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18 Jul 2007 Simple antivirus test using a text file

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This is a simple test to check if your antivirus software is up and running

  1. Create a text file
  2. Insert the following text into the file
    X5O!P%@AP[4\PZX54(P^)7CC)7}$EICAR-STANDARD-ANTIVIRUS-TEST-FILE!$H+H* 
  3. Save the file with the filename eicar.com

Your antivirus software should detect this file as a virus and notify you about that. Your antivirus software is not working if this doesn’t happen!
Then it’s time to worry :)

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