Google buys anti-malware browser virtualization startup

Google buys anti-malware browser virtualization startup

Summary: Google has quietly made its first anti-malware acquisition, snapping up GreenBorder Technologies, a venture-backed company that sells browser virtualization security software.

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Google has quietly made its first anti-malware acquisition, snapping up GreenBorder Technologies, a venture-backed company that sells browser virtualization security software.

GoogleThe acquisition gives the search engine a key piece of technology to block Web-based exploits that prey on flaws in the two most widely used browsers -- Microsoft's Internet Explorer and Mozilla's Firefox.

(Also see: Google's anti-malware team comes out the shadows)

GreenBorder's software creates an "impenetrable protective barrier" that keeps all interactions with a Web site and its associated content and programs away from the internal parts of a Windows machine.

It essentially creates a DMZ (demilitarized zone) between the Windows desktop and programs downloaded from Web pages or opened from e-mail messages in Microsoft Outlook.

The company sold two versions of the sandbox software -- consumers and enterprise -- before the Google acquisition. New sales/downloads have been discontinued but existing customers will continue to get support.

It's clear that Google is pushing aggressively into the anti-malware market to clean up its own search results and provide protection to end users and this deal signals the company's intent to use the browser as the entry point to get on desktops.

It's likely that Google will rebrand and release GreenBorder's software as a free download or as an addition to the Google Toolbar.

Last week, when I blogged about Google's anti-malware team launching a blog and dropping hints about future plans, I suggested that a big acquisition might be on the cards. This wasn't it.

It certainly looks like Google has set its sights on the desktop anti-virus space and, as others are speculating, Symantec and McAfee could soon be nervously looking over their shoulders.

See more from TechCrunch, Social Strategist and Garett Rogers.

Topics: Google, Browser, Malware, Microsoft, Security, Symantec, Virtualization, Windows

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  • Nice big brother

    Very nice, all we need is another Big Brother monitoring everything you do and recording everything through the Google Gulag group.

    NO thanks, I do not use Windows or Google have no need for either one.
    Linux User 1
  • Give it a break

    Google is a search engine company the has a need to turn a profit and compete with Microsoft. So as a result they have to have an effective advertising service. There is no evidence that Google uses any of it's data for anything other they selling ads so that they can continue their operation.

    Would Big Brother really ride a bike to work or drive a Prius like Google's billionaire owners?

    Everybody loves to hate the company that tries to make a profit.
    T1Oracle
  • RE: Google buys anti-malware browser virtualization startup

    I have had greenborder on ie7 for the last two yrs. and when I say I love it ,thats an under statment.It has been a great complement to McAfee in making our pc more safe.I can't count the times it blocked key loggers and reset hangs in ie. I hope google is close to a rerealease of this most important program.I'm willing to buy it again in a heartbeat.
    WEBJR