How to Make a Computer Virus

In computer programming the term “virus” refers to a section of code which can replicate itself by attaching itself to other programs and files. They hide until activated, and they can do anything from corrupting data to sending e-mails that block inboxes to completely erase the hard drive. Computer viruses have four phases (inspired by biologists in the classification of a live virus’s life cycle).

However, the vast majority of people do not create viruses to eliminate. There are many reasons. One reason is bragging rights. For instance children who fold his paper airplane in a creative and clever method to test how far the plane can fly before it crashes. Some people are motivated by the same psyche as vandals and arsonists – they are enticed by the destruction of property belonging to others. For a certain type of programmer, a strong computer virus can be an Mount Everest, and they’re compelled to see how far they can take it while being able to stay out of the way.

Certain viruses employ polymorphic codes which changes slightly each time they infect a computer or program. This makes it difficult for anti-virus companies discover and eliminate all copies of the virus from a system. Other viruses rely on the presence of a “trigger” to be activated and begin spreading, for example, an action taken by the user or a timed countdown (to obfuscate the origin of the virus).

You can’t accomplish anything by generating a virus trojan or worm, or any other malicious software for revenge or payback, or even pranks. There is a good chance that you will be charged. Instead, consider the alternatives, which are far safer and more likely to be fun than making malicious software programs that could cause serious harm or even wipe out your entire hard disk.

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