Test Your Virus Protection With the EICAR Test
Eicar Standartd Anti-Virus Test File (Eicar)
is a safe file developed by the Eicar Organization for testing anitvirus software.
It is commonly used to:
- Confirm the antivirus software is installed
- Demonstrate what happens when a virus is found.
- Check internal procedures and reactions when a
virus is found.
Your Virus Protection detects Eicar as if it were a real virus.
Download or find instruction how to create the Eicar test file, here http://www.f-secure.com/virus-info/eicar_test_file.shtml
The Eicar test file is available in two formats: Eicar.com and
When your Virus
Protection is enabled and running correctly, you should not be able to
save or execute the eicar.com file to your computer. Virus
Protection will automatically detect and disinfect (rename or delete)
the file. Changing the file name, for example to eicar.co0,
renders it unexcecutable, similar to a dead virus. If you later try to
change the name back to eicar.com to execute it, your Virus
Protection will automatically detect it.
By default, compressed
files like ZIP files are not scanned real-time. Virus Protection scans
these automatically when you attempt to extract or execute their
content. To test the eicar.zip-format, download and save the eicar.zip
file to your computer. Right-click the eicar.zip file, and select Scan
eicar.zip for viruses.
|| "Disinfection" occurs only when the
Eicar file is renamed or deleted. For more information, see Why
some files cannot be cleaned.
is a good way to get familiar with antivirus software. Try changing
your F-Secure Internet Security Level to high and see what happens.
Important! Before attempting to test your
mailbox with Eicar, please read How
to Clean an Infected Mailbox. Eicar is a safe file, but actions
taken during disinfection may render it dangerous, especially if your
antivirus does not scan incoming/outgoing e-mail. When testing a
mailbox, do not
select the action "Delete automatically" if the
infected file is named OUTLOOK.PST, INBOX.DBX, or similar - this is
your mailbox file. If you happen to delete your mailbox file, please
to Restore a Deleted Mailbox.