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Post by Doctor Inferno on Wed Oct 29, 2008 9:11 am

The EICAR test file (official name: EICAR Standard Anti-Virus Test File) is a file, developed by the European Institute for Computer Antivirus Research, to test the response of computer antivirus (AV) programs.

EICAR likens the use of a live virus to test AV software to setting a fire in a trashcan to test a fire alarm, and promotes the EICAR test file as a safe alternative.

The file is simply a text file of either 68 or 70 bytes that is a legitimate executable file called a COM file that can run by Microsoft operating systems and some work-alikes, including OS/2.


The Eicar test string reads:
Code:
X5O!P%@AP[4\PZX54(P^)7CC)7}$EICAR-STANDARD-ANTIVIRUS-TEST-FILE!$H+H*


You can copy that string to notepad and save it as either as a .com or .txt extension with any name that you want.

Your antivirus should detect it as a malicious file (although it's not) and delete, neutralise, disinfect or whatever you call it.


Alternatively you can go to this link:

http://www.eicar.org/download/eicar.com.txt

Your antivirus should block the site like my Kaspersky Internet Security:



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Re: Test if Your Antivirus is For Real

Post by emu1616 on Wed Oct 29, 2008 12:57 pm

Nice little test for general user.


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Re: Test if Your Antivirus is For Real

Post by Belahzur on Wed Oct 29, 2008 1:37 pm

Does this work with antispyware programs too? Superantispyware didn't find anything but AVG8 did.


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Re: Test if Your Antivirus is For Real

Post by Doctor Inferno on Wed Oct 29, 2008 1:50 pm

It doesn't work with antispywares. But it must work with antiviruses, if it doesn't it is not worthy to use or there is a chance it is a rouge antivirus because most rouge antivirus I test doesn't detect this file.


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Re: Test if Your Antivirus is For Real

Post by Sir $wat on Thu Oct 30, 2008 12:42 am

mine works...



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Re: Test if Your Antivirus is For Real

Post by Doctor Inferno on Thu Oct 30, 2008 1:59 am

You mean antispyware?


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Re: Test if Your Antivirus is For Real

Post by Belahzur on Thu Oct 30, 2008 2:04 am

Doubt it, probably means AV.


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Re: Test if Your Antivirus is For Real

Post by zaviershk on Thu Oct 30, 2008 9:03 am

Cool. The first time i see my AV pop up with a warning LOL Banner


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Re: Test if Your Antivirus is For Real

Post by ocean.bluex on Thu Oct 30, 2008 10:15 am

Yep. My anti virus is for real

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Re: Test if Your Antivirus is For Real

Post by tarzan on Fri Oct 31, 2008 9:35 am

My Nod32 detected the code, hurrah

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Re: Test if Your Antivirus is For Real

Post by redx54321 on Sat Nov 01, 2008 10:04 am

Kaspersky detected it

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Re: Test if Your Antivirus is For Real

Post by Jerry Parnell on Sun Nov 02, 2008 2:32 am

That test actually sucks.

Most AV's detect that reguardless of there abilitys to detect actual "in the wild" malware.

That is just simply part of there definations.

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Re: Test if Your Antivirus is For Real

Post by Doctor Inferno on Sun Nov 02, 2008 2:38 am

The main aim of the test is to distinguish rouge antiviruses from real antiviruses.


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Re: Test if Your Antivirus is For Real

Post by dyingdude on Sun Nov 02, 2008 10:57 am

My antivirus is real

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Re: Test if Your Antivirus is For Real

Post by thenzphantom on Mon Nov 03, 2008 7:31 pm

I have Nortons IS 2009 installed and it picked it up quick smart. Nice to know. Thx.

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Re: Test if Your Antivirus is For Real

Post by Belahzur on Sat Nov 15, 2008 7:13 pm

Found something interesting today.
http://belsec.skynetblogs.be/

Keep your eye on the website, a few interesting facts gonna be posted this week.

But more to my point of posting here.
This article from the blog.
http://belsec.skynetblogs.be/post/6434699/virustotal-virus-infected-pdf-files-and-alert

The guy talks about pdf exploits. I wanna know what geekpolice thinks.
Download this file.

http://didierstevens.com/files/data/eicar.pdf
It's a pdf version of the eicar test file. Download it and scan it, tell me what your AV finds. (if anything :whistle: )

So anyone using Adobe reader anything below 9 needs to update.
http://www.adobe.com/uk/products/acrobat/readstep2.html


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Re: Test if Your Antivirus is For Real

Post by intel14 on Sat Nov 15, 2008 8:56 pm

PDF exploits? wow! that sucks! Shocking Whoa

my KIS didn't find anything suspicious with eicar.pdf Afraid



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Re: Test if Your Antivirus is For Real

Post by xpreetzo on Sun Nov 16, 2008 10:12 am

Heh... That is scary. My av still doesnt detect it after upgrading to version 9.

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Re: Test if Your Antivirus is For Real

Post by Belahzur on Sun Nov 16, 2008 12:39 pm

^ Yep, hah.
Some AV's will only detect it after you open it, but by then it's too late.


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Re: Test if Your Antivirus is For Real

Post by zaviershk on Tue Nov 18, 2008 3:42 am

thanks for the info, updating adobe reader now...


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Re: Test if Your Antivirus is For Real

Post by gloriafairy on Tue Nov 18, 2008 3:03 pm

Interesting read.....

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Re: Test if Your Antivirus is For Real

Post by bongring on Wed Nov 19, 2008 9:46 am

sophos and nod32 detected eicar and deleted it. Bow or Thanks

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Re: Test if Your Antivirus is For Real

Post by Belahzur on Wed Nov 19, 2008 12:24 pm

The pdf version?
Awesome. Hooray!


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Re: Test if Your Antivirus is For Real

Post by A.F.R.A.K on Wed Nov 19, 2008 12:35 pm

my KIS2009 detected this

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Re: Test if Your Antivirus is For Real

Post by Dell23 on Fri Nov 28, 2008 9:12 pm

Avast WORKED ! thank you

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Re: Test if Your Antivirus is For Real

Post by vikneshwaren on Thu Dec 25, 2008 2:46 am

My av eset nod32 is real









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Re: Test if Your Antivirus is For Real

Post by LadySmith on Tue Dec 30, 2008 7:40 am

I'm able to go to that URL...no blocking whatsoever from AVG8. I will do the notepad thing and run a scan and see if it detects it then.

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Re: Test if Your Antivirus is For Real

Post by vikneshwaren on Tue Dec 30, 2008 7:43 am

Now i've installed Kaspersky Internet Security..









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Re: Test if Your Antivirus is For Real

Post by LadySmith on Tue Dec 30, 2008 8:06 am

@LadySmith wrote:I'm able to go to that URL...no blocking whatsoever from AVG8. I will do the notepad thing and run a scan and see if it detects it then.

Well, I did the notepad thing and then right clicked it and chose to scan with AVG. The results did show an infection. But I got no kind of popup or anything about it and it did let me go to that URL with no notice or anything wrong.

Does this mean I need a different AV? I've used AVG for years with no problems.

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Re: Test if Your Antivirus is For Real

Post by Doctor Inferno on Tue Dec 30, 2008 3:07 pm

AVG is fine, it might take a while for it to scan the file. This time try to put it in a folder. Close the folder and open it again. See if AVG detects it.


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Re: Test if Your Antivirus is For Real

Post by LadySmith on Sat Jan 03, 2009 4:03 am

@Doctor Inferno wrote:AVG is fine, it might take a while for it to scan the file. This time try to put it in a folder. Close the folder and open it again. See if AVG detects it.

OK, I did what you said, and put it in a folder, closed it and opened it again. I'm not getting any kind of popup notification or anything from AVG.

Before I put it in the folder, I could right click and choose to scan with AVG and it did show it in the results, but still no popup alert or anything. Now that I have it in the folder, and specifically scan it, it shows 0 infections. ?????

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Re: Test if Your Antivirus is For Real

Post by Doctor Inferno on Sat Jan 03, 2009 4:09 am

Doesn't sound good. Better to get another anitivirus, I recommend Avast!


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Re: Test if Your Antivirus is For Real

Post by LadySmith on Sat Jan 03, 2009 4:39 am

Any others with AVG 8.0.176 out there that has tried this?

I used AVG for years, but will probably uninstall it and install Avast.

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Re: Test if Your Antivirus is For Real

Post by Doctor Inferno on Sat Jan 03, 2009 4:46 am



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Re: Test if Your Antivirus is For Real

Post by LadySmith on Sat Jan 03, 2009 4:49 am

Hmm...I wonder why my AVG isn't detecting it? I mean, it does if I specifically scan it, but not when it's in the folder and not with an overall scan.

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Re: Test if Your Antivirus is For Real

Post by mcovotery on Mon Mar 23, 2009 10:13 pm

nice thnx

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Re: Test if Your Antivirus is For Real

Post by drc on Tue Apr 28, 2009 4:58 pm

avira antivirus didnt detect it...should i change my antivirus??can you guys give me an advice which antivirus i should download?

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Re: Test if Your Antivirus is For Real

Post by Belahzur on Tue Apr 28, 2009 5:20 pm

@drc wrote:avira antivirus didnt detect it...should i change my antivirus??can you guys give me an advice which antivirus i should download?

Did you save it as a .txt extension file? Avira doesn't detect it if it's a text file.
It has to be an executable form of extension (exe/com/scr/pif/cmd)


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Re: Test if Your Antivirus is For Real

Post by drc on Tue Apr 28, 2009 8:23 pm

i saved it as .txt...i'll try what you said..thanks again

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Re: Test if Your Antivirus is For Real

Post by drc on Tue Apr 28, 2009 8:26 pm

sweet! avira did detected it this time...thanks Hooray!

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Re: Test if Your Antivirus is For Real

Post by M0nk on Sat Dec 05, 2009 4:12 am

I currently have Panda Security and know its legit but is it okay if it did not block the site?

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Re: Test if Your Antivirus is For Real

Post by Doctor Inferno on Sat Dec 05, 2009 7:11 am

As long as it blocks the text file, it's fine.


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Post by M0nk on Sat Dec 05, 2009 10:06 am

I saved it as a text file then directly scanned and Panda deleted it. Thank you.

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Re: Test if Your Antivirus is For Real

Post by Lance(HAOH) on Sat Dec 26, 2009 10:54 am

Avast detected it too. Actually, almost every Antivirus detects it. The Eicar file is just to test whether the antivirus program has been correctly installed.
http://www.virustotal.com/analisis/275a021bbfb6489e54d471899f7db9d1663fc695ec2fe2a2c4538aabf651fd0f-1261824752

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Re: Test if Your Antivirus is For Real

Post by aww1157 on Tue Dec 29, 2009 7:49 pm

My Avira didn't block it.

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Re: Test if Your Antivirus is For Real

Post by aww1157 on Tue Dec 29, 2009 8:05 pm

My Avira did block the PDF but not the original link on page 1.

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Re: Test if Your Antivirus is For Real

Post by arfamow on Thu Jan 07, 2010 6:07 pm

Avast found almost before I had clicked on the link

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