The procedure below provides instructions on testing your Microsoft Forefront Protection 2010 for SharePoint (FPSP) deployment by using the EICAR antivirus test file.

To test your deployment
  1. Copy the following line into its own text file, and then name it EICAR.TXT:


    When done, you will have a 69-byte or 70-byte file.

  2. Attempt to upload this file to a SharePoint server for testing. The FPSP realtime scan should report finding the DOS/EICAR_TEST_FILE virus. If the realtime scan has an action of Clean (the default) or Block, SharePoint returns a "Virus Found" page and blocks this file from uploading to the SharePoint server.

This is not a virus. However, because users often have the need to test that installations function correctly, the antivirus industry, through the European Institute for Computer Antivirus Research, has adopted the EICAR standard in order to facilitate this need.

It is recommended that you delete the EICAR file after installation testing is completed so that other users are not unnecessarily alarmed.