbar to control the session. As far as I know you can invite any number of people to your screen sharing session.

The phone icon actually lets you call them on a conference line. I haven’t tried that feature because I usually call the person on my phone or use Google Voice to chat with them.

This service and it’s operation is best explained by watching this video.

Join.me quick preview and tutorial from Andy Traub on Vimeo.

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Techie Buzz Verdict:

Join.me is a great service, it’s easy to use and it’s free. What more do you want? Actually, I would like to have video chat, but this service is still a winner for the viewers. They don’t need to install any software to see your presentations.


Learn About Latest Google Innovations and Product Updates with Google New

Google-NewEvil or not, Google is a behemoth – there can’t be any doubt about that. Barely a day goes by without Google announcing a new product or unveiling a swanky new feature. Just keeping track of everything Google is announcing can be an uphill task. Subscribing to Techie Buzz obviously helps, but most of the time, we just scratch the surface. Google itself maintains a network of more than 100 blogs to announce new policies, product launches and updates.

Google quite obviously realizes that there is a problem, and in keeping with its tradition, the folks at Google have launched yet another new product to solve this problem – Google New. In the words of Ji Lee, designer and creative director at the Google Creative Lab:

A few of us had a 20 percent project idea: create a single destination called Google New where people could find the latest product and feature launches from Google. It’s designed to pull in just those posts from various blogs. We hope it helps you find something useful you’ve never tried before.

Google New showcases all the latest announcements from Google that you should be aware of. Almost all of the Google Products are covered, including Google Earth and Maps, AdSense, Webmasters, Analytics, Search, Gmail, Docs, Blogger and Orkut. Go ahead and give it take it for a spin at google.com/newproducts/.

Download and Install Multiple Programs At Once With FreeApps

How many software programs do you use regularly? From Firefox to Thunderbird, from an Antivirus program to an image editor, there are just a whole bunch of applications you use daily.

The problem with multiple programs becomes predominant when you format your operating system and sit down installing each application one by one. Go through those setup wizards, complete it like a robot and then pick another one.Another problem is getting the latest version of al the programs from different websites. It’s really frustrating to open a bunch of websites and download the setup files manually.

What if you can create a single application installer for multiple programs and install all of them in one shot ? This will save you time and you don’t have to manage multiple setup files located in different folders on your computer.

FreeApps, a simple website which is similar to AllMyApps lets you handpick software applications from a huge list and lets you download a single setup file for multiple programs. And yes, it’s free with absolutely no strings attached, you don’t have to register or give them your email credentials.

All the programs are organized in different categories e.g Antivirus, Image editing, browsers, email client, IM programs and the like. Just pick the programs and the website will let you download a single setup fie in your computer.

This installer will not download the complete setup file of all the software applications you selected. When you run the installer, it will download all the latest version of the programs in your computer and install them automatically. This is so amazing, just run the tiny program and it does all the hard work in the background.

There is one downside – the installation will abort if the internet connection fails in the middle. Otherwise the app does a very good job in decluttering your hard drive from the older versions of programs and saves your precious time, when you are too tired in setting up programs from scratch.

Compare Loading Time of Two Websites with Which Loads Faster

Speeding up your website is very important because nowadays search engines take the average load time of websites as one of the factors for ranking. Moreover, faster sites create a good user experience and it’s very essential on the part of website owners to optimize their website for faster loading.

There are several tools to measure the load time of your blog or website, but have you ever compared the average loading times of two websites side by side ?

Which Loads Faster is a nice web service which lets you compare the loading time of any two webpage side by side. Just head over to the home page and enter the URL’s in the text box as shown below:

Hit the “Go” button and the site will split the screen and load both the websites side by side. When both the websites have finished loading, you will be shown the average load time of each and the comparison in percentage. This is very useful, when you are comparing the load times of two websites or may be comparing two pages of your blog to find out which one loads faster.

There is another “Race” feature which lets you compare a series of URL’s in both frames. This will be handy when you are comparing a group or set of pages and want them to load automatically when the previous one has finished loading.

To try the “Race” feature, click the Race link on the site’s navigation menu and enter the “sets” of URL’s one by one

The test results can be shared with anyone using the share button (see example). Thanks to DownloadSquad for the tip.

Old Spice Man Voicemail Generator

If you have been on social networking sites like , and Reddit in the past few days, you might be aware of the Old Spice Man who has generated a rage on the internet with his videos.

The videos were a clever marketing strategy to leverage social media for a brand, and boy were they successful. If that was not enough, a new Old Spice Man voicemail generator has been released which can be customized to create a ringtone based on several options.

Old Spice Man Ringtone Generator

To generate Old Spice Man voicemail, head over to http://oldspicevoicemail.com/ and choose your personality, after that enter you number and select the options you want as your voicemail and click on the "Make me the Old Spice Man!" button to download your ringtone, pretty simple and easy right.

(Source: TNW)

Get a Customized Browser Start Page and Search Experience With Favitt

So you have got a search engine’s home page bookmarked as your browser start page. You are not alone, most of the web users have a tendency to bookmark Google, Yahoo, Bing or other search engines as their browser start pages. This is because they want one click access to an interface where they can search for anything they want.

Why not customize the search experience a little bit and take it to the next level? Why not tweak some settings, add the features you use the most, remove those whom you don’t need and create a personalized search experience ? Favitt is one of the few sites which lets you do exactly that.

Favitt lets you completely customize your search experience and gives you a personal browser start page. You can add multiple search engines, popular websites and other sources in the Favitt start page and quickly use the tabs to search a particular site.

Imagine a scenario: You want to search Amazon for products, Google for blog posts, YouTube for videos, Flickr for images, Wikipedia for research and so on. You have to open all these sites in different browser tabs, type the keywords one by one and hit search. Favitt reduces this clutter and lets you search multiple search engines from one place.

When you go to the Favitt homepage, you see a search box, a list of search engines and a nice background, as shown below, you can also customize the  by uploading your own image and using it as a background.

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Type the keywords and select the search engine from the list to search a specific search engine. You can add or remove sources by using the More button placed at the right of the search box.

Once you perform a search, simply click the links of different search engines from the sidebar and the search results from these sites are fetched in the same browser tab. You don’t have to open multiple tabs and type the same keywords over and over again.

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If you sign up for a free account on Favitt, you get a personal browser start page for free. A personal browser start page has several advantages. First, your browser start page is accessible from any computer, you don’t have to install any extension or plugin to get started. All you have to do is type the vanity URL of your Favitt account and the start page is ready to be used.(see example)

Second, you can add a list of favorite sites in the start page and can access them with a single click. You don’t have to use an online bookmarking service like delicious or Google bookmarks.

Favitt also lets you upload images from your computer or a web URL and set them as the background of your start page. Upload a set of images and Favitt will automatically rotate these images on a daily basis. Cool!

Overall, Favitt is one of the best sites to customize your search experience, add or remove sources, spice up the page with backgrounds and more.

TravelJournal: An Online Platform For Travel Writing

Travelling to different places is great fun, even great are the memories which you bring back. This includes photos, videos and may be notes which you have written on the way to your trip.

Documenting the notes and memories in paper is old school, you have to carry the pen and the diary everywhere just to write down something. However, you can use your mobile, iPod or a laptop to document your travel experiences using Traveljournal.com

Yes, we have social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter where you can quickly update your status and let your friends know about your trip. But there is a serious disadvantage – when you come back and want to read the entries, you are lost. Previous updates gets mixed up and your wonderful travel tidbits are lost in the clutter of ever expanding social media.

Traveljournal provides a very easy to use platform for documenting your travel experiences. After signing up, you can create a journal, add a duration and enter a small description about your trip.

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After the journal is created, you can start adding entries using the “Add new Entry” link. These entries will be archived in the journal and you can enter a custom map location which is related to the current entry. This is useful, when you come back from the trip and want to know which locations you have been staying.

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Every journal created in Traveljournal has a visibility level – you can create a private or public journal or share the journal with selected email address(s). The most interesting part of using Traveljournal is the active community, you will be able to know new places, real life experiences and what other tourists are saying about a particular place, city or country.

Knowing the local customs is very important if you are travelling to another country and Traveljournal is the right platform to start documenting your travel experiences.

This is a sponsored review of the website, all views in the post are unbiased and true.

Find Free Wifi Hotspots with WeFi

[Windows, Mobile and Mac]wifi-ico Since I have a netbook and occasionally take it on the road, I decided to try out WeFi. The WeFi application and web service promises to help you locate wifi hotspots and connect you to thousands of other WeFi users. Here’s what they say about the service:

WeFi is dedicated to helping you find, connect, and enjoy Wi-Fi anywhere around the world. We provide the tools that allow our community to map the global Wi-Fi network. Our dedicated community has already discovered over 60,000,000 access points around the world. Join us today and help us map the next million!

I downloaded the 8mb installation file and started the install process. I found that there are a few places that you might want take a closer look at during the install.

The first installation options default to installing a toolbar and new default search in your web browser. When I see options like these, I nearly always opt out. I hate toolbars and I’m happy with my search providers.

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Just when I thought I was done with the junk programs they wanted me to install, one more option popped in. I can’t tell you how much I dislike added shopping applications like the Price Gong offer they served up.

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After getting through the options above, the software starts installing and you’ll see a cute animation with the little WeFi creature running past store fronts. It’s a little too cute. At that point, I was wondering if this was a serious company delivering a real product.

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One final setting popped up after the little running logo. I decided that I definitely did not want to allow WeFi to automatically connect me to networks. I like to look them over before I allow my netbook to connect to strange new hotspots.

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The final step was to actually create an account with WeFi. They step you through the sign-up and only require an email address in addition to letting you choose your username and password. Once that’s out of the way, the main WeFi interface finally launches.

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After playing with it for awhile, I decided that I liked the WeFi interface because it was very similar to most instant messenger clients. Below is a video showing you a little bit about how it works.

Link to video at Youtube

Download WeFi

http://www.wefi.com/

Techie Buzz Verdict:

I didn’t like the offers for the toolbar, the change to default search and the shopping assistant. However, I did like the fact that WeFi does offer an easy way to discover new hotspots and get in touch with other WeFi users. I have mixed feelings about it at this time, but I won’t tell anyone to stay away from WeFi.

Techie Buzz Rating: 3/5 (Good)

Fake Warnings and Hoaxes on Facebook – Are You Smart Enough to Avoid Them?

joker Every time I hear about a new scam or hoax on Facebook, I have to wonder how people can fall for these. Don’t be fooled, a few minutes of research can save you some embarrassment. Here’s an example of one of the hoaxes that’s been going around.

Fox 4 news reported… ATTENTION !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! do not join the group that runs currently on facebook with the title “becoming a father or mother was the greatest gift of my life” This is a group created by pedophiles whose aim is to access your photos!!!!!!!…!!!!! Please rotate …this post to all Your Friends on Facebook xx

In truth, there were no groups started by pedophiles. It was all a big hoax, but it got passed along in Facebook and email so often that it took on a life of it’s own. Originally, there were no groups with that name or a similar name, but some other pranksters created similar groups, just to see how much trouble they could start. It even got to the point where people were creating groups to protest the original (hoax) groups. I was tempted to laugh when I read about this hoax, but I’m also sad that there are so many people ready and willing to post stuff like this in their Facebook page or email.

Read the truth about the Pedophile Group Hoax

Here’s another one – would you pass on this picture and description?

Whale swallows man in kayak

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Find out the truth behind this photo.

I found out about these hoaxes from an old friend of mine, Brett Christensen. He runs a website, newsletter and Facebook page that reveals the truth and the lies behind many of the rumors, hoaxes and scams you see in email and Facebook.

If you don’t want to be fooled, it only takes a minute or two in a search engine to find the truth. I recommend going to three different sites to perform a quick search before you pass on the next fantastic message you get.

Search Hoax-Slayer

Snopes.com

Scambusters

I also recommend signing up for the email newsletters from Hoax-Slayer and Snopes.

Hoax-Slayer newsletter (monthly)

Snopes newsletter (weekly)

In case you want up to date info, here’s the Facebook page for Hoax-Slayer that Brett maintains. Just post a question on his wall and he’ll probably answer back with all the facts he can find.

It’s not a sin to be fooled by an email or Facebook post. However, you won’t be gaining any friends and credibility by passing on stupid rumors and hoaxes. Take the time to check them out.

I’ve never been fooled by a hoax or a scam in Facebook (or email), have you?

BeeTV – Television, Movie and Sports Recommendation Engine [100 Invites]

Last year, we had featured Criticker -a movie recommendation engine. BeeTV is something similar, but for television shows, movies, sports and news. The Milan based beeTV was founded in 2006, but was launched in the 2008 DEMO conference.

Like most similar services, beeTV asks you to rate a few familiar TV shows and movies upon signing up. Based upon your initial ratings, it then prepares a recommendation stream (called your “Personal Content Channel” or PPC).

BeeTV-Personalised Television Reccomendation

BeeTV’s interface is spectacular. But, that’s not all it has going for itself. The organization is pretty neat. Enter your Zip code and it will churn out recommendation that includes content from your television provider. BeeTV can even help you find shows to watch on your computer, on your mobile phone and on your iPad. What’s more, with beeTV, you can easily filter out the freebies hidden amongst the crowd of premium offerings.

BeeTV released it’s iPhone app earlier today and an iPad app is in the works. It is also working with set-top box manufacturers to bring personalized recommendations directly to your television. BeeTV is currently talking with multiple system operators (MSOs) to integrate their on-demand titles and to connect their set-top-boxes to enable recording and reminders notifications. BeeTV will be hooking up with your cable’s API to allow you to control your set-top-box remotely. In the future, you will be able to record your favorite shows with the push of a button from your iPhone or BeeTV’s web interface.

Techie Buzz Verdict

Bee-TV-Reccomended There is a definite need for services like beeTV. Thanks to the abundance of TV channels and TV shows it is almost impossible to manually keep track of what’s new and what’s hot. BeeTV enables you to stop wasting time, by quickly finding content that you will like. It’s a pity that this service is currently limited to the US. I am sure everyone would love to have a localized version of beeTV for themselves.

Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)

Invites: Currently beeTV is in closed beta. However, we have 100 invites to give away. Just head over to bee.tv and use the invitation code bee.techiebuzz.

Get Your Free ClipArt at OpenClipart.org

lady-bugI often spend too much time looking for the right image to use in a blog post or web page. My biggest problem is finding an image that I can use without worrying about copyrights. Most of the images you find on the web are not labeled with a clear message that says who it belongs to.

Since I’ve found OpenClipart.org, I think I’ll be saving a lot of time. Everything there is completely free. There are no strings attached. You can use their images in anything you publish.

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OpenClipart.org has been doing this since they were founded in 2004. This is what they say about their project:

The usage of the name is to convey connection to Open Source software and culture. Also, the word conveys the concept of the project lowering barriers for participation for submission of artwork, development on the project, use of the site and use of the clip art stored.

If you just want to use the freebie art, you only need to go to the site and type in a search term or use the categories to find what you need.

They also offer several packages loaded with all of the clipart from the entire website. These can be downloaded in a couple of different formats.

Download Clipart

If you are an artist, they’d love to get your help with this project. Here’s how to get involved.

If you’re just an average graphics-challenged person like myself, be sure to tell everyone you know about this cool website.

Call Drop.io and Create a Public Voicemail as MP3

phone-msg-2-mp3 There are many file sharing services out there. Many offer simple free file hosting, however, I don’t know of any that offer as many ways to share files and share ideas as the Drop.io service. I recently received a letter from them that mentioned a cool feature I wasn’t aware of. Here’s the letter:

Few know this, but it’s easy (not to mention useful) to record a voicemail inside a drop.

Here’s how:
1. Start a ‘drop’ with 1-click
2. Inside the drop, hit the button that says ‘create a free number’
3. Call that number and leave a voice message
… that’s it! The message will automatically become an mp3.

Reporters use this function as an easy way to record interviews on-the-ground and podcasters use it for their shows. We like to leave personal greetings on drops filled with photos for our friends and family.

Check out the voicemail we left for you – and leave us a message in return.
http://drop.io/maynewsletter

I can think of several other ways to use a public (or private) online voice mail. There are many other useful Drop.io features you might want to check out. Here’s short video about them:

Here are a few of our previous posts about the Drop.io site and services:

1. Drop.io Extension For Google Chrome

2. Drop.io | A File Sharing Program, which is more than just RapidShare

3. Send 100MB Attachments With Yahoo Mail

4. Drop.io, A Service To Privately Share Your Files

5. Drop.io Extension For Google Chrome

Be sure to let us know if you have some new ideas how to use this or any other file sharing service.

Quickly Scan Any File with 40 Different Antivirus Engines

VirusTotal-icoThere are several online services that will allow you to check files for viruses or malware by uploading the files from your computer. One reason you might use one of these services is that you have downloaded a new program and you want to know if it’s safe to install on your computer. One of the services that I use most often is called Virus Total’.

Virus Total is a free, independent service that will analyze uploaded files with around 40 different antivirus engines. Here is the current list:

AhnLab (V3)
Antiy Labs (Antiy-AVL)
Aladdin (eSafe)
ALWIL (Avast! Antivirus)
Authentium (Command Antivirus)
AVG Technologies (AVG)
Avira (AntiVir)
Cat Computer Services (Quick Heal)
ClamAV (ClamAV)
Comodo (Comodo)
CA Inc. (Vet)
Doctor Web, Ltd. (DrWeb)
Emsi Software GmbH (a-squared)
Eset Software (ESET NOD32)
Fortinet (Fortinet)
FRISK Software (F-Prot)
F-Secure (F-Secure)
G DATA Software (GData)
Hacksoft (The Hacker)
Hauri (ViRobot)
Ikarus Software (Ikarus)
INCA Internet (nProtect)
K7 Computing (K7AntiVirus)
Kaspersky Lab (AVP)
McAfee (VirusScan)
Microsoft (Malware Protection)
Norman (Norman Antivirus)
Panda Security (Panda Platinum)
PC Tools (PCTools)
Prevx (Prevx1)
Rising Antivirus (Rising)
Secure Computing (SecureWeb)
BitDefender GmbH (BitDefender)
Sophos (SAV)
Sunbelt Software (Antivirus)
Symantec (Norton Antivirus)
VirusBlokAda (VBA32)
Trend Micro (TrendMicro)
VirusBuster (VirusBuster)

They keep those engines up to date with the latest virus signatures, and they also offer detailed results from each engine in their reports. Virus Total is available in nearly two dozen languages.

To use this service, you simply visit the web page, click on the file upload button, select the file and wait for it to upload. Once the file is uploaded, you will often have to wait a few minutes for the scan results to appear. If you think that sounds pretty easy to do, you are correct. However, Virus Total now offers an even easier method, the Virus Total Uploader.

After you install the Virus Total Uploader [Windows Only] on your PC, you can right click on a file, then Send tothe Virus Total site.

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After a few seconds, your web browser will open up to show you the results of the antivirus tests from Virus Total.

That’s not the only trick that the Uploader has for you. When you launch it from your Start menu, you’ll see three other upload options in it’s interface:

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  • upload a file by choosing it’s process name
  • select a file by browsing to it’s location
  • type in the URL of a file on the web

Go to the Virus Total Uploader page to get it.

Techie Buzz Verdict:

Having a good antivirus program installed on your PC is a must have. The ability to double check files using 40 different antivirus engines is not required, but it sure is nice to have. If you’d like to try this application, I recommend it.

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Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)