Threat Description



Aliases:Symbian/EICAR-test, EICAR.COM, EICAR-Test-File, EICAR_Test_file, Eicar Test File
Category: Malware
Platform: W32


The correct operation of F-Secure anti-virus products can be tested with a special test file. This is a dummy file which is detected by exactly like if it were a virus. This file is known as EICAR Standard Anti-virus Test file, and it is also detected by several other anti-virus products in a similar manner.

To create the EICAR test file, use any text editor to create a file with the following single line in it:


save the file to any name with COM extension, for example EICAR.COM. Make sure you save the file in standard MS-DOS ASCII format. Now you can use this file to show what it looks like when a virus is detected.

Naturally, the file is not a virus. When executed, EICAR.COM will display the text 'EICAR-STANDARD-ANTIVIRUS-TEST-FILE!' and exit.

EICAR is the European Institute of Computer Anti-virus Research, reachable at


Automatic action

Once detected, the F-Secure security product will automatically disinfect the suspect file by either deleting it or renaming it.


You may wish to refer to the Support Community for further assistance. You also may also refer to General Removal Instructions for a general guide on alternative disinfection actions.


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