Google Buys VirusTotal Free Online Malware Scanning Service

VirusTotal, a free online service that analyzes suspicious files and URLs and facilitates the quick detection of viruses, worms, trojans, and all kinds of malware -- has now been acquired by Google.Annoucing the acquisition, VirusTotal posted that the online service will continue to operate independently, "maintaining our partnerships with other antivirus companies and security experts," […]

VirusTotal, a free online service that analyzes suspicious files and URLs and facilitates the quick detection of viruses, worms, trojans, and all kinds of malware -- has now been acquired by Google.

Annoucing the acquisition, VirusTotal posted that the online service will continue to operate independently, "maintaining our partnerships with other antivirus companies and security experts," the company stated.

Adding, further, as a Google subsidiary, "Google's infrastructure will ensure that our tools are always ready, right when you need them. "

The company states in a blog post, that though "our goal is simple: to help keep you safe on the web. And 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 users," and "bad news for malware generators," the company says, because thanks to Google "the quality and power of our malware research tools will keep improving, most likely faster;" and "Google's infrastructure will ensure that our tools are always ready, right when you need them."

"Google has a long track record working to keep people safe online and we look forward to fighting the good fight together with them," the team stated.

The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The companies update page now reads,

VirusTotal, a subsidiary of Google, is a free online service that analyzes files and URLs enabling the identification of viruses, worms, trojans and other kinds of malicious content detected by antivirus engines and website scanners. At the same time, it may be used as a means to detect false positives, i.e. innocuous resources detected as malicious by one or more scanners.

Those who are not aware, VirusTotal's online scanning tool scan your file or URLs against multiple antivirus engine that includes AVG, Avira, Comodo, Eset, F-Secure, Kaspersky, McAfee, Symantec, Trend Micro and many others.

You can simply upload the file (or a URL) into the website, it will scan your uploaded file against multiple anti-virus engines.

The features provided by VirusTotal include:

  • Free, independent service
  • Use of multiple antivirus engines
  • Real-time automatic updates of virus signatures
  • Detailed results from each antivirus engine
  • Real time global statistics

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