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Live Virus Zoos and Underground Links

Although the term "virus zoo" has been misused around the internet to refer to virus encyclopedias, it really refers to a place where you can access a sample of live functioning viruses for the purpose of running them in a test lab and observing their behavior. Serious AntiVirus researchers need to have the same resources that the Virus writers do, understand how viruses work, and what works to counteract them. Please use this information responsibly, and quarantine your software lab properly before running any tests.
 

Creating the EICAR AntiVirus Test file
The Eicar Standard AntiVirus Test File is a combined effort by antivirus vendors throughout the world and EICAR organisation to come up with one standard by which customers can verify their antivirus installations. This is not a virus, but simple a line of code inserted into a text file which renamed eicar.com  

Dark Angel's Phunky Virus Writing Guide
A famous Hacker's Guide to writing viruses

The Generic Virus Writer
Written in 1994 by Sara Gordon and presented at the 4th International Virus Bulletin, this paper has become a classic. It is a case study of 4 Virus Writers that was so successful, it spawned a sequel, The Generic Virus Writer II.

Theory of Better File Virus Distribution
A cool and interesting "blackpaper" by VicodinES

Virus Creation and Construction Kits
A good sized archive of the tools of the trade

Live Viruses

We've added these pages as a resource for experienced System Administrators who have an established and properly quarantined lab. We are not responsible for any data loss or damage caused by inappropriate or careless use. Please check your local laws before experimenting with computer viruses. If you are a minor, do not continue browsing this section.

PLEASE USE CAUTION AND COMMON SENSE WHEN VISITING AND/OR DOWNLOADING FILES FROM THESE SITES. 

Coderz.net
This site hosts web pages for virus and other malware authors. Lots of interesting stuff here.

VX Heavens
Features a wide variety of viruses for download, listed in alphabetical order. Also features virus creation tools, collection utilities, virus simulators and other downloads.

VXDnet
Contains development tools, source code, polymorphic generators, etc.,

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