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Use EICAR Test String to find Antivirus Effectiveness

Use EICAR Test String to find Antivirus Effectiveness

When ever you will search for best antivirus on Google, you will be bombarded with tons of options. Most of ant viruses company will claim that your system is infected with viruses and your current Anti-virus program is ineffective to detect viruses and spywares on your system.

Here I’m sharing a quick tip which will help you to find if your currently installed Anti-virus is effective or useless. For this test I’m using Nod 32 antivirus software.

In this test, I would be using EICAR test string, This test file was developed by European Institute for Computer Antivirus Research to test the effectiveness of any Anti-virus and this is harmless for your computer.

How to use this test?

To use this test, create a notepad file and paste this text

X5O!P%@AP[4PZX54(P^)7CC)7}$EICAR-STANDARD-ANTIVIRUS-TEST-FILE!$H+H*

Now save this notepad file and scan it using your antivirus. If your antivirus detects this  as virus or threat, this means your Antivirus software is working and is effective. Here is a screenshot using my Antivirus:

test-striing

In case if your antivirus failed to detect this is threat or virus. It’s time to change your Antivirus.

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Article by Harsh Agrawal

Harsh has written 185 articles.

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  • Ankit December 23, 2010, 6:13 pm

    Hey nice post ,btw you started using Eset smart antivirus.

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