How to check if your antivirus setup is working

When I install or upgrade an antivirus solution I always make sure that it works by creating a dummy file that reports as a virus but its not, that way I can see that the AV client reports the virus, that the management serverĀ gets a notice of virus and that the email notification to the support team is working as intended.

This is nothing new but I will share is no the less as I myself need to have the dummy file saved somewhere.

Save the following text in a file on the client and name it to (EICAR is the creator of this test file)

Now your AV should report the file as a virus and notify the management server and depending on your configuration you should receive an email