Cyber Security Tip #4 – Testing Your Windows Protection

Yesterday we addressed virus protection options for Windows computers.  Often times when you have these products installed they sit very “unassumingly” in your Task Bar.  How do you know they are actually working–other than deliberately infecting yourself with a known virus?  That’s like having someone shoot you to see if your “bullet-proof vest” is really bullet-proof.

As it turns out, you CAN download a “special” virus that should be detected by your antivirus software, but won’t do anything bad to your Windows computer.  It’s called the EICAR virus and was designed for just this type of test.  If you are on campus you can download it from here:

http://yamaha.bucknell.edu/cybersec/eicar_com.zip

If you are off campus, you can download it from here:

http://www.eicar.org/download/eicar_com.zip

Why two different sites?  Bucknell’s “Network Border Patrol” will prevent you from downloading the virus if you attempt to access the EICAR site from on campus.  We’ve hosted a copy of it internally “behind the lines” for the purposes of testing.

Be safe out there.  😉

Rob Guissanie
Library and Information Technology

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