Google Drive is Flagging Plugins as ‘Viruses’

tl;dr Google, who already blocked anyone from emailing a zip with certain JS files inside (compressed/combined files), has moved to blocking them as ‘viruses’ entirely.

This week a new hassle popped up with anyone who uses Google Drive.

If you’re not the owner of a file, you may have seen a warning like this:

Warning: Sorry, this file is infected with a virus. Only the owner is allowed to download infected files.

Or maybe this when trying to download:

A virus was detected, so you can't download this file.

In both cases, it’s Google being weird and sadly it’s not something we can fix.

What this means is that you will want to transition away from using Google Drive to distribute your zips, for pluginPlugin A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. These can be free in the Plugin Directory or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party reviews but also for regular sharing of a zip that has javascriptJavaScript JavaScript or JS is an object-oriented computer programming language commonly used to create interactive effects within web browsers. WordPress makes extensive use of JS for a better user experience. While PHP is executed on the server, JS executes within a user’s browser. They used to only do this for Gmail, so it’s somewhat understandable they’d expand this to Drive. Sadly they’re a little shortsighted on implementation and while they may get around to fixing this, they may decide not to care about it and keep blocking.

There are other services like Dropbox or Wetransfer, but also please remember you can always use code repositories like Gitlab or GithubGitHub GitHub is a website that offers online implementation of git repositories that can can easily be shared, copied and modified by other developers. Public repositories are free to host, private repositories require a paid subscription. GitHub introduced the concept of the ‘pull request’ where code changes done in branches by contributors can be reviewed and discussed before being merged be the repository owner. (both of which will build zips for you, so you shouldn’t upload the zip itself to the repos).

We’re sorry about Google getting weird like this.

ETA: Guess what else uses Google to manage attachments? HelpScoutHelp Scout A 3rd party service we use to process emails for plugin reviews.. I have a ticket in to ask to disable that, because hiiiiii. But right now, we’re having a banner day.

#download, #google-drive, #virus