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How can I run a safe simulation of downloading and executing a virus, and confirm Norman's antivirus product is performing as expected?

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Problem description

How can I run a safe simulation of downloading and executing a virus, and confirm that my Norman antivirus protection is performing as expected?

Solution

There is a special file called Eicar. This is a file that doesn’t have any harmful content, but is detected as the Eicar-virus by consensus from all antivirus companies. (This is the only ‘false positive’ that is kept in the definition files on purpose.)
Downloading and running Eicar is exactly the same as downloading and running a virus, except that there is absolutely no danger involved. If the Eicar file is intercepted/detected, the scanner is active and functional.

For more information, visit www.eicar.org

You can download different versions of the Eicar executable from Eicar's web site.

Note:
When executing this test through a remote session, you will not see the popup about a detected virus. In that case, just check whether the Eicar file is still where you put it after downloading or running it. If not, it was successfully removed by Norman.

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