How to Make a Computer Virus

Since the first self-copying and malicious computer program was introduced into computers in 1986 the virus has been causing all sorts of problems. They can cause slowdowns to the machine or corrupt data, show humorous or political messages, obtain personal information, such as credit card numbers telephone numbers, passwords, phone numbers and bank accounts, spam the user’s email addresses and email addresses, or even make the computer unusable.

A virus is a small piece of code that binds itself to other files and programs and it spreads by infecting them. They remain hidden until the infected program is run. Typically, a virus starts infecting the host program and then spreads to other programs and files, mostly via e-mail. A successful virus can cause many damages and destruction over a short period of time.

Creating a virus requires time and knowledge however anyone interested in computer programming may be able to learn how to create a virus. A virus can be done with the intention of learning about a programming language, or even as a prank. A virus can be used to test an antivirus’s effectiveness.

This article will provide instructions on how to create a simple computer virus using Python however, the same process is applicable to any programming language. Python is a good programming language for beginners since it is easy to learn and is relatively quick. Other programming languages, which can be compiled are usually preferred for viruses due to their operation at a lower level and therefore are more efficient.

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