[Techtaffy Newsdesk]

Google has acquired a lesser-known Spanish company that offers users a free online service where they can upload files and URLs to check for malware. The size of the deal was not disclosed.

Google offers a service that analyzes URLs for malware called Safe Browsing.  Google Safe Browsing enables applications to check URLs against its constantly updated lists of suspected phishing and malware pages.

A post on the VirusTotal corporate blog called the Mountain View behemoth a “long-time partner, and said it was a resource-constrained company, delighted to be acquired by Google. VirusTotal will continue to operate independently, maintaining  its partnerships with other antivirus companies and security experts.

VirusTotal is a free online service that analyzes files and URLs enabling the identification of viruses, worms, trojans and other kinds of malicious content detected by antivirus engines and website scanners.