How to Make a Computer Virus

Ever since the first malicious self-copying code was unleashed back in 1986, computer viruses have been making your devices and computers sick. Some viruses can destroy your device, while others could slow down your computer and steal your data. However, most of the time, you can get a virus off your device if you act quickly.

A virus is a piece or program that, similar as a flu-like virus, can reproduce itself by attaching itself to files and programs and infecting them. Then, it makes copies of itself. Once an infection by a virus is detected in the program, it will spread to other programs and devices that are connected to the same network. These viruses can cause all kinds of damage. They can take credit and passwords, delete data, corrupt software, or even take over your entire system.

Depending on the type of virus, it could spread from one machine to another through text and attachments to emails, Internet file downloads, or social media scams. They can also infect mobile devices and smartphones by hiding inside of shady app downloads. Certain viruses have a fun-focused intent and are created to create amusement, while others are designed to generate money.

In the case of spreading and creating a virus, it is considered an offense in most countries. But if you’re curious about the process, you can learn to create a simple virus using Notepad as well as other tools. This isn’t for the faint-hearted however it’s a fun method to test your coding abilities. You’ll need to determine how your virus will behave after it has infected your system This could be anything from displaying a message to deleting or corrupting data and spamming your friends’ contact lists.

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