During the last decade, genome sequence-based classification of viruses has become increasingly prominent. Viruses can be even classified based on coding-complete genome sequence data alone. Nevertheless, classification remains arduous as experts are required to establish phylogenetic trees to depict the evolutionary relationships of such sequences for preliminary taxonomic placement. Pairwise sequence comparison (PASC) of genomes is one of several novel methods for establishing relationships among viruses. This method, provided by the US National Center for Biotechnology Information as an open-access tool, circumvents phylogenetics, and yet PASC results are often in agreement with those of phylogenetic analyses. Computationally inexpensive, PASC can be easily performed by non-taxonomists. Here we describe how to use the PASC tool for the preliminary classification of novel viral hemorrhagic fever-causing viruses.