Since the first malicious self-copying code was released in 1986 Computer viruses have been making your computers and devices sick. Some of them could brick your devices, while others can cause slowdowns or even theft of your data. In most cases, if you respond quickly, you can remove the virus from your device.

A virus is a part of software that, similar to the flu virus, can reproduce by attaching itself to files and programs that infect them. They then make copies of themselves. Once an infection by a virus is detected in the program, it will be spread to other programs and devices that are connected to the same network. These viruses can do various damage including stealing passwords, credit card information and deleting data, as well as damaging programs, and taking board of directors meeting software over your computer completely.

Depending on the type of virus, it can spread from one machine to another through text and email attachments, Internet file downloads, or even social media scam links. The virus can also infect smartphones and mobile devices through being hidden within shady app downloads. Some viruses are playful in intent and effect, while others were created with financial gain in mind.

Creating and spreading a virus is considered as a crime in many countries. But if you’re curious and want to know how to create a simple virus using Notepad and other tools. This isn’t for those who aren’t confident however, it’s an interesting method to test your coding abilities. You’ll also have to determine what the virus will do after it has infected a system. This can be anything from displaying a message to delete data or destroying it or even contacting contacts of your friends.

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