Frequently Asked Questions

It's more than just malware these days – attackers bypass antivirus and other detection methods by concealing code with different file types and compressions.

How it Works?

The Test Your Metal portal tests the malware detection capabilities of your gateway (NGFW, UTM, & Web Security) and other antivirus clients. Test Your Metal periodically captures a screenshot of a website and places it and the EICAR virus sample file into a compressed file using different compression formats. By combining an up-to-the-minute screen capture you get a continuously changing hash for your test files.

What is EICAR?

The EICAR test file is a computer file that was developed by the European Institute for Computer Antivirus Research (EICAR) and Computer Antivirus Research Organization (CARO), to test responses of AV programs. When detecting the EICAR file, a competent AV engine will respond in the same manner as if it found a harmful virus.


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