Introduction: Easy Virus Check Using Google

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In this instructable I am going to teach you how to check a file for viruses using google. All you need is a gmail account.

Step 1: Getting a Google Account

The first step is to get a Google Account if you don't have one already. We will be using gmail.
Once you have a google account you are ready to continue to the next step.

Step 2: Open Up Gmail

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Now after opening your Google account go to Gmail and click compose Mail. Now just follow the pictures for the rest of the instructable.

Step 3: The End

If the instructable is done correctly you should receive a file that has been checked for viruses.
Thanks for Reading
Joe Rowley
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benthekahn (author)2008-05-10

This technique isn't all the way accurate. Whenever I try to email a Word document from the macs at school using Gmail, it will say it has a virus.

unknown04guy (author)2007-12-16

...or you could go to and upload your file to check for viruses.

lemonie (author)2007-07-01

You're explaining how to use the Gmail virus checker on any file. It's a fairly neat trick, but would be better not explained with yellow comment boxes.# However, where would anyone get a suspect file from that needed checking? Serious question, if it's not coming in through Gmail, where are you getting dodgy files from? L

dglp (author)lemonie2007-07-01

The last time I got an infected file was through my ISP, from an office worker who sent an infected word document as an attachment. It is also the case that students and well-meaning colleagues send crap to my main ISP account. In those instances I simply forward the document and open the attachment once it's been vetted by google or some other reputable service. As for this instructable, I have to agree with earlier posters that the images are illegible, and that the instructions would have been faster (plus easier) to read as text. It also seems that one could simply say "forward the message to yourself via your Gmail account'. Use of the KISS principle applies here.

lemonie (author)dglp2007-07-01

When you refer to ISP, you're talking about infection by e-mail? Given what you've said about forwarding, I'd lump this in with "coming in through Gmail". I'm interested as to where else people get dodgy files from (that would benefit from this Instructable) L

stib (author)lemonie2007-08-26

I believe that there are test files that virus checker software developers use for testing, they're not viruses, but they should be recognised as viruses if your AV software is working properly. Have a look on the ClamAVClamAV website (Clam AV is free open source anti-virus software), that's where I heard about this, there's a link there somewhere where you can download them.

joejoerowley (author)lemonie2007-07-02

Omega Zip drives?(You remember)

lemonie (author)joejoerowley2007-07-02

iOmega, yes I do remember - does anyone still use them? (thinking USB RAM here) L

joejoerowley (author)lemonie2007-07-02

I do (its my dads). Do you remember the virus that spreed that infected the disk and the disk drive. That sucked! (I was not a live for it or I don't remember it.)

lemonie (author)joejoerowley2007-07-02

No, don't know that one. Early '90's? (But drives don't get infected, only the disks in them) L

ARVash (author)lemonie2007-07-25

unless it's a hard drive (budum pish)

LasVegas (author)2007-07-01

Where's the instructable? You should have posted the steps. not just a bunch of screen shots shrunk down to the point of being illegible. This process only checks email in the same fashion that my ISP already does.

joejoerowley (author)LasVegas2007-07-01

The Instructable is in the yellow boxs!!

LasVegas (author)joejoerowley2007-07-01

Like I said... They are called "Steps" for a reason.

latobada (author)LasVegas2007-07-01

i agree, LasVegas was right when he said, You should have posted the steps. not just a bunch of screen shots shrunk down to the point of being illegible.

and they are called boxes

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