EICAR test Virus

I had never heard of the EICAR test virus before.  EICAR stands for European Institute for Computer Antivirus Research.  Basically it’s just a 68 or 70 byte com program that all major antivirus should pick up as a virus.  This enables you to test the functionality of your antivirus program without the risk of using a real virus.  To test yours you can simply paste the following into notepad and save it as a .com file.


I’ve already thought of a few scenarios where this could be used to the advantage of an attacker, especially in a social engineering engagement.

Perhaps I’ll post such a scenario later.

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