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[Discussion] - EICAR: The Most Common False Positive in the World

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Recently, @RAbrams, published a blog post on the most common false positive in the world. 

 

EICAR

 

If you haven't had a chance to read it yet, please do. It's fascinating.

 

Personally, I want to hear from you on this!

  • Have you heard of EICAR?
  • What's your experience with it?

 

Let us know in the comments below! 

 

 

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Re: [Discussion] - EICAR: The Most Common False Positive in the World

I know of it and used it and it's a test file to me and nothing more. http://www.eicar.org/86-0-Intended-use.html

 

But I agree with Randy!

 


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Re: [Discussion] - EICAR: The Most Common False Positive in the World

Thanks Daniel,

 

I don't know if you folowed the link to the Virus Bulletin presentation, but I will forever be amused that I gave a 30 minute presentation about a harmless 68-byte file at an antivirus conference :-)

Yeah, it is just a test fie, but if can be used to perform a variety of informative tests. Efficacy isn't one of them, as you know.

 

Cheers,

 

Randy

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Re: [Discussion] - EICAR: The Most Common False Positive in the World

I have retweeted it @RAbrams.
I had heard of Eicar but never tried it until now, Webroot spotted it as well Smiley Wink

 


 


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Re: [Discussion] - EICAR: The Most Common False Positive in the World


@RAbrams wrote:

Thanks Daniel,

 

I don't know if you folowed the link to the Virus Bulletin presentation, but I will forever be amused that I gave a 30 minute presentation about a harmless 68-byte file at an antivirus conference :-)

Yeah, it is just a test fie, but if can be used to perform a variety of informative tests. Efficacy isn't one of them, as you know.

 

Cheers,

 

Randy


Now why would you waste your time? LOL

 


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Re: [Discussion] - EICAR: The Most Common False Positive in the World


@TripleHelix wrote:

@RAbrams wrote:

Thanks Daniel,

 

I don't know if you folowed the link to the Virus Bulletin presentation, but I will forever be amused that I gave a 30 minute presentation about a harmless 68-byte file at an antivirus conference :-)

Yeah, it is just a test fie, but if can be used to perform a variety of informative tests. Efficacy isn't one of them, as you know.

 

Cheers,

 

Randy


Now why would you waste your time? LOL


Waste my time writing the presentation for VB? Oh my! I needed a topic to present. It gaveme another International speaking engagment under my belt, and it impressed my managers :-) I'd call it time well spent :-) 

Incidentally, one of the guys who worked on the EICAR test file was at the presentation. He even enjoyed it!

Believe it or not, that presentation was on the NATO internal network for more than a decade.

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Re: [Discussion] - EICAR: The Most Common False Positive in the World


@RAbrams wrote:

@TripleHelix wrote:

@RAbrams wrote:

Thanks Daniel,

 

I don't know if you folowed the link to the Virus Bulletin presentation, but I will forever be amused that I gave a 30 minute presentation about a harmless 68-byte file at an antivirus conference :-)

Yeah, it is just a test fie, but if can be used to perform a variety of informative tests. Efficacy isn't one of them, as you know.

 

Cheers,

 

Randy


Now why would you waste your time? LOL


Waste my time writing the presentation for VB? Oh my! I needed a topic to present. It gaveme another International speaking engagment under my belt, and it impressed my managers :-) I'd call it time well spent :-) 

Incidentally, one of the guys who worked on the EICAR test file was at the presentation. He even enjoyed it!

Believe it or not, that presentation was on the NATO internal network for more than a decade.


Your words: 30 minute presentation about a harmless 68-byte file Smiley Wink

 


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Re: [Discussion] - EICAR: The Most Common False Positive in the World

Not to say that this isn't the most awesome article about EICAR ever writen... OK, it isn't :-)

This is the most interesting thin I have ever seen written about the eicar test file. A disection and analysis of the binary. Yeah, eicar.com is not a text file. I'm gonna print it, frame it, and mount it on somebody else's Facebook wall :-)  Seriouly good read though.

 

https://blog.nintechnet.com/anatomy-of-the-eicar-antivirus-test-file/

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Re: [Discussion] - EICAR: The Most Common False Positive in the World

It's nothing like that I'm just teasing you! Smiley Wink

 


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Re: [Discussion] - EICAR: The Most Common False Positive in the World


@TripleHelix wrote:

It's nothing like that I'm just teasing you! Smiley Wink


I know, and I love it!!!