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Popular Topics => PC Tips & Tricks => Topic started by: Vermon on October 30, 2015, 04:10:44 pm

Title: How can I test Anti-virus software ?
Post by: Vermon on October 30, 2015, 04:10:44 pm
Hi Guys , Can someone help to understand is it possible to test Anti-virus sofware. Is it safe and whether it can remove viruses in my PC before pay for it?
Title: Re: How can I test Anti-virus software ?
Post by: Execute on November 02, 2015, 03:32:19 pm
That is a really interesting question, Vermon!  :)

There is a test-file included into the signature definitions of every Anti-Virus program. The file is developed by the European Institute for Computer Antivirus Research (EICAR) and can be downloaded from their official website at eicar.org (http://eicar.org) . With the said file, you can do a test for the two most important layers of defense any Anti-Virus should have:
The file contains the following, non-malicious, single string:
X5O!P%@AP[4\PZX54(P^)7CC)7}$EICAR-STANDARD-ANTIVIRUS-TEST-FILE!$H+H*

You can re-create the file on your own, without downloading it from the EICAR site. Here’s how to do it:
If the real-time protection mode of your anti-virus program is working properly, it should automatically trigger an alert with a description “EICAR-test-file (not a virus)”.
You can also manually scan the file to see if your anti-virus on-demand scanning feature is working.

If you are not prompted by either of the features, that means your anti-virus is probably not working properly!!!
Title: Re: How can I test Anti-virus software ?
Post by: Tabeer on January 04, 2016, 08:09:17 am
@Vermon, Before purchasing any anti virus software, make sure it scan all kind of anti viruses.
Title: Re: How can I test Anti-virus software ?
Post by: Execute on January 06, 2016, 11:22:37 am
@Vermon, Before purchasing any anti virus software, make sure it scan all kind of anti viruses.

You probably meant "viruses".
What is also advised is to check how regular their updates are, especially if the program doesn't have real-time protection.