With the Internet growing vast each day, you can’t compromise on your PC security. The risk of receiving infection has increased while you surf and download free stuff like music files, movies, and videos from the Web. Such matter is virus infected and multiplies itself once it gets into your system. Slow speed, redirecting of your startup homepage, frequent pop ups, shortcuts on your desktop, annoying advertisements and formation of unknown toolbars are some of the common symptoms that mark the entry of virus. Many people have an antivirus applications installed but they do not configure them correctly. Just installing the application does not mean that the application is working properly to stop the threat or infection. You must update your antivirus software regularly. Below is a tips to check either your antivirus software are working or not.
- Open your Notepad
- Copy the code exactly in the notepad : X5O!P%@AP[4\PZX54(P^)7CC)7}$EICAR-STANDARD-ANTIVIRUS-TEST-FILE!$H+H*
- Now Save it with the name fakevirus.exe in any of your folder/drives.
- If this file got deleted immediately, then it means that your antivirus is working properly and updated !!
- If this doesn't happens and you see the saved file in that folder do right click the file and select scan with your installed antivirus and if the scan shows the file then it means your antivirus is working properly but not updated with a new version, as best antivirus softwares detect any virus (at the same second when you save the same in your system)without your effort of going to specified folder and scanning the folder.
- If it doesn't shows any kind of threats then you need to change your antivirus software immediately with some good one with the new version.
There's always a lot of discussion as to which is the best free antivirus software product. But one product name always seems to be talked in these debates - AVG Antivirus. Considering this is free software, it offers an excellent level of protection. For several years, many computer users have said that this is the best free antivirus software.