Martijn Lammerts
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Test your AV with the EICAR test virus file

2 July 2013

The EICAR Standard Anti-Virus Test File or EICAR test file is a computer file, developed by the European Institute for Computer Antivirus Research (EICAR), to test the response of computer antivirus (AV) programs.

An EICAR test file can  easily created using any text editor (Notepad)

To create an EICAR test file, copy and paste the following line into a blank Notepad file or dowload it direct here:

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

Save the file as EICAR.COM.
When the test file runs successfully (if it is not direct detected and blocked by your AV program), it prints the message “EICAR-STANDARD-ANTIVIRUS-TEST-FILE!“.

 

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