Since 1986, when the first malicious self-copying program was introduced into computers virus has caused all sorts of problems. They can slow down a machine and cause data corruption or display political or funny messages. They can also access personal information such as credit card numbers, phone number and passwords, bank accounts and spam email addresses and contacts.
A virus is a small piece of code that connects to other programs and files and then spreads through infecting them and hiding until the infected program is run. The virus typically starts by infecting a host program before spreading through emails to other programs as well as data files. A virus that is successful can cause significant damage and destruction within the span of a few days.
It takes time and understanding to create a computer virus, however anyone who is interested in computer programming will be able learn how to do it. Making a virus could 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 basic computer virus using Python however, the same method can be applied to any programming language. Python is a great programming language for beginners, because it is a breeze to master. Other programming languages, which can be compiled are usually preferred for viruses since they operate at the lower levels and therefore are more efficient.