Most of the time, we install the Anti Virus or the antimalware programs and relax that they are working fine. One beautiful morning you see things not working, and finally, you realize that it’s your antivirus program that was not working at all. Here is a small test which you can do in case you are not sure if your antivirus program is working fine on Windows 10.
How to check if your AntiVirus is working on Windows 10
There are two ways to test if your antivirus or antimalware or Security Software is working. First is the EICAR test file, which acts as fake, but registered virus, and the second is AMTSO Security Features Check Tools.
1] EICAR Test File
- Open Notepad and paste this string into it ( without double quotes )
- Save it, and as soon as you do, your antivirus real-time protection should be able to detect it.
In case you have disabled the real-time protection, run a scan for this file.
This file is a dummy virus that simulates like a virus that is provided by EICAR. It is for distribution as the “EICAR Standard Anti-Virus Test File.” The file is a legitimate DOS program and produces sensible results when running (it prints the message “EICAR-STANDARD-ANTIVIRUS-TEST-FILE!”). You can read more on this at EICAR Antivirus Test File
For those of you who say your auto scan doesn’t detect it, I have tried on a few antiviruses. If your antivirus doesn’t scan text files under real-time, then it will not recognize it until you do a system scan. To make it detect it real-time, you need to configure a real-time scan to scan all files, not just a “smart” file scan. You can test it by saving as an exe or other formats that are on the auto-detect file list.
2] AMTSO Security Features Check Tools
The tool is in association with EICAR and is connected to a cloud-based lookup system. It will help you verify if your Windows PC security software detects manually downloaded malware, drive-by downloads, compressed malware, PUAs, phishing pages, etc.
The page hosts a set of links where each link simulates something which should activate the antivirus to catch it. It includes
- Detects manually downloaded malware
- Detects drive-by downloads of malware
- Detects compressed malware
- Detects Potentially Unwanted Applications (PUAs)
- Detects phishing pages
- Check if your security software is connected to the cloud
The last point is an interesting test for those Cloud-based solutions. When clicked, it will download the CloudCar test file. It is a harmless file that should be detected and alerted on by most antimalware products. Detection of the CloudCar test file should only occur when the file is queried in a cloud-based reputation system, and it should not be flagged by local detection databases or other non-cloud-based methods of detection. Perform the test yourself on the official page.
We hope using these tools you were able to check if your AntiVirus is working on Windows 10. It applies to any security software, including Windows Security.