Since 1986 when the first malware code that copies itself was released computer viruses have rendered your computers and devices sick. Some of them can brick your devices, while others can slow down or even steal your data. In most cases, you can get a virus off your device if you act quickly.
A virus is a piece of software that, similar to the flu virus, can reproduce by attaching itself to programs and files then infecting them. They then make copies of themselves. Once the virus is infected by the program, it will be spread to other programs as well as devices connected to the same network. These viruses can do all sorts of damage by stealing passwords and credit card details, deleting data, corrupting programs, or completely taking over your system.
Depending on the type of virus, it can spread from one machine to another through text and attachments to emails, Internet file downloads, or even social media scam links. They can infect smartphones and mobile devices with shady apps. Some viruses have a playful nature and are designed to bring enjoyment, while others are designed for financial gain.
In most countries, generating and spreading computer viruses is a crime. If you’re curious about how to create a virus you can do it with Notepad and other tools. This isn’t for the faint of heart however, it’s an enjoyable way to test out your programming skills. You’ll also need to decide what your virus will do once it has infected a system. This could range from displaying a warning message to the deletion of data or its corruption, and even spamming the contacts lists of your friends.