iPrism EICAR AntiMalware Test File

How to Test That Edgewave iPrism Anti-malware is Working

To check that your iPrism Anti-Malware is working, do the following:

Step 1:  Confirm iPrism Anti-Malware is enabled

Step 2:  Click to download and save one of the virus test files blow

Step 3:  iPrism will detect the virus test file and display a block page

You can download a eicar virus test file from here:

Download from eicar using the standard protocol http
68 Bytes 
68 Bytes
Download from eicar using the secure, SSL enabled protocol https
68 Bytes
68 Bytes


What is the EICAR test file?

The EICAR test file is a harmless 68-byte .com file detected as “EICAR-Test-File”. It IS NOT a virus. It simply displays a text message and returns the control to the operating system.

Some time ago certain developers of antivirus software have started adding such test files to their packages. Antivirus software detects it as a virus although it is not a virus. Such test “viruses” are designed to satisfy the curiosity of users who do not have “live samples” of a virus, but want to see the reaction of antivirus software to appearance of a virus (how it informs the user, what actions prompts, etc.).

Later antivirus software vendors came to an agreement about developing a uniform standard “virus simulator” which should consist of text messages only. The latter allows any user to create such a “virus” manually (for example, by copying it from the documentation). The resulting .com file looks like this:


If you copy & paste this text or enter it by command “copy con test.com”, and execute the resulting .com file, it will output the message EICAR-STANDARD-ANTIVIRUS-TEST-FILE! and return the control to the operating system. That’s it. A lot of antivirus software will detect it as “EICAR-Test-File”.

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