September 22, 2012 / IST / Science & Technology.

Virus Total is a free online scanning service used by millions of people who want to test files for viruses before they download them to their computer. Its popularity hasn’t gone unnoticed and Google has taken decisive action to make it a part of the Google family. As of right now, Google is the proud owner of Virus Total. The deal which was announced by Virus Total, apparently a consummation of a longstanding partnership the virus scanner has had with Google.

According to a post by Virus Total: “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.”

It’s clear from the parts of the deal that both parties benefit; Virus Total based on statements made by the company will continue to operate as normal. The only addition to Virus Total’s operations will be the complete access to Google’s resources. Google on the other hand gets to have greater control over a very popular online security asset. They both win.

The feedback from users is still coming in but by all accounts most are indifferent. Virus scanning is for most people a one-hit affair and so the fact that a search giant is now connected to Virus Total is not particularly important to most people.