Since 1986, when the first malicious self-copying software was introduced to computers viruses have caused all kinds of problems. They can slow down a computer and corrupt data, display humorous or political messages take personal information like credit card numbers, phone numbers, passwords and bank accounts, and spam the user’s email addresses and e-mail addresses, even making the machine unusable.

A virus is a code that is attached to other files or programs that infect them, then remains hidden until the affected software is run. Typically, a virus begins by infecting the host program, and then expands to other programs and files, typically via e-mail. A virus that is successful could cause many damages and destruction in a brief period of time.

It takes time and knowledge to create viruses on computers, but anyone who is interested in programming for computers will be able to understand how to do it. You can create a virus to gain knowledge about a programming language or as an entertainment. A virus can be used to test an antivirus’s effectiveness.

This article will provide instructions on how to create a basic computer virus using Python, although the same process can be used for any programming language. Python is a great programming language for beginners, because it is a breeze to learn. Other programming languages, which can be compiled, are usually preferred for viruses as they operate at a lower level and therefore are more efficient.