wrote that before i realized, you already started to answer him...
Actually, I didn't. I was taking the lazyass way out of typing all that. My thanks to you was quite sincere.
Ultimately Gerard, a clever email user wouldn't need any antivirus protection at all. It's all about knowing what to open and what to delete immediately. And, of course not using HTML. Which, both of the webmail programs you use use by default, if I remember right.
If on those two, gmail and google, you see anything in your Control Panel/User Settings that gives you the option to compose or read email in Text Only, do it.
I only use a email client program, not webmail, in particular Thunderbird and/or Courier, so I don't know about the settings in google and gmail. Perhaps someone else here can help on that one.