Last updated 7 April 2019
This is a 70-byte file which, if executed, simply displays the message:
This is a 186-byte zip file containing one file (eicar.com above), which will test whether your anti-virus software detects the test virus in a zipped file.
Some software is distributed in a single zip file that contains other zip files. In 1999 I noticed that Norton AntiVirus 5.0 does not detect a virus in this situation. Try it with your anti-virus software...
This is a 302-byte zip file containing one file (eicar.zip above), which will test whether your anti-virus software detects the test virus in a double-zipped file.
Once you have downloaded these files, you might also want to e-mail them to yourself -- then you can see if your anti-virus software detects viruses in incoming e-mail attachments.
Remember, the EICAR test virus is not really a virus. It cannot do any harm to your system, even if your software does not detect it.
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