Testing Your Anti-virus

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  1. Naej

    Naej Well-Known Member

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    Creating a test virus

    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}-STANDARD-ANTIVIRUS-TEST-FILE!+H*

    Then select File, Save, select All Files for the file type, then save the file as eicar.com. The result should look exactly like the screenshot below:

    <img src=\'http://img97.imageshack.us/img97/7906/eicariv4.gif\' border=\'0\' alt=\'user posted image\' />

    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-ANTIVIRUS-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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  2. `c r e a m

    `c r e a m Well-Known Member

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    :D it worked my scanner picked it up

    thanx man
     
  3. Naej

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    No Problem ^_^
     
  4. Dencity

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    hehe mine quarintined it so I think it did its job? Thanks man
     
  5. WereWolf987

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    That's awesome [+]Rep for this man.

    My virus protector picked it up as soon as I saved it lol.
     
  6. KinXiom

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    sweet avast picked it up like it was sooo harmful i feel so safe :P
     
  7. Naej

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    Thank you.Thats my 1st rep :D ...it really feels good that your protected by your anti-virus ^_^
     
  8. jimorrison

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    well it worked so i guess the antivirus is functioning....
     
  9. SM hallow

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    geez i got like 10 popups from my antivirus that i got a virus :eek:
     
  10. Moch+

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    I guess I need a new anti-virus program...mine didn't pick it up...anyone have any suggestions?

    [+]rep dude.
     
  11. `Majiny

    `Majiny Banned from GR

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    worked.

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  12. xlink

    xlink GR's Tech Enthusiast

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    i think this only applies to people not smart enough to pop in a windows disk and click reinstall...
     
  13. Naej

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    Thanks for the Rep ;)
     
  14. strained

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    yes nice job with this my Kaspersky detected it
     
  15. Gurly

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    ha ha nice
    it detected it and removed it no questions ;P
     

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