A Brief History of Computer Viruses

For nearly 50 years, computers have been getting infected with worms and viruses, programs designed to spread from machine to machine. In this video, we take a look at how these digital diseases got their start, alongside more unique examples of self-replicating software.

Music Used:
Tiptoe Out the Back – Dan Lebowitz (0:00)
Future Proof – South London HiFi (2:52)
Weekend in Tattoine – Unicorn Heads (6:25)
Some Other Place – South London HiFi (9:46)

Clips in Order of Appearance:
The Computer Chronicles – UNIX – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DdoGPav3fc (1:32, 2:09, 2:48)
WORLD’S FIRST COMPUTER VIRUS – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVVnhBDCFDs (4:32)
The Computer Chronicles – Computer Viruses – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qg4oNW2xAms (5:01, 5:54)
Detroit CBS News – Michelangelo Virus – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a33IFawA-ec (6:58, 7:12)
Michelangelo Virus News – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAMiENI0_J4 (7:09)
“I Love You” Email Virus – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHUi04CwSFk (8:50)

50 Comments

  1. Fortnite gamer 3000 on December 10, 2021 at 8:07 pm

    Minecraft suck only fortnite is good

  2. BlueRelentless on December 10, 2021 at 8:10 pm

    Hello your computer has virus

  3. Kunal Shrivastava on December 10, 2021 at 8:11 pm

    Now i know where minecraft creeper came from

  4. Dragon World on December 10, 2021 at 8:12 pm

    Creeper aww man 2021: Minecraft

    Creeper aw man 1971: beepboop

  5. AZ Captain Curve on December 10, 2021 at 8:15 pm

    stupid people creating viruses

  6. Elazar K on December 10, 2021 at 8:15 pm

    plot twist: this video is a virus

  7. Golden Garbage on December 10, 2021 at 8:17 pm

    I wish there were more videos on youtube like this

  8. BlueGoatFan ClickYes on December 10, 2021 at 8:18 pm

    Graphical Payloads

  9. Crafter Flance on December 10, 2021 at 8:19 pm

    Creeper, awww- my pc got hacked

  10. toshi semanaYT on December 10, 2021 at 8:19 pm

    0:47 wow i did not know some malware makers include Minecraft in their computer murderes project

  11. 行六愛点 on December 10, 2021 at 8:19 pm

    "It will stick to you like glue"
    *Gets PTSD flashbacks because of the Steam game Changed*

  12. robblequoffle on December 10, 2021 at 8:20 pm

    11:52 Microsoft performed necromancy on Windows XP because of WannaCry

  13. Firenze - Roblox and More on December 10, 2021 at 8:20 pm

    It went from

    Creative mode “ let’s just make this for fun lol”

    To

    Survival mode “WE BOUTTA END THIS CITY WHOLE FUCKING CAREER”

  14. Rudra gamer on December 10, 2021 at 8:20 pm

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  15. AJRandom - PYC on December 10, 2021 at 8:21 pm

    so that’s why notch named the mob creeper because of this?

  16. Jonathan Im on December 10, 2021 at 8:21 pm

    When my father was a college student in the ’80s and was watching the news about computer viruses for the first time, he was like "wtf are they talking about? That computer thing at the study office is a living thing??????"

  17. tenhope on December 10, 2021 at 8:21 pm

    0:50
    computers : mining diamonds
    creeper : *explodes*
    computers : AWW MAN

  18. Cock and ball torture gaming on December 10, 2021 at 8:25 pm

    I like how he represents the creeper virus with minecraft creepers

  19. Chris Justus on December 10, 2021 at 8:28 pm

    GARBAGE IN / CONVERSION/ COMMODITY OUT … … … JANYOUSEED

  20. Rudra gamer on December 10, 2021 at 8:30 pm

    dhssh

  21. Cat on December 10, 2021 at 8:31 pm

    We love how he is using the Minecraft creeper.

  22. Morty on December 10, 2021 at 8:34 pm

    Aw man

  23. hedgehog3180 on December 10, 2021 at 8:37 pm

    I think viruses are viewed as worse than just a nuisance they’re generally extremely hated especially ransomware since they go after everything from poor people to hospitals. Most people see them as on the same level as other forms of crime.

  24. Rudra gamer on December 10, 2021 at 8:41 pm

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  25. Rudra gamer on December 10, 2021 at 8:42 pm

    asregye
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  26. the hevy on December 10, 2021 at 8:42 pm

    Aww man

  27. JRKGaming on December 10, 2021 at 8:42 pm

    Looks like Minecraft revived Creeper

  28. Pratyush Mishra on December 10, 2021 at 8:45 pm

    Creeper aww man

  29. Gaming Denzil on December 10, 2021 at 8:46 pm

    ***COMPANIES CREATE A COMPUTER***

    Quiet Person : **IT’S TIME TO CREATE A VIRUS BABYYY!***

  30. crossansbread on December 10, 2021 at 8:46 pm

    you know what. forget computer viruses. just rob a bank if you want to steal money SOOO bad

    P.S don’t actually rob a bank

  31. Uniqely Sticky on December 10, 2021 at 8:49 pm

    say less it only takes some virus that I make to get rich

  32. •Simply Grace• on December 10, 2021 at 8:50 pm

    Imagine the first person to make/invent a virus got a virus-

  33. Jenell Portillo on December 10, 2021 at 8:50 pm

    Unico com en español ???

  34. AceZXV on December 10, 2021 at 8:53 pm

    LOL

  35. Macho on December 10, 2021 at 8:53 pm

    I think i have like 13 – 2 viruses MINE IS SO SLOW

  36. Tyler Da Person on December 10, 2021 at 8:53 pm

    Earned my sub

  37. THE SON OF DARKNESS on December 10, 2021 at 8:53 pm

    I hate these people with every cell of my body

  38. Zoey the Moth (TheFuture3D) on December 10, 2021 at 8:55 pm

    And now happy99 is 22 years old.

  39. Emanuel Gaddis on December 10, 2021 at 8:56 pm

    Windows has found an unknown file called windows 32 do you want to delete it?

  40. Szabó Arthur on December 10, 2021 at 8:56 pm

    When my grandma read about Petya, she immediately turned my cousin’s computer off, and said, that he can’t turn it on until the infection goes away from the internet

  41. Jen Barrera on December 10, 2021 at 8:57 pm

    for the people who didn’t play minecraft the green thing is a creeper. in minecraft it follows you and blows up very annoying.

  42. Zef Davenport on December 10, 2021 at 8:58 pm

    I actually almost got my computer infected with Sasser back in 2005, however, I had a quite old, but well updated, Panda antivirus (back when it was good), which stopped Sasser from infecting my system, and put it in the quarantine bin. I already knew about Sasser from the news, so seeing it in my computer was both frightening, and very exciting. It increased my interest for computers, systems, software and malware. Thanks to little moments like this I’m a server technician today.

  43. Andrew Lohmann on December 10, 2021 at 8:59 pm

    In the 1980s the term used was logic bomb. The term computer virus came later.

  44. Muhammad shahrukh sheikh on December 10, 2021 at 8:59 pm

    Activity No:08 A-BL-08-3E 28-4-2021
    The Three Major Types of Computer Viruses
    1: Macro viruses – These are the largest of the three virus types. They use built-in programming scripts in such applications as Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word to automate the tasks. …
    2: Boot record infectors – These viruses are known also as boot viruses or system viruses. …
    3: File infectors – These viruses target

  45. JPardonFX on December 10, 2021 at 9:02 pm

    1:33 This was so ahead of its time. It was essentially Akinator in the 70s.

  46. the saturn show on December 10, 2021 at 9:03 pm

    Who remembers cllipy

  47. Rudra gamer on December 10, 2021 at 9:04 pm

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  48. The Butler on December 10, 2021 at 9:05 pm

    4:43 Stoned. DOS Boot sector Virus. I knew the guy that made this. (he later made (the 1st I ever saw) a neat laser pattern generator using a laser from a early printer and a mirror on drive servos you could speed up/down. He also had a patch of wall papered with ZX80’s. I ran into him again later when he worked in the same Co in Wellington that I was an IT support lacky. TT

  49. Isaac O on December 10, 2021 at 9:06 pm

    crEAper Aw mAN

  50. alam md. sam sul on December 10, 2021 at 9:07 pm

    compu virus banano hoy…jara ei programme toiri kore tara e virus toiri kore …next ver. bikrikorar jonno….dosh day onno loker…with love amd.

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