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More Virus Information
 

This is not a virus, but a tool designed to determine if an antivirus product is installed properly. This is a small .COM file used to test the effectiveness and operability of on-access and/or on-demand scanning of an antivirus product.
This tool is an industry recognized testing file. The name is derived from an organization named EICAR, or European Institute for Computer Anti-Virus Research.

The file is comprised of a test string, and is a DOS executable. Running the file should not do anything more than display a message on your screen:

EICAR-STANDARD-ANTIVIRUS-TEST-FILE

The file, and its use, is also described at www.eicar.org

Get the eicar.com AV Test File here

 

last updated: 06 July 2007
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