About EICAR and the EICAR Anti-Virus Test File

EICAR (European Institute of Computer Antivirus Research) combines universities, industry and media plus technical, security and legal experts from civil and military government and law enforcement as well as privacy protection organizations whose objectives are to unite efforts against writing and proliferation of malicious code like computer viruses or Trojan Horses.

The antivirus verification file create by EICAR is inoffensive and was created to verify if an antivirus program is working properly. When the antivirus finds the file the message displayed is "EICAR-AV-TEST-FILE" or similar.

You can find out more information on EICAR by visiting the web page (http://www.eicar.org).