The correct operation of F-PROT Antivirus can be tested with a special test file. This is a dummy file which is detected by F-PROT Antivirus exactly like if it were a virus.
This file is known as EICAR Standard Anti-virus Test file, and it is also detected by several other anti-virus products in a similar manner. EICAR is the European Institute of Computer Anti-virus Research.
Naturally, the file is not a virus.
When executed, EICAR.COM will display the text:
We do not include the EICAR test file with the package to avoid alarming anyone running F-PROT Antivirus (or any other scanner), but to create the EICAR test file, use any text editor to create a file. For information on how to create the EICAR test file, please browse EICAR's official webpage.
You should receive a similar screen output as this one when testing F-PROT Antivirus with the EICAR test file: