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EICAR Test File Working Group

The advanced test file survey is closed since March 31st 2015


Please also note the informations below at this page.

Our goal is the transformation of the EICAR test file into the contemporary environment.


Project Objectives


We evaluate the need for new vendor independent tools to check security applications. If required we take care for provision of tools.


The aims are not related to product rating or quality testing.


Pre Conference 2014 November 16th Workshop Results


Workshop presention part slides are published at conference slides page.


Participants of the workshop coming from several countries were

  • anti virus users,
  • anti malware testers,
  • anti malware industry,
  • anti malware consultants,
  • anti malware administrators and managers of public institutions,
  • AMTSO members,
  • EICAR members as well as EICAR board members.

The primary common outcomes from the participants who were all familar with the EICAR test file and who use it for installation checks in real life and in test cases were needs to:

  • improve test file documentation
    • at download web site
    • at detection by anti malware product
  • simple test tool
    • check all security modules at once
    • for use by standard users
  • detailed test tools
    • check each security module separately
    • for use by expert professional users

The detailed test tools could be used to check e.g. different operating systems, protocols, object types etc., different "layers of protection".


Test File Web Survey


After a minor first survey starting end of 2014  an advanced survey was collecting experiences and wishes of test file users from February 18th 2015 until March 31st 2015.


More than 500 participants from about 80 countries answered 14 fine-grained groups of questions. The outcome will be published here. As soon as the workshop for discussion of results and making plans for further actions is scheduled the date will be announced.


First presentation of Test File Survey at CARO Workshop 2015


Main parts of the survey were presented May 12th 2015 in Hamburg at the CARO Workshop.

Workshop date for discussion of survey results and if required make plans for next steps will be published here.


Questions? Join us!


If you are interested in more information or joining the working group please contact the working group chairs Tonke Hanebuth and Marc Schneider using the contact form.

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