Gmail AntiVirus Test Drive

| December 3rd, 2005

After all the buzz about Gmail integrating an anti-virus scanner floating around on the web since yesterday I decided to test it out myself.

As per Gmail:

If a virus is found in an attachment you’ve received, our system will attempt to remove it, or clean the file, so you can still access the information it contains. If the virus can’t be removed from the file, you won’t be able to download it.

So I sent the EICAR Anti-Virus test file to my account and this is what I actually recieved:

This message has been processed by Brightmail(r) AntiVirus using Symantec’s AntiVirus Technology.

eicar.com was infected with the malicious virus EICAR Test String and has been deleted because the file cannot be cleaned.eicar.com was infected with the malicious virus EICAR Test String and has been deleted because the file cannot be cleaned.

eicar.com was infected with the malicious virus EICAR Test String and has been deleted because the file cannot be cleaned.

then again Gmail said:

If a virus is found in an attachment you’re trying to send, you won’t be able to send the message until you remove the attachment.

so I tried that out to by first trying to attach the eicar.com file to the outgoing mail for which Gmail responded as:

I also tried attaching the zipped virus and the response was similar:

Conclusion: Gmail uses Brightmail(r) AntiVirus using Symantec’s AntiVirus Technology which sure does its job well. The feature of not allowing a user to attach an infected file into the outgoing mail looks promising.