How to Make a Computer Virus

Since 1986 when the first hacked self-copying program entered computers, viruses have caused all sorts of issues. They can slow down a computer, corrupt data, display 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 contacts and email addresses, and can make the machine inaccessible.

A virus is a type of code that attaches itself to other files or programs, infects them and remains hidden until the infected software is launched. A virus usually starts by infecting a host application, and then spreads through emails to other programs as well as data files. A successful virus can cause a lot of damage and destruction in a short period of time.

A virus’ creation requires time and expertise and experience, but anyone interested in computer programming can learn how to make viruses. A virus can be done for the purpose of learning about a programming language, or as a joke. A virus can be used to test an antivirus scanner’s effectiveness.

This article will explain how to create a simple computer virus using Python however, the same method can be applied to any programming language. Python is a great programming language for novices, because it’s relatively easy to learn. For viruses, other programming languages that can be compiled are usually preferred since they operate at an inferior level of the computer and therefore be more efficient.