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A friend of mine is investigating a potential false positive detected by AVG. When I go on AVG's website, they ask that false positives be zipped into a zip file and sent via email to virus@avg.com. I'm not really comfortable sending a virus over email from one of my email accounts. Sending viruses over email seems illegal and at the very least should be a violation of the email provider's terms of usage.

Is there any good way that I can submit this suspicious virus to AVG without sending it via email? If not, does anyone have a recommendation for a free email provider whose terms of use allows this sort of message?

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Use a an anonymous online e-mail account from google, yahoo or similar.

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If it is a false positive, then it should be a perfectly harmless file, right?

Regardless, I would suggest using a free online service, such as Gmail.

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If you're worried about detection, you can encrypt the zip file.

I don't think it will be found to be illegal or even questionable to send a file if

  1. The recipient specifically requests viruses,
  2. You are explicit in the email that the contents are or might be a virus, and
  3. The file is not, in fact, malicious.
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