JottiQ – Scan Suspicious Files Using Multiple Anti-Virus Apps At The Same Time

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multiple antivirus scannerHow much “stuff” do you really download on the Internet? Whether you’re downloading movies (we know you do!), new music, software, or participating in some other activity that may or may not violate the Digital Media Copyright Act, you are potentially exposing your computer to corrupt files, malware, and viruses. Even if you only use your computer once a month and you only visit a single website you still face this risk.

There are a lot of different ways to scan the files you download to see if they are clean, but none quite like JottiQ.  JottiQ takes advantage of Jotti’s online malware scanner, which uses multiple popular antivirus programs to scan your files, without having to download or install any of them.

What Is JottiQ?

As I stated above, JottiQ is a tool that makes it more convenient to use Jotti’s malware scan, which is an online service optimized for one-by-one scanning of files you do not trust. If you’re wary of a file you downloaded because you have a strange feeling about the site it came from or you’re just curious, JottiQ is a good way to relieve that stress.

So is JottiQ a virus scanner? No, not really.

JottiQ is merely the go-between that relays the files you wish to have scanned to the online Jotti’s malware scan service. JottiQ should be considered to be an investigative tool and as such will not offer any options to delete or otherwise affect the files you scan.

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JottiQ will scan the heck out of your files though, utilizing popular anti-virus apps like Avast, AVG, AntiVir, and over a dozen other programs. If your recently downloaded files are infected with something, you’ll know about it.

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The application allows you to build a queue of files needing scanning. It also uses Jotti’s internal cache to speed up scans, lists scanners with detections at the top of the list in red, allows you to open scan results in your browser, and is integrated with right-click functionality so you can just click a file and scan it immediately.

How To Start Using JottiQ

To start using JottiQ, head over to this page and download the JottiQ v1.0.3 installer. Run the installer and you’ll be able to install the core components of the app. If you’re missing any applications required to run JottiQ, like I was, you will be notified and JottiQ can download and install them for you.

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The installation process doesn’t take very long at all and is very easy to go through. Once you’re all done, you can start dragging files into JottiQ’s main window to queue them up for the multiple antivirus scanners. Or you can just right-click a file to scan it, if you installed context menu support (default setting).

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JottiQ will give you an initial scan result to let you know if it thinks your file is safe or not, even before you get the actual results from the various programs scanning the file.

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Off to the right of the app, you’ll see the list of all the anti-virus programs being used to run the scans, as well as what the individual results were for each program. If your file does happen to get a hit on one or more of the programs listed, you should be able to install that specific application for removal.

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That’s all there is to it. JottiQ offers a light-weight, simple way to check your files without installing a lot of programs to figure out what will remove a potential threat. While I’d recommend you install an anti-virus program to begin with, JottiQ should help you out in case one of your downloads has you worrying.

What do you think of JottiQ?

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Nat Jay

JottiQ reminds me of VirusTotal which is another good online scanner and may be a good complement for on-demand scanning. However, I’ve had good results with Hitman Pro as an online anti-malware scanner. I use it alongside the regular bunch of anti-virus & anti-malware applications.

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Aibek

Yep, VirusTotal is an online alternative. We have profiled it a while ago on MakeUseOf Directory

http://www.makeuseof.com/dir/v

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JW (JottiQ Author)

Thank you for the article, Steven. It makes me happy that people find JottiQ useful, and articles such as these just get that across so much better than raw download statistics. If anyone has feature requests or bugs to report, please do so in the topic linked to in the article as I keep a close eye on that.

As I wrote JottiQ for the DonationCoder NANY 2011 event, I feel compelled to draw some attention to DonationCoder in this post. It is a host to many excellent freeware applications (Find and Run Robot, Screenshot Captor and GridMove to name a few) that were written to promote and further the concept of ‘donationware’, or because someone simply requested such an application on the forum.

As DonationCoder presently holding a fundraiser to garantuee its continued existence for the nearby future, I hope your readers might give it a few minutes to see what it has to offer to them. (And just to clarify what might appear to be ‘blatant advertising': unless someone specifically donates to me personally I do not see a cent of such donations.) The website deserves a bit of exposure in my eyes as I fully support the principles it advocates and the things it has to offer.

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JW (JottiQ Author)

Thank you for the article, Steven. It makes me happy that people find JottiQ useful, and articles such as these just get that across so much better than raw download statistics. If anyone has feature requests or bugs to report, please do so in the topic linked to in the article as I keep a close eye on that.

As I wrote JottiQ for the DonationCoder NANY 2011 event, I feel compelled to draw some attention to DonationCoder in this post. It is a host to many excellent freeware applications (Find and Run Robot, Screenshot Captor and GridMove to name a few) that were written to promote and further the concept of ‘donationware’, or because someone simply requested such an application on the forum.

As DonationCoder presently holding a fundraiser to garantuee its continued existence for the nearby future, I hope your readers might give it a few minutes to see what it has to offer to them. (And just to clarify what might appear to be ‘blatant advertising': unless someone specifically donates to me personally I do not see a cent of such donations.) The website deserves a bit of exposure in my eyes as I fully support the principles it advocates and the things it has to offer.

Steve Campbell

Thanks a lot, JW. Glad you like the article…keep up the good work! :)

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