How to Make a Computer Virus

Since 1986 when the first malware code that copies itself was released computer viruses have caused your computers and devices sick. Some can brick your device, while others could slow down your computer or steal your data. In most cases, if you react quickly, you will be able to get rid of a virus from your device.

A virus is a part or program that, like to a flu virus can reproduce itself by attaching itself to files and programs and infecting them. Then, it creates copies of itself. 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 any number of harm such as stealing passwords and credit card details, deleting data, infecting programs, and taking over your computer completely.

Depending on the kind of virus, it could be transmitted from one device to another through text and email attachments, Internet file downloads, or even social media scam links. They can infect mobile devices and smartphones through shady apps. Certain viruses have a playful intent and are designed to cause fun and entertainment, while others are made to earn money.

In many countries, creating and propagating computer viruses is a crime. If you’re curious about how to create a virus, you can do it with Notepad and other tools. It’s not for those who aren’t confident but it’s a fun way to test your coding skills. You’ll need a plan for how your virus will behave once it has infected the system. This can range from displaying an alert to corrupting data or even spamming contacts of your friends.