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Gmail upgrades with virus protection

Date: December 03, 2005

Google Inc. yesterday announced it will offer automatic virus scanning for all attachments sent through its popular Gmail system. The anti-virus will attempt to clean or remove viruses from infected attachments.

Users will not be able to download infected attachments. In addition they will be prevented from sending infected attachments also.

A Google spokesperson said that tests with the new e-mail anti-virus system are being conducted for over a week and that by the end of this week all Gmail users will have it.

The anti-virus technology Google is licensed from a third party, but the search giant did not disclose the name of the vendor.

Analysts consider that the lack of an anti-virus system was the only reason Gmail remained in beta version. Now, with the introduction of this system, Gmail is expected to exit beta testing.
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