A Safe Way To Test if Your Anti-Virus is Really Working | Using Notepad





Have you ever wondered how to test your Antivirus software to ensure it’s proper working? Well here is a quick and easy way to test your antivirus. This process can be used by people, companies and antivirus programmers to test the proper functioning of the antivirus/antimalware software without having to deal with the real computer virus which can cause damage to the computer. Here is a step-by-step procedure to test your antivirus.

Steps:


1. Open a notepad (New Text Document.TXT) and copy the following code exactly onto it, and save the notepad

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


2. Rename the file from New Text Document.txt to altechzone.blogspot.com

3. Now scan this 
altechzone.blogspot.com file with your anti-virus.

If the antivirus is functioning properly on your computer, then it should generate a warning and immediately delete the file upon scanning. Otherwise you may have to re-install or replace your antivirus.

NOTE: Most antivirus will detect it in the Step-1 itself

Don't worry if your Anti-Virus software does not detect the file. It does nothing in your system.

You can also place the file in a ZIP or RAR file and run a scan on it so as to ensure whether your antivirus can detect the test string in the compressed archive. Any antivirus when scanning this file will respond exactly as it will do for a genuine virus/malicious code. This test will cause no damage to your computer even though the antivirus will flag it as a malicious script. Hence it is the safest method to test the proper functioning of any antivirus.




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