Testing AntiVirus software?

Discussion in 'other anti-virus software' started by Comp01, Sep 23, 2003.

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  1. Comp01

    Comp01 Registered Member

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    Okay, I wanted to test my antivirus software (AVG) and found this for a test virus: http://www.eicar.org/anti_virus_test_file.htm is it safe? and it doesnt do any real harm does it?
     
  2. Dan Perez

    Dan Perez Retired Moderator

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    It is completely safe, and is a standard test for ensuring an AV is installed and configured correctly
     
  3. Karl_Menshy

    Karl_Menshy Registered Member

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    It is completely harmless, just displays a test string in the dos box. It is NOT a virus/malware, just a certain file on which AV vendors have agreed to detect it as a test "virus".
     
  4. Karl_Menshy

    Karl_Menshy Registered Member

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    27 s late :D
     
  5. Dan Perez

    Dan Perez Retired Moderator

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    lol :D

    Well, comp01 now has double assurance that it is safe so the effort was not wasted :D
     
  6. mrtwolman

    mrtwolman Eset Staff Account

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    Using CARO test files you can test if you antivirus is workin properly. This is perfect for average user.

    But due the non-viral nature of the file, it is a false possitive, isn't it ? :D
    Testing antivirus software on sets of real viruses is not such a trivial task which can be performed by a layman.
     
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