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Since 1986 when the first malware code that copies itself was released, computer viruses have made your devices and computers sick. Some of them can destroy your devices, and others can cause slowdowns or even theft of your data. However, most of the time you can boot a virus off your device if you act quickly.

A virus is a part or program, similar to a flu virus, is able to reproduce itself by attaching to files and programs and infecting them. Then, it makes copies of itself. When a virus is infected by a program, it spreads to other devices and programs that are connected to the same network. These viruses can do everything from causing damage to your system such as stealing passwords and credit card details deletion, corrupting programs, and even taking over your computer completely.

Depending on the type of virus, it can spread from one computer to another through text and email attachments, Internet file downloads, or social media scam links. The virus can infect mobile devices and smartphones through shady apps. Some viruses have a playful intent and are designed to bring amusement as well as others are designed to make money.

In most countries, creating and spreading a computer virus is a crime. If you’re interested and want to know how to make a simple virus using Notepad and other tools. This isn’t for the faint of heart however it’s a fascinating method to test your programming skills. You’ll also have to determine what the virus will do after it’s infected. This could be anything from displaying an alert to corrupting data, and even spamming contacts of your friends.