Verify if your desktop security software

Detects drive-by downloads of malware

As soon as this page is accessed by a browser, a simulated “drive-by download” is initiated – the EICAR test file (called “eicar.com”) should start downloading.

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

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.

Not sure if your product should support this feature?

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

Verify if your desktop security software

The AMTSO Security Features Check Tools are hosted in association with EICAR.