Since 1986 when the first malicious self-copying program appeared on computers viruses have caused a variety of issues. They can slow down machines, corrupt data or display funny or political messages. They also can access personal information such as credit card numbers, telephone number passwords, bank accounts, passwords and spam email addresses as well as contacts.
A virus is a type of code that attaches itself to other programs or files and infects them. Then, it remains hidden until the infected software is run. The virus typically starts with the infecting of a host program before spreading through email to other programs and data files. A virus that is successful could cause massive destruction and damage in the span of a few days.
It takes time and knowledge to create a computer virus, but anyone who is interested in computer programming will be able to understand how to do it. The process of creating 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 show you how to create a basic computer virus using Python however the same process can be used for any programming language. Python is a suitable programming language for novices because it is simple to learn and relatively fast. Other programming languages, which can be compiled, are generally preferred by viruses since they operate at an lower level and are therefore more efficient.