Gmail virus scanning draws some user complaints

The three main complaints being aired in Gmail discussion groups are: The virus-scanning feature can't be turned off. Gmail's long-standing virus protection -- blocking all executable file attachments -- will remain in place. Finally, Google isn't saying which vendor is providing the antivirus technology. A Google spokeswoman said that, while Google gives thoughtful consideration to user feedback, for now it has no plans to make the antivirus feature optional, nor does it plan to stop blocking executables. She also declined to identify the source of the antivirus technology Google is using.

Disabling the virus scanning is convenient for users who may occasionally need to mail an infected file for reporting purposes to an antivirus vendor and for users who may regularly handle infected messages if they are, say, IT professionals involved in antivirus work. Gmail virus scanning draws some user complaints | InfoWorld | News | 2005-12-02 | By Juan Carlos Perez, IDG News Service

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