Since 1986, when the first malicious code that copies itself was released computer viruses have rendered your computers and devices sick. Some viruses can cause damage to your device, while others can slow down your system or steal your data. But in most cases, you can remove a virus from your device if you act quickly.

A virus is a part or programming that, similar to a flu virus, can reproduce itself by attaching to programs and files and infecting them. Then, it makes copies of itself. Once the virus has infected the program, it will spread to other programs and devices that are connected to the same network. These viruses can cause all sorts of damage. They can take credit cards and passwords erase data, corrupt software, or even completely take over your system.

Viruses can spread from one computer to another using text and email attachments. They can also be spread through Internet downloads of files or social media scams. These viruses can infect smartphones and mobile devices through shady apps. Certain viruses have a playful intent and are designed to make fun while others are created to make money.

In the majority of countries, creating and spreading computer viruses is considered a crime. But if you’re curious to learn more, you can discover how to create a simple virus by using Notepad as well as other tools. This is not for the faint-hearted, but it is an enjoyable method to test your coding skills. You’ll need a plan for what the virus will do after it has infected your system. This can be anything from displaying a warning message to delete data or destroying it and even sending out spam messages to the contacts lists of your friends.