How to Make a Computer Virus

Since 1986 when the first malicious self-copying program appeared on computers viruses have caused all kinds of problems. They can slow down machines or corrupt data or display political or funny messages. They also can take personal information such as credit card numbers, phone number or passwords, bank accounts and spam email addresses as well as contacts.

A virus is a program that attaches itself to other files or programs that infect them, then remains hidden until the infected software is run. Typically, a virus begins by infecting the host program, and then expands to other programs and files, often via e mail. A virus that is successful can cause significant destruction and damage within a short time.

It takes time and expertise to create an infection on a computer, but anyone who is interested in programming for computers can learn how to do it. You can create a virus in order to learn about a programming language or even as an opportunity to make a joke. A virus can be used to test an antivirus’s effectiveness.

This article will explain how to create a simple computer virus using Python but the same process can be used for any programming language. Python is an excellent programming language for beginners, as it is relatively easy to master. For viruses, other programming languages that can be compiled are generally preferred because they work at lower levels of the computer and will therefore be more effective.