Monday, 27 February 2012

How to Test if Antivirus is Working Properly or Not

We all Use antivirus to protect our Computer from Malwares and Viruses, Some of the most popular antiviruses are Avast, Bitdefender, Avira, Kespersky ect.

We all have our own chosen antivirus installed in our Computer to Prevent Viruses to affect the System. But do you know that your antivirus is working properly or not? Yes? No? 

Check if you Antivirus is Working Properly or Not
You might not even know how to check if my Antivirus is working properly or not, So today i will show you a trick to check it.

This test is fallible, though. Many modern antivirus programs do not bother to develop a sequence for the EICAR test, meaning they won’t detect it as a virus. Also, a fake antivirus can easily detect this. This test was valid back in a more innocent and simple time, but we’re in an era where tests based on good faith don’t work anymore.

How to Test if Antivirus is Working Properly

There is a Simple 1 line Code which Antivirus must Stop you to proceed further, if not then its clear that your antivirus is a waste and is not working properly. Just follow the below simple steps to know if your antivirus is good or good for nothing.

Step 1: Open notepad and Copy the Below Code in it

Step 2: Once you have Copied the Code in your notepad, its time to Save it, so click on File and Save, Name it or any other name you want to give it.

Step 3: Once you have saved the file, Double click on it to open. Your Antivirus will Warn you and Stop you which means its working fine but if you antivirus doesn't Stops you and warn you, then its time to accept that your antivirus is Good for nothing.

Step 4: If your antivirus warns you when you open the notepad file then You can Continue Using it Else Uninstall it and Change your Antivirus.

This Was One Method to Test it out and which is Called as EICAR Test. But, by far, the best way to find out whether an antivirus program is fake or not would be to look up its name on a search engine followed by the word “fake.” If the results show you removal instructions and sites that confirm that it’s fake, you have the answer to your question.
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  1. it's not showing any message or not stopping me from opening the particular file.
    so my antivirus (Nortin 1 year subscription) is waste ha...!!!!
    pls tell me any other method to check whether my antivirus is working or not.

    1. That's not correct... It should be: X5O!P%@AP[4\PZX54(P^)7CC)7}$EICAR-STANDARD-ANTIVIRUS-TEST-FILE!$H+H* Just tiny changes 0=O and the $ before EICAR, but if it should work, it has to be that way...

  2. what kind of file will i save it ? when i save it when i open it a cmd prompt appear
    when i save it .txt nothing happens

    1. .com only

      U feed any name but end .com must.then save in and verify

  3. Trend Micro garabbed it the moment I saved it. Did not even get to open it.

  4. does it really work? or this joke?

  5. try eicar virus test file it is harmless

  6. It didn't work for me but this link did.
    I googled the above code to find the wiki link that had this as a reference.

  7. Instead of saving it with .txt extension save it with .com extension... ex : instead of abc.txt.

    My Eset Nod 32 antivirus detected and deleted the file as soon as I clicked on save.. :)

  8. Yes It's Work

    Thanks For Your Help!