Google has launched virus scanning on its Gmail e-mail service to complement its existing virus protection.
Gmail, recently rebranded as Google Mail due to a domain dispute, now includes automatic scanning of all attachments users send and receive.It aims to clean or remove viruses from infected attachments so that users can still access the attachment's information. If the virus cannot be removed, users will not be able to download the attachment. Gmail also will prevent users from sending messages with infected attachments.
Up until now, Google has protected Gmail users by blocking messages that carry attachments commonly associated with virus attacks. Once a scan is complete, Gmail will display the results. "Virus found" will appear next to infected files, and you won't be able to download them. If an attachment is safe, or clean, the user can download it by clicking the link.