Is Your Antivirus Software Really Working?

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  1. venn

    venn Junior Member

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    I have this note stored in my computer. Didnt remember where i get this. Anyway, credit goes to them :eek:.



    Here's How To Test Your Anti-Virus Software

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    Have you ever wondered if your anti-virus software is really working?Would you like to see what happens when it detects a virus? Here's a safe way to test your computer's virus protection
    that doesn't require you to have a real virus.

    First, open Notepad. Then copy and paste into it the text on the line below. (It should all be on one line.)

    X5O!P%@AP[4\PZX54(P^)7CC)7}$EICAR-STANDARD-ANTIVIRUS-TEST-FILE!$H+H*

    Then select File, Save, select All Files for the file type, then save the file as eicar.com.

    Your anti-virus software may prevent you from saving the file as eicar.com,which is a sign that it is working effectively. If it doesn't raise an alert, try scanning the folder where you saved eicar.com. To see what happens if you try to run a file containing a virus, double-click eicar.com to open it.

    Explanation

    The file eicar.com you have created is completely safe. It is not a virus. It is a standard test file developed by the European Institute for Computer Anti-virus Research (EICAR). All anti-virus products are programmed to detect this file as if it was a real virus. Therefore you can safely use it to test whether your anti-virus software works, without fear of infecting your computer.

    If your anti-virus product should fail to prevent you from running the file, it will simply display the text"EICAR-STANDARD-ANTI-VIRUS-TEST-FILE" in a DOS box. No harm will have been done, but you should probably consider using a better anti-virus product, because if it had been a real virus, your computer would by now be infected!
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    I just tested it with ESET Smart Security 4.0.437.0. I cant even save the file, didnt even have the chance to change the file name! :eek:

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  2. oxonbeef

    oxonbeef BANNED BANNED

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    Cool!
    Code:
    C:\Users\Ox\Desktop\eicar.com - Eicar test file
    ESET NOD32 Business edition