18+ Computer Virus Facts

18+ Interesting Facts About Computer Viruses

The facts about computer viruses are very interesting. By the way, the whole list of facts are interesting, but which is the 19th fact, this is what I like the most. You will also like the 19th facts.

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So let’s begin…

1.) The first computer bug was caused by an actual bug inside a computer.


2.) The most common types of malware: adware, bots, bugs, ransomware, rootkits, spyware, Trojan horses, viruses, and worms.


3.) “Creeper virus” was the first known computer virus (in 1971) and “Reaper” was the first-ever anti-virus software.


4.) The “Reaper” was actually a virus specifically designed to remove the “Creeper virus”.


5.) “Timophonica” was the first mobile phone virus found in June 2000. “Timofonica” sent SMS messages to GSM-capable mobile phones that read (in Spanish) “Information for you: Telefónica is fooling you.”


6) MyDoom is the most devastating computer virus to date, which caused more than $38 billion in damage. In 2004, the virus was estimated to affect 25% of all emails worldwide.


7.) MyDoom is the most devastating computer virus to date, which caused more than $ 38 billion in damage.
In 2004, the virus was estimated to affect 25% of all emails worldwide.


8.) There are more than 6000 new computer viruses are released every month.


9.) A malicious software writer is usually a male between the ages of 14 and 25.


10.) Some virus writers may be children who create viruses to test their programming skills.


11.) Facebook pays anyone who finds a vulnerability in their system.


12.) According to the Microsoft security intelligence report and consumer report, 40% of houses in the US are affected by computer viruses.


13.) In order, Amazon, Apple, and eBay are the top three brands vulnerable to phishing attacks.


14.) When the Internet was not popular, floppy disks were used to spread computer viruses.


15.) The Melissa virus (1999) was so powerful that it forced Microsoft and other big tech giants like it to shut down their email systems until the virus was completely removed.


16.) Approximately 90% of all emails contain malware and many people are not even aware of it.


17.) Your computer cannot be infected by email unless you click on a malicious link or download an attachment.


18.) “I Love You” is one of the most viral computer viruses ever.


19.) The elk cloner is one of the first known microcomputer viruses that spread to “wild”, that is, outside of the computer system or laboratory in which it was written. It was written by a 15-year-old high school student, originally as a joke, and put on a game disc.

The poem showcasing the elk cloner was as follows:

Elk Cloner: The program with a personality
It will get on all your disks
It will infiltrate your chips
Yes, it’s Cloner!

It will stick to you like glue
It will modify RAM too
Send in the Cloner!


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Common facts about computer viruses
  1. Virus writers are not hackers.
  2. A computer virus cannot infect hardware.
  3. Computer viruses also used to mine cryptocurrencies.
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