Since 1986 when the first malware code that copies itself was released, computer viruses have made your computers and devices sick. Certain viruses can damage your device, while others could slow down your computer or steal your data. In the majority of cases, if you act quickly, you can remove a virus from your device.

A virus is a type of piece or program, similar to a flu virus, is able to reproduce itself by attaching to programs and files and infecting them. Then, it makes copies of itself. Once a virus infects an application, it spreads to other devices and programs linked to the same networking. These viruses can cause all sorts of damage. They can take passwords and credit cards, delete data, corrupt software, or even completely take over your system.

The spread of viruses can be from one computer to another via email and text attachments. They can also spread via Internet file downloads or social media scams. Infections can also affect mobile devices and smartphones by being hidden within shady app downloads. Some viruses have a playful nature and are designed to make laughter while others are created for financial gain.

In most countries, creating and spreading a computer virus is a crime. If you’re curious about how to make a virus, you can try using Notepad and other tools. This is not for the faint-hearted however it’s a fun way to test out your programming skills. You’ll need to decide how your virus will behave once it has infected the system. This can range from displaying an alert to corrupting data or even spamming contacts of your friends.