Gmail Could Not Scan This File For Viruses?

Gmail has been a pretty strong spam blocker so far, and I use it to route emails to avoid webmail spam for our other email ids too, but there have been some lapses on their part where International characters (non English)  are concerned.

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I received a email at my Gmail account, which had a rar file attachment, but for some reasons Gmail showed a message saying Gmail Could Not Scan This File For Viruses.


My first reaction to the email was that probably Gmail did not scan some types of file, but I sent out a test email with a similar file type, to see whether Gmail would scan the file or not, but it did scan the file.


As you can see it was actually able to scan my attached file for viruses, I am still clueless as to why Gmail was not able to scan the file attachment in the earlier email.

I have the base64 attachment from the email and will run it though some checks and investigate the problems and update our readers shortly. The next time you want to download any attachments, make sure it has been checked for viruses by Gmail itself.

You may also want to check several emails and scams we have alerted readers about, along articles that help you stay safe and some security precautions while you access the Internet.

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  • weird. then again, i probably wouldn’t download something i wasn’t expecting. :)

  • I don’t think Gmail scans RAR files at all that is why one can send executable files in a RAR archive. Though a msg is displayed for scanning but this is strange in your case.

  • Now that’s strange. So I guess gmail finds it difficult scanning files with foreign characters, but that’s quite disappointing though.

  • I guess the 111.rar file is password protected archive or a corrupted one. And other was not….

  • Hakermania Hakermanium

    Tested by me, password protected archives are NOT tested by GMAIL.