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How to get a VirusTotal public API Key

VirusTotal ( is a free service that analyzes suspicious files and URLs and facilitates the quick detection of viruses, worms, trojans, and all kinds of malware.  With a very large database of highly regarded information McAfee TIE has integrated this 3rd party feed as the first of our integrations. 

In order to take advantage of the VirusTotal integration you will need a private or public API key.  Public Keys are free.  To obtain your public key take the following steps:

You do not need to ask for a public API key, in order to get one you just have to register in the VirusTotal Community at VirusTotal - Free Online Virus, Malware and URL Scanner  Fill in the required registration information.  Click Sign up.


You will receive a confirmation screen advising an e-mail was sent.  Click Close.


The e-mail received will appear as follows.  Click the activation link


You will receive a confirmation screen. Click Sign in


Enter Username and Password.  Click Sign in.


Once you are successfully logged in click your username in the upper right corner.  Click My API key


Note your API Key to configure TIE to gain access.  This API Key is used in the TIE Server Configuration.


A public API key comes with the following properties.  You may learn more about its functionality in the public API documentation here:


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