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How can AntiVirus programs be tested?

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How can AntiVirus programs be tested?

AS I have written here before I have ditched Norton and now am trying various antivirus programs. What I would like is an email with a harmless virus (if there is such a thing) that I can send to myself, or have sent, to test if the various antivirus programs are checking my emails.
I'm sure some of you feather pluckers have the answer. Smiley
TIA
John
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How can AntiVirus programs be tested?

Yes there is an International standard test virus.
I have a copy of it on a floppy somewhere.
If you PM me with the email address you would like me to send it to Ill try and find it.
I will have to send it as a zip file though as in its raw state my antivirus program makes a fuss about it. :roll:
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How can AntiVirus programs be tested?

Well that was a stuggle but Ive managed to send you the file as an attachment.
Just to zip it I had do disable my virus checker and even after it being zipped I was uable send it without again disabling the anti virus :?
Have to re boot now and let things back to normal.
Hope the file is of use to you. Smiley
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How can AntiVirus programs be tested?

Thank you kindly John, it worked fine. That is to say my antivirus prog picked it up. If anyone else is interested it directed me to
http://www.avast.com/eng/viruses/eicar_standard_antiv.html
where the prog and info can be found
John
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How can AntiVirus programs be tested?

Another good site which uses the harmless Eicar.org test file in a number of different attachments sent to your e-mail address is http://www.testvirus.org The only problem is if you have the Plusnet virus scanner turned on. Plusnet "pinch" the Eicar test files before they have chance to reach your computer, so obviously your anti-virus program has nothing to scan anymore!
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How can AntiVirus programs be tested?

if you goto
http://www.gfi.com/emailsecuritytest/

they will send you up to 10 different files which will test you system via email. it may shock you what gets through. I run The Bat email and that picked them up before the AV did.

If you want email security then check out the bat
www.ritlabs.com/en/products/thebat
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How can AntiVirus programs be tested?

If you have PN anti-virus this won't work, since this virus checker at PN will stop and trap all the files before they arrive at your machine.

Aaron
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How can AntiVirus programs be tested?

It would be a good test of PN anti virus anyone tested it and posted the results?
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How can AntiVirus programs be tested?

Yes if anyone wants to test it just ask and I'll send you a virus. :lol: