Ever since the first malicious self-copying code was released in 1986 Computer viruses have been causing your computers and devices sick. Some of them can brick your devices, and others can slow down or even steal your data. In most cases you can remove a virus from your device if you act quickly.

A virus is a part or program that, similar to a flu virus, can reproduce itself by attaching itself to online advertising good files and programs, and then infecting them. Then, it creates copies of itself. Once the virus has infected the program, it will be transmitted to other programs and devices that are connected to the same network. These virus can cause all kinds of damage. They can take credit and passwords or erase information, corrupt programs or even completely take over your system.

Viruses can spread from one computer to another via emails and text. They may also propagate through Internet file downloads or social media scams. Infections can also affect smartphones and mobile devices by hiding inside of shady app downloads. Some viruses have a playful intent and are designed to bring enjoyment while others are created to generate money.

In the majority of countries, creating and spreading computer viruses is a crime. If you’re curious about how to make a virus, you can do it with Notepad and other tools. This isn’t for the faint-hearted but it’s an enjoyable way to test out your programming skills. It’s also important to decide what the virus will do once it’s infected. This can range from displaying an alert to corrupting data, and even spamming your contacts lists of friends.