Most of you probably have anti-virus software on your computer. If you do, good job; however, are you sure it works? Let’s do a quick test.
- Open Notepad and paste the above line into it.
- Save the file and real time protection should immediately find the file. (If you have real time protection turned off, you will need to scan the file.)
- If this doesn’t work for you, make sure your virus checker is up to date and working.
This file is a dummy virus, which simulates a virus. This string is provided by EICAR for distribution as the “EICAR Standard Anti-Virus Test File”, The file is a legitimate DOS program, and produces sensible results when run (it prints the message “EICAR-STANDARD-ANTIVIRUS-TEST-FILE!”).