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Test to See if Your Antivirus Software Works (Safe)

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Most of you probably have anti-virus software on your computer. If you do, good job; however, are you sure it works? Let’s do a quick test.

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

  1. Open Notepad and paste the above line into it.

    anti-virus

  2. Save the file and real time protection should immediately find the file. (If you have real time protection turned off, you will need to scan the file.)

    anti-virus

  3. If this doesn’t work for you, make sure your virus checker is up to date and working.

This file is a dummy virus, which simulates a virus. This string is provided by EICAR for distribution as the “EICAR Standard Anti-Virus Test File”, The file is a legitimate DOS program, and produces sensible results when run (it prints the message “EICAR-STANDARD-ANTIVIRUS-TEST-FILE!”).


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24 Responses to Test to See if Your Antivirus Software Works (Safe)

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Tim R

Nice, mine’s working!

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Niiiiiiiice!!! I could scare some people wit this

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Dan

Nice post man. I love this site. Good job!

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J.C.

Maybe I missed it but you forgot to mention to save as .exe
or at least mine didn’t detect it until I did and that isn’t something I expect most folks to know.

Love the site – great work!

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Rich

Thanks for the tip J.C. Try saving it as a txt/doc/rtf … or anything for that matter, and it will still catch it — which is good news for us!

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Angad

Yup, It Works with my Norton Antivirus 2008 too!

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[AnubiS]

Works perfectly with Avast 4.8. thanks for the tip.

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Michael D

Tested on AVG and it works!

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Bernadette Larson

It works with AVG8.0

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Good Layout and Design. I like your blog. I just added your RSS feed to my Google News Reader. . :) :) :)

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Ronak Agrawal

tested and works well….

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ken

avast won’t catch it but nod32 security suite did

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Rohit Bansal

Heyy!! Kaspersky too caught it and deleted the file.
Thanks buddy!!

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