Since the very first malicious self-copying code was released in 1986 computer virus have been causing computers and devices sick. Some viruses can destroy your device, while others slow down your computer or even steal your data. However, most of the time you can remove a virus from your device if you take action quickly.

A virus is a part or program, similar as a flu-like virus, can reproduce itself by attaching to programs and files and infecting them. Then, it creates copies of itself. Once the virus is infected by the program, it will be spread to other programs and devices that are connected to the same network. These viruses can cause any number of harm such as stealing passwords and credit card information or data, deleting it, corrupting programs, or infecting your system completely.

Depending on the kind of virus, it may spread from one computer to another through text and attachments to emails, Internet file downloads, or through social media scam links. These viruses can infect smartphones and mobile devices via malicious apps. Some viruses are fun in their intent and impact, while others were developed to make money.

In most countries, generating and propagating computer viruses is considered a crime. If you’re curious about how to create a virus you can do it with Notepad and other tools. This isn’t for the faint of heart however it’s an enjoyable way to test out 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 red alert to the deletion of data or its corruption and even sending out spam messages to the contacts lists of your friends.