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Test your Anti-Virus Integrity and Power


                                            Do you doubt that your Anti-Virus is not efficient? Want to test the Integrity and Power of your Anti-Virus ? Here is a simple way to do this. The below step is about creating a fake malware signature which makes your anti-virus to detect it. Please don’t be panic about this experiment because it just a fake malware creation and it has nothing to attack your computer.

  • Right click your desktop and select > New > Text Document or click Start > Run and type notepad.
  • A new text document is created in your desktop, open the newly created text document if it is not opened.
  • Copy the following text (Excluding Quotes).       


  • Now Save the notepad with any file name and close it. Open your Anti-virus and Scan the notepad file you edited now.

Your Anti-Virus should now Alert you about a Malware called EICAR Test-Not Virus!!. Congratulations on using a working Anti-virus. Note just delete the notepad or follow your Anti-Virus Instructions.

Thanks: Babu.

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  • January 13, 2007 at 12:04 am

    When I first read the title, I taught “This must be something complicated”, but this is damn.. damn.. simple !!

    Great Tip.

  • January 13, 2007 at 12:24 am
    Vinay S Pandey

    Sankar, Am Tested This With Kaspersky Internet Security 6.0 The Result I Got Is “No Threats Detected”

  • January 13, 2007 at 12:31 am
    Vinay S Pandey

    Sorry Sankar For My Earlier Post On This, Infact I Have Done A Mistake As I Have Taken The Line With ” “, After Deleting The Same It Shows The Perfect Result With My Kaspersky Internet Security 6.0

    Thanks Again For Such A Simple Test Of Antivirus

  • January 13, 2007 at 8:42 pm

    It WORKS man!
    Tried it McAfee Virus Scan Enterprise.

  • February 22, 2007 at 12:34 pm

    After I saved the file my Kaspersky is delete it automatically.
    Thanks you guy!

  • January 9, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    good tool! my Norton 360 works and have bitten the file i saved


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