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I want to run Computer virus on virtual machine to see how they behave, is there any online repository or database which store computer virus. Both old and new?

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You may want to look at the EICAR antivirus test file.

You can create this file by opening a text editor and pasting the following into it:


The above text, in the words of the above site, is actually x86 machine language, and "... is a legitimate DOS program, and produces sensible results when run (it prints the message 'EICAR-STANDARD-ANTIVIRUS-TEST-FILE!')."

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There are various research sites that keep malware samples available for research. I found a list of sites that provide downloadable samples here:

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exactly what I was looking for. Also found a malware domain list: – bran Dec 23 '12 at 7:37

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