Search engine company, Google has recently acquired Virus Total. The latter provides a free service that allows users to analyze suspicious files and URLs. It is speculated that Virus Total’s solutions will be integrated into Google Apps to keep users safe from malware. Virus Total is particularly not special in this respect, but the company does have partnerships with other anti-virus companies. As a result, their solutions aggregate data sets from over 40 anti-virus engines.
Some of Virus Totals products include desktop and mobile device application. Scans can be automated by using Virus Total’s publicly available API. Virus Total will continue to operate independently and as part of the partnership their solutions will be catching any malware relayed through the Google infrastructure. Google already uses Bouncer, a service that scans for malware on the Android Market making it safe for its users.