2 Replies Latest reply on Sep 19, 2011 4:08 PM by Unhappy-bunny

    How do use the eicar test string


      I have been having a problem discribed here    https://community.mcafee.com/thread/38117?start=0&tstart=0

      someonr on the thread mentioned using the eicar test string to test what it was detecting how do i do this? Thanks

        • 1. Re: How do use the eicar test string

          This should do it :


          EICAR test files (developed by European Institute for Computer Antivirus Research) allow you to test your anti-virus installation without the risk of a live virus.

          If your anti-virus installation is functioning correctly, it will detect the test files as a virus.


          Documentation / Instructions  http://www.eicar.org/86-0-Intended-use.html



          EICAR test files
          EICAR test files are not actual live viruses. They contain a string of characters known as the EICAR Test String. The purpose of the EICAR test string is to provide an industry-standard solution to the following questions:

          • Is your anti-virus program installed correctly?
          • Does it intercept and detect viruses as it is supposed to?
          • What happens when the anti-virus program finds a virus?


          Message was edited by: Hayton on 19/09/11 21:26:57 IST
          • 2. Re: How do use the eicar test string

            Thank you, that worked (mcafee intercepted it ).

            Could i ask you another question please? my problem (discribed in this thread) is that tracking cookings are not being detected real time only in scans- so i was worried that it wasnt detecting anything,  with the eicar string test i have to click on something - is there a safe way to test  if mcafee is working on threats that i dont have to click on ie things that run without me seeing or  i am being overly cautious and if it detects the string then that means it detects anything.

            Thanks again


            Message was edited by: Unhappy-bunny on 19/09/11 22:08:33 IST