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The PCman's Free Virus Scanner Test
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 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.
NOTE: Even if your scanner detects this string be sure to update your virus signatures to the latest available.
Not 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 referenced website is Eicar.org.
Eicar Virus Test String
Downloading confirms you have read and understand the disclaimer
The String looks like this:
- eicar.com: Consists of the string of 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 file is double zipped and is the most difficult version to detect.