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 Use the EICAR test file to test Gateway AV


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

EICAR (the European Institute for Computer Anti-Virus Research) has created the EICAR anti-malware test file to test the response of anti-virus systems. This file contains a test string that AV 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 AV treats the EICAR test file as if it contains a virus and takes the action you configure. You can use this file to test what action Gateway AntiVirus takes when a virus is detected.

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