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Gmail gets virus scanning

Dec 02, 20051 min
Data Center

Google’s confirmed it has added virus-scanning to its increasingly popular – and amazingly still in beta – Gmail free e-mail service.

The Microsoft-in-the-making has confirmed Gmail will automatically scan all attachments users send and receive, and block certain attachments, such as executables. More info from Google on the feature is available here.

What you won’t find on that page, however, is what virus-scanning technology Google is using. A company spokeswoman confirmed it’s licensing the tech from a third-party, but wouldn’t say who. Party poopers.