Google Purchases Browser-Based Malware Scanner Virus Total

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Google Purchases Browser-Based Malware Scanner Virus Total

Virus Total, a popular web service which scans suspicious files and URLs for detection of malwares has been acquired by Google. This move from Google is expected to enhance the security side of Google products which include its popular search engine, Google Chrome and other web applications. Virus Total is a highly acclaimed tool which allows users to scan online, files up to the size of 32 MB facilitating timely detection of Trojans, worms and viruses. The service had made its mark as a powerful utility since its inception in 2004. Virus Total has for a long time been an active partner of Google. 

Virus Total authorities have mentioned in a blog that the limitations that have been restricting the company because of being resource-constrained will be overcome by the financial back up of Google. This will eventually lead to faster development of its malware research tools. A Google spokeswoman was quoted saying, “ Virus Total also has a strong track record in web security, and we're delighted to be able to provide them with the infrastructure they need to ensure that their service continues to improve.” 

The authorities have confirmed that Virus Total will continue to operate as an independent entity maintaining their partnership with other anti-virus companies and security experts. As of now, Virus Total runs test against more than 40 anti-virus providers. Google and Virus Total have not mentioned about how the integration will be executed. But analysts suggest that several Google products will get a beef up in security with the integration of Virus Total tools. Financial terms of the deal have not been revealed by either of the companies.

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