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 Use the EICAR test file to test Gateway AntiVirus


How do I use the EICAR test file to test Gateway AntiVirus?

To test the response of anti-virus systems, EICAR (European Institute for Computer Anti-Virus Research) has created an anti-malware test file. This file contains a test string that anti-virus systems identify as a virus, even though the file does not contain harmful content.

WatchGuard Gateway AntiVirus subscription service detects the EICAR test file. Gateway AntiVirus treats the EICAR test file as if it contains a virus and takes the action you configure. You can use this file to test the action Gateway AntiVirus takes when a virus is detected.

For more information, or to download the EICAR anti-malware test file, see