How to Know If Your Anti Virus Is Working

by Jim Hillier for Daves Computer Tips

How to Know If Your Anti Virus Is Working

Our good friends at Dave’s Computer Tips point out a great (free) online service that puts your Anti -irus software through a serious of tests that help confirm that your protection is set up for maximum security.–PC Pitstop.

How would you like a simple way to check and see if your anti-virus program is up to scratch? Well, the Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organization (AMTSO) has recently launched a free online service which provides just such a facility. The AMTSO service includes 5 tools to help users verify that their anti-virus protection is working and/or configured properly.

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Even though I am pretty sure the checks are primarily aimed at commercial anti-virus solutions and not really meant for freeware editions, I was keen to test them out on my long time favorite free anti-virus.

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These excerpts are shared with permission from davescomputertips.com.

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17 thoughts on “How to Know If Your Anti Virus Is Working

  1. MICROSOFT DEFFENDERT(FREE) BLOCKED ALL DOWNLOADS AND MY AVIRA PLUG FOR SAFE SITE JOINED IN ON TWO AND BLOCKED THE PHISSING SITE ALONE AND THAT WAS FREE TOO!
    THANKS NORM

  2. It appears that Avast has updated their definitions with these tests now. Avast Free passed all 5 tests. I also ran Malwarebytes Pro by itself which passed 1-3 but failed 4 and 5.

  3. Using Norton Security Suite, Tests 1,2,3, & 5 were blocked, but #4 (Phishing) failed. Possibly not configuired yet by Symantec. Will ck, with them.

  4. Using Avast,the questionable download was the only one that failed (3). Have to tweak it to have it pass all five. Strangely enough Dave’s site said it failed the last three.

  5. Bitdefender Sphere blocked all of them! 🙂 I uninstalled AVAST , for it did not block and detect several Trojans.

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