Examine the icon tray next to the time indication. Antivirus programs place their icons in this area. If you configured to hide the taskbar shortcuts will automatically expand the whole list of icons by clicking the special button in the shape of a triangle.
Run "task Manager". The main task of this utility is to display all the processes currently running in the operating system. Find the process corresponding to the name of your antivirus. If it is in the list, it means that the antivirus is running. Also worth noting is that modern antivirus programs are set up in such a way that the task Manager may be from one to three processes at the same time. Try not to disable manually, as this can lead to serious consequences.
Open the program window of antivirus via menu "start". Set antivirus program to check external media or folder on your hard drive. If the program window is open, and it performs basic tasks, it means that the antivirus is running. Try to scan all local drives of a personal computer. It may take from several minutes to a few hours, depending on the amount of data stored.
If you want to check react your anti-virus on malicious file, create a text document and enter the string X5O!P%@AP[4\PZX54(P^)7CC)7}$EICAR-STANDARD-ANTIVIRUS-TEST-FILE!$H+H*. Rename the file from text to com and check antivirus. Effective antivirus program will report the threat immediately when you try to rename the file extension.
Run the antivirus program can be stopped due to a failure in the operating system. The antivirus program may not work properly if you have installed already infected environment. Make external treatment for virus and reinstall the program.