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How To Test Your Anti-Virus Software

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.)


Then select File, Save, select All Files for the file type, then save the file as

Your anti-virus software may prevent you from saving the file as,which is a sign that it is working effectively. If it doesn't raise an alert, try scanning the folder where you saved

To see what happens if you try to run a file containing a virus, double-click to open it.

Explanation The file 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-ANTI-VIRUS-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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