With the increasing number of people getting online, their is an increase in number of fraudsters also. Which threatens everybody’s personal data and privacy. We need to take necessary measures to protect our Privacy. These days we have personal devices like PC, laptops, smartphone, and for the security of these devices many of us have Antivirus installed in it. Some get the free one and some go for the paid versions.
But are these antiviruses worth of what we pay? Do the really protect us from the malware attack? So here in this article I will help you test your antivirus capabilities. Most of the antivirus claim to provide online and offline security. So the testing will probably be of two parts. First we will check if the Antivirus is protecting us while offline. That is if any malware is present in the system or gets into the system while transferring file through USB. and in the other test we will check if the antivirus provide us protection online.
Steps for Antivirus testing.
Test #1 offline security.
This is going to be a simple trick with just the notepad involved.
Open the notepad and copy the below given code in the note pad
Now save the file as Geeksla testing.exe
exe- means executable file. (Be careful while using the code since it’s a virus code. We are not responsible for any damage caused by you).
Now scan this file with your antivirus. If your antivirus detects this file and says that it is dangerous and would prove harmful to your system then kudos your antivirus is working. If not then go and uninstall it and find a better one.
If the antivirus successfully detected the malware don’t get over excited the Online test is still to happen.
Test #2 Online security.
What would be a better way of testing your Antivirus ? What about asking your Antivirus to download and infected file. You just need to download Anti-Malware test files from a website and your installed Anti-Virus must stop this file from download. So if it successfully interrupt your download then your Antivirus is OK to go with, or else you need to change it as soon as possible.
You need to go to Eicar website (European Institute for Computer Antivirus Research). You can go through the link.
Now in that page go down to the download section and download any one file from the given 4. If your antivirus prompts that the file contains malicious contain then it is a good news.
Eicar provides 4 files for download. The first, eicar.com, contains the ASCII string as described above. The second file, eicar.com.txt, is a copy of this file with a different file name. Some readers reported problems when downloading the first file, which can be circumvented when using the second version. Just download and rename the file to "eicar.com”. That will do the trick. The third version contains the test file inside a zip archive. A good anti-virus scanner will spot a ‘virus’ inside an archive. The last version is a zip archive containing the third file. This file can be used to see whether the virus scanner checks archives more than only one level deep.
You are done with both the testing, if you have a good result of both the test then it’s ok to continue with the antivirus. Otherwise find a good Anti-virus and use it. Don’t put your privacy at stake.
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