Server Administration & Management

How to Check if antivirus software is working

To test if your anti-virus is working; create a new text file using notepad for example and paste the following line:


Save the file as ‘eicar.com’; your anti-virus should alert you as virus infection if its working as it should.

The file itself is very safe and is just a standard way to test anti-virus. EICAR stands for ‘European Institute for Computer Anti-virus research’. If your anti-virus software did not alert you then it should at least prevent you from running the file.

September 14, 2012 Posted by | Security, Tips & Tricks | , , | Leave a comment