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Windows 7: Computer Virus turns 25 Today

19 Jan 2011   #1

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
Computer Virus turns 25 Today

TWENTY-FIVE years ago today, two brothers in Pakistan came up with a new and novel way to catch out software pirates.

As it turned out, they also gave birth to one of the greatest annoyances in the modern world.

"Brain", considered to be the first major personal computer virus, was created on January 19, 1986, by Basit and Amjad Farooq Alvi at their computer shop in Lahore, Pakistan.

From there the program spread across the world — one infected floppy disk at a time.

At its peak Brain had even reached the offices of a government department in Canada, on the other side of the globe.


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19 Jan 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I'm almost reconsidering using AVG again, since it would appear they have the background support of an anti-virus pioneer on their side.
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19 Jan 2011   #3
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64

Brain! I remember that. Does anyone remember the "Stoned" virus which made its debut not long after?
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19 Jan 2011   #4

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1 (desktop)

I can't quite bring myself to sing Happy Birthday....
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19 Jan 2011   #5


Some interesting facts on the net.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wikipedia
Virus programs

The Creeper virus was first detected on ARPANET, the forerunner of the Internet, in the early 1970s.[10] Creeper was an experimental self-replicating program written by Bob Thomas at BBN Technologies in 1971.[11] Creeper used the ARPANET to infect DEC PDP-10 computers running the TENEX operating system.[12] Creeper gained access via the ARPANET and copied itself to the remote system where the message, "I'm the creeper, catch me if you can!" was displayed. The Reaper program was created to delete Creeper.[13]
A program called "Elk Cloner" was the first computer virus to appear "in the wild" — that is, outside the single computer or lab where it was created.[14] Written in 1981 by Richard Skrenta, it attached itself to the Apple DOS 3.3 operating system and spread via floppy disk.[14][15] This virus, created as a practical joke when Skrenta was still in high school, was injected in a game on a floppy disk. On its 50th use the Elk Cloner virus would be activated, infecting the computer and displaying a short poem beginning "Elk Cloner: The program with a personality."
The first PC virus in the wild was a boot sector virus dubbed (c)Brain,[16] created in 1986 by the Farooq Alvi Brothers in Lahore, Pakistan, reportedly to deter piracy of the software they had written.
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19 Jan 2011   #6

Linux (Mint is primary) / XP, Win7 Home / Win7 Pro, Ultimate / Win8.1 / Win10 archived VM

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Golden View Post
Brain! I remember that. Does anyone remember the "Stoned" virus which made its debut not long after?
Yup. I destroyed my copy of it only a couple years ago (ok, so I'm a pack rat).
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19 Jan 2011   #7

Vista Ult64, Win7600

Happy Birthday.
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19 Jan 2011   #8

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

MS Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1

Please don't promote this stuff, its in the same ball park as Piracy imho!!
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19 Jan 2011   #9
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1

I've been working against this stuff since 2002 ... and it evolves again with new code.
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20 Jan 2011   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit-HP OEM SP1 Installed

Happy Birthday!!???
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