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yahoo mail as virus scanner

How to Use Yahoo Mail as Virus Scanner

Yahoo Mail has an inbuilt feature that automatically scans the files you send as attachments for potential malware and viruses. We will use this feature of Yahoo Mail as a Virus Scanner for scanning our files. You can upload the desired file you need to scan for viruses on Yahoo Mail. 

Steps to use Yahoo Mail as Antivirus

Precondition: You should have a Yahoo Mail account. If you don’t have one, follow the instruction on this link to create a new Yahoo Mail

  1.  Go to mail.yahoo.com and login with the correct yahoo username and password.
  2. Click on Compose Button from the Left Navigation Menu bar. Compose Email section will open.
  3. From the Compose Section, select a paperclip icon located next to the send button on the bottom toolbar. A file select modal window will appear.
  4. Select the file you want to scan and click Open
  5. Now, the yahoo mail server will scan the file for the potential virus before uploading it to the server. If Yahoo Mail finds the viruses, it will inform the user. If Yahoo Mail cannot find the virus, the file gets uploaded without any problem.
    Upload Attachment To Yahoo Mail
  6. Once the scanning is complete, remove the file from yahoo. To remove the file is very simple, 
    1. Hover over the uploaded file. Three dot icon will appear(…).
    2.  Click on ellipses(…) and click on Remove option.
  7. Instead of removing the file, you can also delete the email itself. Since the user hasn’t sent the email, it will be on the Draft stage. To remove Draft email is very simple
    1. Click on a Draft option from the left navigation menu.
    2. Check the checkbox of the email which you want to delete from the Draft Email list. 
    3. Click on the Delete button from the top menu.
    4. Alert message will appear saying, “Are you sure you want to permanently delete conversation.” click OK button.
    5. The Draft Email gets deleted.

Steps to use Yahoo Mail as Antivirus for Basic Mail

If you are using the Yahoo Basic Mail, then the steps are slightly different than for Newest Yahoo Mail.

  1.  Go to mail.yahoo.com and login with your yahoo credential.
  2. Click on Compose Button from the Left Navigation Menu bar. 
  3. From the Compose Section, Click on Attach Files Button located next to the Subject text.
  4. You can attach/scan five files at once on Yahoo Basic Mail. Click on the Choose File button. File Selector modal will appear.
  5. Select the file you want to scan and click Open. Your file name will be displayed next to the Choose file. You can attach more files too.
  6. Click on Attach FIles. Now yahoo mail server scans the file for the virus. If Yahoo Mail Server finds the virus, then the file won’t be attached, and the user will get notified. If the file doesn’t contain a virus, then the file will be uploaded successfully.
    Upload Attachment To Yahoo Mail: Basic Yahoo Mail
  7. Once the scanning is complete, remove the file by clicking Remove option below the attachment.
  8. Removing Draft email in Yahoo Basic Mail is very simple
    1. Click on a Draft option from the left navigation menu.
    2. Check the checkbox of the email which you want to delete from the Draft Email list. 
    3. Click on the Delete button from the top menu.
    4. Alert message will appear saying, “Are you sure you want to permanently delete the selected messages?”, click OK button.

Steps to use Yahoo Mail as Antivirus for Mobile Yahoo Mail App

If you are using the Mobile Phone, then you can use the Yahoo Mail App as an Antivirus. The process mentioned below will be for Android Yahoo Mail App, but the step is very similar for the iPhone Yahoo Mail App too.

  1.  Open Yahoo Mail App from the list of menu. If you don’t have Yahoo Mail App, you can download it from Google Play Store.
    Open google play store.
    On the Search bar on top navigation type Yahoo Mail, the search result list will appear with a list of the relevant application
    Tap on an application called Yahoo Mail – Organized Email.
    Tap on the Install button and install the Yahoo Mail App.
    Google Play Store Yahoo Mail
  2. If you first time visited the App, you have to log in to App via correct login credentials. The application will redirect the user to Inbox Page. If you already logged in, then the application will redirect you to the Inbox page of the App.
  3. From the top right bar, tap on the pencil icon. The user gets redirected to New Message Page.
  4. Tab on + icon from the bottom, a small Attachment menu will expand.
  5. From the Attachment, menu tap on image icon if you want to scan your image for the potential virus. Tap on file icon if you want to scan your file for the potential virus. 
  6. Select the file/image you want to scan and tap on the Attach button on the top right.
    Yahoo Mobile Compose
  7. Note: If the user is uploading Attachment for the first time, then the user has to grant permission to the application. Permission is required so that the application can access the storage.
  8. Yahoo mail server scans the file for the virus. If Yahoo Mail Server finds the virus, then the file won’t be attached, and the user will get notified. Yahoo will upload a file if no potential virus found, or else It won’t upload the file. Instead, the warning message gets displayed.
  9. Once the scanning is complete, remove the file.
  10. Click on the three-dot icon on the left of the Attachment. The attachment option menu will appear.
  11. Select the option Remove to remove the attached file.

Limitation of using Yahoo Mail as a virus scanner

Although this article is using Yahoo Mail can as a virus scanner, there is some limitation to using Yahoo Mail as a virus scanner. 

  1. Yahoo Mail has size limits on attachment. You cannot upload a file larger than 25 MB. That means you cannot scan a file that is larger than 25 MB. If you want to upload a large file, then follow the instruction mentioned in THIS ARTICLE.
  2. Yahoo Mail virus scanning system is not as effective as the paid antivirus like Norton AntiVirus, McAfee Antivirus, etc. They are the juggernaut of a Virus Scanner, and Yahoo simply cannot compete with them.
    I personally use Norton AntiVirus. It’s easy, and the intuitive dashboard is really userfriendly to use. It supports multiple platform; i can use it on my Linux operating system as well as my Mac book pro. The most important aspect I like about Norton is its all-rounder antivirus. It provides Internet security as well as scans potential malware on our computer too. I recommend you to use Norton Antivirus as your primary Antivirus.
  3. You can only scan files but not folders. The workaround can be converting the folder to zip and scanning it as a single file.