Never noticed, look, it is better that eicar test:

  Gaz 25 16:56 17 Jul 2003

click here

Whhoooo, downloaded and it aint half test that AV, it simly simulated the actions of a virus to cause it to detect or fail.

  leo49 17:03 17 Jul 2003

From the click here:

"Note: You should install an antivirus utility before getting this program."

DOH! :o)

  Gaz 25 17:05 17 Jul 2003

Mmmm, worrying?

Maybe, it has tests for Bugbear and Sobig, the lot.

  Gaz 25 17:11 17 Jul 2003

Just select a virus, known or unknown and click test.,

  Gaz 25 17:12 17 Jul 2003

Its a good test anyway, for anyone daring enough to try it.

I will close the thread now.


  leo49 17:13 17 Jul 2003

Not worrying, merely vaguely amusing. You've got to have an AV prog installed to want to test it!

  Gaz 25 17:15 17 Jul 2003

Of course.

  Gaz 25 17:15 17 Jul 2003

I meant it was better than EICAR .com Test

  Jester2K II 17:39 17 Jul 2003

"I meant it was better than EICAR .com Test"

And you can state that with what authority??

EICAR test is supposed to that you AV is functioning. ie that the warning still pop up upon detection, that the scanning engine works and finds the EICAR file and that the AV software is running ok. You don't want error messages and crashes due to a damaged installation when a real virus hits your system. It also allows you to see what happens so you don't need new trouser the first time a message comes up and you can practise removing the virus.

This program simulates a few techniques and is nearly 3 years out of date. It'll test nothing that you might come across in the real world and to be honest looks like a program designed to pimp their own AV.

Years ago there was a program like this with a name being in R (long name) which claimed to do the same.

  Gaz 25 17:41 17 Jul 2003

Thanks for the comments, maybe.

  DieSse 23:19 17 Jul 2003

This test is total and utter bunkum. There is no such thing as a simulated virus. There's real viruses, and there's non-viruses. Competent AV programs should NOT detect non-viruses - if they do, it shows they are likely to detect "false positives" - ie to find a virus where there isn't one.

To think otherwise is to totally misunderstand what real viruses are, and how proper AV programs shuld behave.

The ONLY exception is the EICAR test file (not a virus). This has been agreed by the AV maufacturers to be deteced as a virus, even tho' it isn't, for the sole purpose of testing that an AV program is behaving correctly when it does detect a a real virus.

Real viruses shuld not (and would not) be ditributed by any reponsible organisation - if they did they would be as guilty as a real virus distibutor.

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