Search giant Google continues acquisition spree with VirusTotal deal

US-based online antivirus service provider VirusTotal has been taken over by technology major Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG), the target company said in its official blog without providing financial details.

VirusTotal said that through the deal it will be able to enhance the power and speed of its malware research tools. The firm will also benefit from Google’s infrastructure allowing it to improve its service.

The small company will continue to function independently and will keep its collaborations with other antivirus firms and security specialists.

The latest deal follows a string of takeovers Google carried out in 2012. In August, the search engine major took over social marketing start-up Wildfire reportedly paying some USD250m (EUR195.6m). In July, the US technology giant took over France-based email app start-up Sparrow.

Technology-related news provider The Verge cited informed sources as saying that the deal was valued at below USD25m and that Google did not have competition during the acquisition process. A month earlier, Google bought office productivity solutions provider Quickoffice Inc with the aim to integrate it into its Apps product suite.

In May, Google wrapped up its USD12.5bn acquisition of mobile devices maker Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc (NYSE:MMI). Through the deal, Google gains the ability to boost its Android ecosystem and enhance competition in mobile computing, with Motorola remaining an Android licensee and Android remaining open, the buyer has previously said.