This article describes how you can use an EICAR test file to see how your antivirus software works.
EICAR Standard Anti-Virus Test File (EICAR) is a safe file developed by the European Institute for Computer Anti-Virus Research (EICAR) for testing anitvirus software. It is commonly used to
Your antivirus software detects EICAR as if it were a real virus.
EICAR is a good way to get familiar with your antivirus software. The EICAR test file is available in the following four formats:
eicar.com: EICAR test file.
eicar.com.txt: Copy of
eicar.comwith a different file name.
eicar_com.zip: EICAR ZIP file for testing compressed files.
eicarcom2.zip: An archive which contains the
eicar_com.zipfile for testing nested compressed files.
Note : If you have problems downloading the
eicar.com file, downlowad
eicar.com.txt instead. Rename it then to
These instructions apply to products which contain a firewall (F-Secure Internet Security):
eicar.comon your computer or execute it.
eicar.comto, for example,
eicar.co0. The file becomes unexcecutable, similar to a dead virus.
eicar.comto execute it, and you notice that your antivirus software detects it again automatically.
By default, compressed or archive files, such as ZIP files, are not scanned in real time. F-Secure's antivirus products scan the archive files automatically once you attempt to extract or execute their content.
eicar_com.zipfile and save the file to your computer.
eicar_com.zipfile and select Scan eicar_com.zip for viruses.
You can use EICAR to test how e-mail scanning detects infected e-mails.
Important: Before using EICAR to test your mailbox:
INBOX.DBX, or similar, do not select the Delete automatically action during disinfection. This file is your mailbox file, and if you select this action, your mailbox is deleted. If this happens, see article How to restore a deleted mailbox.
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