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Virus:DOS/EICAR_Test_File


This file is not malicious.

It is used to check that your security software is working properly.

If you downloaded this file and continue to get warnings from your security software about it, you can manually delete or remove it.

Some security software might put this file on your PC to test that it's working correctly. If you have multiple security software installed, you may encounter errors as they all try to clean the same file.

We recommend that you do not install multiple real-time protection products at the same time.



What to do now

If you downloaded this file and continue to get warnings about it, you can manually delete or remove it.

Threat behavior

This file is not malicious.

It is used to check that your security software is working properly.

If you downloaded this file and continue to get warnings from your security software about it, you can manually delete or remove it.

Some security software might put this file on your PC to test that it's working correctly. If you have multiple security software installed, you may encounter errors as they all try to clean the same file.

We recommend that you do not install multiple real-time protection products at the same time.

Additional information

The EICAR file is a simple file that contains only the following characters:

X5O!P%@AP[4\PZX54(P^)7CC)7}$EICAR-STANDARD-ANTIVIRUS-TEST-FILE!$H+H*

For more information see http://www.eicar.org/.


Alert level: Severe
First detected by definition: 1.45.287.0
Latest detected by definition: 1.171.29.0 and higher
First detected on: Oct 07, 2008
This entry was first published on: Jan 10, 2005
This entry was updated on: Feb 26, 2014

This threat is also detected as:
  • EICAR (Wild List ORG)
  • EICAR-Test-File (not a virus) (BitDefender)
  • EICAR Test String (CA)
  • Eicartest (ESET)
  • Eicar_test_file (Frisk (F-Prot))
  • EICAR-Test-File (Kaspersky)
  • EICAR-AV-Test (Sophos)
  • Eicar_test_file (Trend Micro)