Google has acquired VirusTotal, a free service that analyzes suspicious files and URLs, and facilitates the detection of malware, worms, viruses and trojans.

VirusTotal says, there are two key elements of the acquisition: 1) great news for (customers), 2) bad news for malware generators.

The article goes on to say VirusTotal “could significantly shore up the search giant’s ability to weed out infectious content from Gmail, social network Google+ and the pages it shows search users.”

Google is a longtime VirusTotal partner. VirusTotal will continue to operate independently, maintaining partnerships with other antivirus companies and security experts.

Source: Google News