How to Scan Email for Viruses?
When an email message arrives, when you open an email, and when you send an email message, your Gmail account conducts virus scans automatically. If Google Gmail detects a virus or a questionable attachment, it may refuse to deliver the email to your inbox.
Email Scans All, Blocks Some
Incoming mails that fail a malware scan are blocked by Gmail. Gmail prohibits emails that are more than 25 megabytes in size, as well as some types of attachments, such as executable files. EXE files are executable files that can change the setting of your computer, install software, and perform other tasks. Files with the extensions BAT, SCR, and others are also prohibited.
Virus Scanning on Incoming Gmail Messages
Google Gmail scans all incoming emails with unidentified virus detection software or a suite of virus detection apps. When the virus detection process identifies a virus or a forbidden file type, it disables email. The sender may be notified that the email was not delivered to the intended recipient. A blocked email’s intended recipient sees nothing.
Gmail may ask for your help if the Google Gmail virus check doesn’t understand an attachment or doesn’t finish within a specific amount of time. “Oops… the virus scanning is having a problem right now,” or something similar, appears on Gmail, and you can choose to download the email at your own risk. Downloading attachments that can’t be inspected isn’t recommended by Gmail.
Virus Scanning on Outgoing Gmail Messages
Gmail generates an error notice when it detects a virus or a forbidden file type attached to an outgoing email.
To remove the attachment and send the message, click OK. To return to the email you’re trying to send, click Cancel. Next to the attachment, Gmail shows an error message. When you attach a blocked file type, you may get an error message right away.
To find out why the file is being blocked, go to Help. To remove the associated file, click x.
Although Google Gmail can detect viruses, it is unable to remove them from infected attachments. Virus-scanning/removal software should be used to clean the attachment before sending it again. If the virus cannot be eradicated or the attachment is a forbidden file type, delete it.