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Understand that the fast speed of the scanning tool is accomplished by knowing where to look for any known infections. However, just as a test DLd the eicar test file - sitting right on Desktop in plain sight - ran a scan and the eicar was not detected. Does this mean that any form of malware sitting right on the Desktop will be ignored, or just that Malwarebytes has been told to ignore this file wherever it appears? Thanks.

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The EICAR file can be detected by placing it in the following location:

/Users/Shared/Malwarebytes/

You will have to create the Malwarebytes folder yourself, then can place an EICAR file inside to test detection. (The name won't matter.)

This way, we don't waste any time scanning files for EICAR content unnecessarily, since EICAR files are not actually a threat and are just used these days for testing detections.

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