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Test your Virus Protection online see if your scanner detects the test string. This test virus was developed by the European Institute for Computer Anti-Virus Research (EICAR). This is just a test it is NOT a real virus but a harmless string of characters. This string is used to verify the effectiveness of your virus scanning software. If your virus scanner is set up and working properly it should intercept the downloading of these files. Free virus scanner test.
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virus scanner test stringNot that anything is harmful but there is always someone out there looking for a free ride spoiling things for others. So read this disclaimer before you proceed to download the test string. Then if you understand it and agree with it go ahead and try to download the Eicar Virus Test String files.

 Disclaimer: To the best of our knowledge this is freeware unless otherwise noted. If anyone who owns this software doesn't want it included on our page let us know. We did not write this software if it damages your computer we are not responsible. Always virus check your files first. If you are not comfortable with this policy don't download anything from our site! The related website is Eicar.org.

eicar test string Eicar Virus Test String
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download eicar.com file
   eicar.com   
download eicar.com.txt file
eicar.com.txt
download eicar_com.zip file
eicar_com.zip
download eicarcom2.zip file
eicarcom2.zip


The String looks like this:
X5O!P%@AP[4\PZX54(P^)7CC)7}$EICAR-STANDARD-ANTIVIRUS-TEST-FILE!$H+H*
  • eicar.com: a string of the 68 ASCII characters shown above
  • eicar.com.txt: the same as eicar.com but with a "txt" file extension
  • eicar_com.zip: here it is compressed into a zip file
  • eicarcom2.zip: this is double zipped, the most difficult to detect
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