Ever since malware has begun distributing itself via massive spam campaigns containing archives, the situation has become quite an issue. And what Is worse is that the archives and the malicious files in them use obfuscation techniques to conceal themselves from anti-malware programs and still infect your computer. This is where services such as ZipeZip come into action. It performs an online scan of the malicious archive and has multiple other features to it as well. We have decided to review ZipeZip in-depth to see whether or not it can really protect us from different online threats.
|Type||Online archive scanner.|
|Operating System||All operating systems supporting archives.||License Price||Free.|
|User Experience||Discuss and learn more about ZipeZip In Our Forum|
ZipeZip – Technical Overview
As soon as you load the main web-page ZipeZip.com, you are welcomed by a light web page with nothing more than the service it provides – a button to select an archive for upload.
What is interesting is that the app supports archive upload of up to 200MB files, which means that you can check even archives you downloaded from other websites, like torrent sites or software websites. Usually, malware is better concealed in larger archives with many files within them, this is where automatic services like this one come in handy.
Another feature of it is that for a convenience, it can be added as a browser extension as well, which we used for quite a while and found to be quite useful as a shortcut to Google Chrome:
ZipeZip – Security Test
Overall and all, everything seems good. But it is time to check how ZipeZip performs. For this to happen, we have downloaded samples of the latest Cerber ransomware virus. The first file which we have tested was a malicious .doc Microsoft Word file which infects via a malicious macro after the user clicks on “Enable Content”. The service not only detected this file, but it also detected other malicious files, like the .swf file spreading Cerber via the latest Rig 4.0 exploit kit:
After the detection was immediate, the user hypothetically can safely delete the malicious e-mail and the downloaded archive without having to open it, which is exactly what this service was aiming to prevent. Simple and it works.
There are also other features of this software which are included, besides its primary functionality. It also acts as an archive opener, meaning that you can download all of the files which you have already uploaded directly from the website. This saves time to open the archive again from your computer. Clever and suitable for daily use:
- Light website, loads fast.
- Uploads larger files swiftly.
- Can detect newer threats.
- Has the option to directly extract the files and download them instead of having to open them twice yourself.
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- Could have support for detecting malicious web links since those are sent sometimes as well.
- Does not have an option to download all files together.