Set up in 2007, VirusTotal uses more than 40 different antivirus engines and allows users to scan files as well as URLs for free. User can either upload a file or input a URL for VirusTotal to check. Results are displayed within seconds and the company shares these results with security vendors enabling them to improvise and beef up their security products.
Confirming the takeover on its official blog, VirusTotal said, “We’ve worked hard to ensure that the services we offer continually improve. But as a small, resource-constrained company, that can sometimes be challenging.”
“So we’re delighted that Google, a long-time partner, has acquired VirusTotal. This is great news for you, and bad news for malware generators”, the company further added.
Google has said that it will not be stopping the service and would in fact help make this service more efficient. Google will be providing infrastructure required to keep this service running.
The search engine giant hasn’t disclosed any financial details about the acquisition but, has revealed that it will keep on working with other vendors who were working with VirusTotal. There is no confirmation from Google in terms of where and how will it utilize VirusTotal’s technology but, it may be a safe bet to assume that it may use it for its apps eco-system.