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How to Make a Computer Virus

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Since 1986 when the first malware-based self-copying program entered computers virus has caused all sorts of issues. They can cause slowdowns to the machine or corrupt data, display humorous or political messages, obtain personal information, such as credit card numbers telephone numbers, passwords, phone numbers and bank accounts, or even spam the user's email contacts as well as email addresses, or even render the machine completely unusable.

A virus is a type of code that binds itself to other programs or files that infect them, then remains hidden until the affected software is launched. 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 may cause massive destruction and damage in the span of a few days.

Creating a virus requires the time and skills, but anyone who is interested in computer programming can discover how to create an infection. You can create a virus to learn about a programming language, or even as an opportunity to make a joke. Making a virus could be a good way to test the efficacy of an antivirus scanner.

This article will show you how to create a basic computer virus using Python, although the same technique is applicable to any programming language. Python is a great programming language for novices, because it's relatively easy to master. Other programming languages that can be compiled, are usually preferred for viruses because they operate at the lower levels and are therefore more effective.