Google Buys Virus and Malware Detection Game VirusTotal

Posted Sep 7, 2012

Google has acquired VirusTotal, an online malware and virus scanner company.  VirusTotal has had a partnership with Google already and they will continue to operate independently.  The financial details are undisclosed.  VirusTotal is a company that was founded in 2004 and uses a large number of antivirus engines from third party companies.  VirusTotal checks websites and URLs for potential malware threats.  Below is a statement form the company:


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 you, and bad news for malware generators, because:

  • 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.

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.

VirusTotal Team