(LiveHacking.Com) – VirusTotal, a free online service that analyzes files and URLs for malware, has been bought by Google. The purchase is seen by many as a way for Google to boost the protection it offers for its online services like Gmail and Google+. Since VirusTotal will continue to operate independently, the company plans to maintain its partnerships with other antivirus companies and security experts.
VirusTotal works by aggregating warnings on user submitted files and URLs from all the major antivirus solutions, including Intel Corp’s McAfee and Symantec Corp. Once a file or URL is received, VirusTotal performs the malware checks and then distributing the results to security vendors. Since those returned results include the original document and website in question, the service is sen as a valuable resource that allows the security industry to spot emerging threats.
“VirusTotal will continue to operate independently, maintaining our partnerships with other antivirus companies and security experts. This is an exciting step forward. Google has a long track record working to keep people safe online and we look forward to fighting the good fight together with them,” said the company on its blog.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.