Checking real-time protection

To verify that real-time protection is working and detecting viruses, use a test file from This test file is a harmless file detectable by all antivirus programs. The file was created by the EICAR company (European Institute for Computer Antivirus Research) to test the functionality of antivirus programs. The file is available for download at


Before performing a real-time protection check, it is necessary to disable the firewall. If the firewall is enabled, it will detect the file and prevent test files from downloading.