When people talk about viruses these days, they’ll probably talk about phishing viruses that try to steal your personal information, credit card details, and other really nasty things like that. Or those attachments that people click, which would then hack into their address book and send bogus emails to their friends.
I don’t know if you guys remember, but back in the 90’s, viruses were really quite different. They weren’t designed to unleash a whole bunch of pop-ups on your browser, or steal money from you – these viruses were just made by angry people who want to mess your computer up.
Off the top of my head, I remember viruses like the Slow, Stoned, and the Michelangelo. The Stoned virus doesn’t really do that much – it makes your DOS randomly say “Your PC is now Stoned!” but the Michelangelo will cause you to lose data.
This was of course, back when people still used floppy disks, so I remember obsessively scanning every disk I received from friends, just in case there was a virus in there. That behavior came from having contracted a couple of computer viruses before – a rude and shocking introduction to the concept of computer viruses.
Now that I think about it, I’m not sure which kind of viruses I’d prefer. The ones that steal your credit card information and your passwords, or the ones that slow your computer down and randomly delete your data?