How To Test your Anti-Virus Software?

There’s a lot of antivirus applications available on the internet and each of them claims to detect and remove malicious viruses from your computer. Generally, most of these software applications are available for free; but despite their claims to protect your PC, usually they are worthless. Unless you have a superior antivirus application such F-Secure, you won’t be 100% sure whether you are being protected by the malicious viruses or not.

However, there is one simple test to verify whether your anti virus program is up to its mark or not. In this tutorial we will teach you how to create a fake test virus and then run it on your system to see if your antivirus detects anything or not. Here is what you have to do;

  1. Open  Notepad
  2. Copy paste the following code into notepad


  3. Save the file on the desktop with any file name you like and replace the .txt file extension with .com, for instance; The file that you have just created is actually an EICAR test file, developed by the European Institute for Computer Antivirus Research, to test the response of computer antivirus programs.fake-virus
  4. Now re-open the file. If your anti-virus displays a warning sign and closes the text file, then rest assured that it is working fine.

If your anti-virus software did not detect it as a virus, or if you suspect that your system has been compromised by malware or a virus, don’t worry, River Net Computers can help! We offer free diagnostics so feel free to stop by during our normal business hours or give us a call at (908) 996-3279 and we will help ensure your machine and your data is safe from any threats.