The Windows Special – viruses and other malware

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The computer and the knife

A knife can be used to kill people, when used by a murderer. It can also be used to save people's lives, when used by a doctor. A computer is rather similar in this sense. Computers and Internet have brought us lots of benefits - one can buy things from another continent from home, read news from all the wide world, communicate with more people than it was ever possible. And yet we have the negative side too.

Looking back

Early days

The PC falls ill: the first virus outbreaks

  • Yankee Doodle
  • Cascade
  • Dark Avenger
  • DIR II

MS Office vs the macro viruses

The heyday of macro viruses

I Love You, Melissa

  • I Love You
  • Melissa

The New Millennium: worms and spyware


The motivation of virus writers

The Windows Special

Windows vs other systems: why does it get beaten so hard?