To verify if your desktop security software detects manually downloaded malware, you will be downloading the EICAR test file.


The EICAR test file was developed by the European Institute for Computer Antivirus Research (EICAR) and Computer Antivirus Research Organization (CARO) to test the response of computer antivirus programs. Instead of using real malware, which could cause real damage, this test file allows people to test anti-virus software without having to use a real malware sample.

So, this file is NOT actually malicious, but by industry-wide agreement this file is detected as malicious by mainstream products with antivirus functionality so that people can verify that their anti-malware product’s detection capability is configured correctly.

If you are able to download this 68 byte EICAR test file successfully, your Anti-Malware solution is NOT configured correctly or DOES NOT conform with industry best practice.

Please contact your vendor’s support department for instructions explaining how to enable the feature in your product.