EICAR test file

This page shows details and results of our analysis on the malware EICAR test file

Overview

This is a virus detection. Viruses are programs that self-replicate recursively, meaning that infected systems spread the virus to other systems, which then propagate the virus further. While many viruses contain a destructive payload, it's quite common for viruses to do nothing more than spread from one system to another.


Minimum Engine

5600.1067

File Length

Description Added

2000-05-03

Description Modified

2002-05-16

Malware Proliferation

Characteristics

This is not a virus, but a tool designed to determine if an antivirus product is installed properly. This is a small .COM file used to test the effectiveness and operability of on-access and/or on-demand scanning of an antivirus product.

This tool is an industry recognized testing file. The name is derived from an organization named EICAR, or European Institute for Computer Anti-Virus Research. The file, and its use, is also described at this website.

The file is comprised of a test string, and is a DOS executable. Running the file should not do anything more than display a message on your screen:

EICAR-STANDARD-ANTIVIRUS-TEST-FILE

The EICAR.COM test file can be obtained from either EICAR or by copying the text below into NOTEPAD and saving the file as EICAR.COM:

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

The file should be 68 or 70 bytes in length and is an executable on Intel platforms. If on-access scanning is enabled, the file will be detected during the save process in NOTEPAD.

There is one known attack on the concept of the EICAR test file; please read the description of Bat/Bwg.a@MM for details.

Symptoms

This is not a virus, but a tool designed to determine if an antivirus product is installed properly. This is a small .COM file used to test the effectiveness and operability of on-access and/or on-demand scanning of an antivirus product.

Method of Infection

This is not a virus.

Removal

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Variants