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Product-specific AV test files and URLs to verify product functionality

Many security-software vendors provide some means of verifying that the product in question is working properly. In a lot of cases, this is just the industry-recognised EICAR Standard Anti-Virus Test File or a variant of this. However, a number of vendors provide their own utilities, which are intended to check whether specific aspects of their own products are functioning as they should.

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YouTube Security Channels

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Below are some YouTube tech channels that readers may find interesting. Please note that by making these links available here, AV-Comparatives does not necessarily agree with any methods or opinions expressed in any of these channels, and does not necessarily endorse (or criticise) any products or services mentioned in them. Readers should employ their own judgement when considering the validity of any points expressed by the channel’s authors.

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Deactivating data collection (telemetry) in Windows 10

Microsoft uses telemetry – remote data collection – in Windows 10, to study how users interact with the product. Free tools are available for deactivating data collection (telemetry) in Windows 10.

ShutUp10: “O&O ShutUp10 means you have full control over which comfort functions under Windows 10 you wish to use, and you decide when the passing on of your data goes too far. Using a very simple interface, you decide how Windows 10 should respect your privacy by deciding which unwanted functions should be deactivated.

Similar tools : WinPrivacy (German only), DisableWinTracking, DoNotSpy10

Use at your own risk! If you are unsure about what you are disabling or whether you need certain configurations, better you do not mess around with those settings.

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Free public sources of malicious URLs

The following sites aim to provide public links to malicious URLs for free to security professionals and enthusiasts. Naturally we advise caution when opening any of the URLs listed there, although not all are necessarily suitable for e.g. testing anti-malware products (as some of those URLs appear to be PUA, extinct, non-working, etc., but some AVs tend to block such sites anyway as they know that some users may use them for testing). The few ones below are the most known free resources and among the better ones.

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