Google has bought VirusTotal, a web-based security tool developer, to fortify the defenses of its Chrome web browser.The search giant said it will uphold the maintenance of VirusTotal’s online malware scanning tool and keep its team operations a separate entity.
VirusTotal is an online security service that allows users to scan files and websites for potential malware infections through its web-based scanning tool.
The company said the Google deal will give pull in more resources and allow developers to keep building on the service, but remained mum on how deeply integrated its service will be with Google products.
“VirusTotal will continue to operate independently, maintaining our partnerships with other antivirus companies and security experts. This is an exciting step forward,” said VirusTotal.
“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 VirusTotal buyout strengthens Google’s portfolio of web-based apps and services as part of a lineup reorganization and spring-cleaning of seldom used products.