The World's Worst Computer Virus: The I Love You Virus (Demonstration)

This is a demonstration of the I Love You Virus (known mostly as “ILOVEYOU”), which was recognized by the Guiness Book of World Records as the worst computer virus of all time, causing more damage than anything like it before.

May 5, 2000 was just a very average day for the very average business supervisor. Though in just a couple of hours, it would quickly turn into a day of utter chaos and turmoil. Nearly every install of brand-new computer software damaged beyond repair, over 13,000 pieces of malware detected in just one office building, and soon, over $20 billion in damage seen all across the world. What happened?

These catastrophic events were the work of a new computer worm that was circulating the internet: “ILOVEYOU.”

Quite an ironic name, but it was derived from the fact that the worm would disguise itself as a love letter coming from a secret admirer. Lo and behold, the virus caused destroyed more computers than any of its predecessors. What exactly allowed it to cause this much damage, and how did it work?

The new computer worm was circulating the world wide web. Disguised as a love letter, the ILOVEYOU virus infected millions of computers around the world, causing collectively $20 billion in damage. ILOVEYOU has since been declared one of the most catastrophic computer viruses ever developed. And for the deaf people, I HAVE CLOSED CAPTIONS!!!

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Sources:

Is Technology Threatening Our Privacy?

https://www.bbc.com/news/10095957

https://computer.howstuffworks.com/worst-computer-viruses2.htm

What is the ILOVEYOU Virus? How to Remove ILOVEYOU Virus Download

https://www.winhelp.us/change-folder-views-and-options-in-windows.html

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43 Comments

  1. Josh R on December 29, 2021 at 1:56 am

    I remember when this hit. It mainly just showed how easy it is to sucker people on a computer.
    What’s even weirder is that while computers are more prevalent now most people still don’t understand them.
    The most important thing to know about any virus: you have to intentionally run it. Which means you have to be pretty ignorant to get a computer virus.

    Now, yes there are some types of viruses that you could get by accident (an embed in an html script that lies to the user for example getting them to do something they don’t even know they’re doing), but this is super rare and these days highly unlikely to happen- still possible but unlikely.

    Just pay attention to what you click on I guess.
    What you should be more worried about now-a-days is being watched/listened to by governments and corporations. The way people unwittingly give away their information now is much scarier than a computer virus.

  2. Dzikrina Marsha Wibawa on December 29, 2021 at 1:57 am

    Virus:"I love you"
    Me:omg finally someone that loves me

  3. Mattman vlogs /games on December 29, 2021 at 2:02 am

    The burning of alexandria but in 2000s form

  4. AlphachadGamer on December 29, 2021 at 2:02 am

    Disliked.

  5. Marty Despot on December 29, 2021 at 2:04 am

    I have seen such an interesting overwrite operation on an USB drive i used while printing in a printing center. The idea was for the assistant to just upload my file to their PC, but after sticking the same USB on my laptop, all my files were mysteriously converted to .exe files (well, not .vbs, but still unusable). It wasn’t a big drama and didn’t break my own computer, but nevertheless a nuisance…

  6. Tailspin80 on December 29, 2021 at 2:04 am

    Microsoft were being a bit gullible, allowing executable / vbs files to be emailed, then run from Outlook, without at any point warning the user or blocking the process. Of course, later on they intervened (with trust settings in Office, Windows Defender etc) to prevent all but the dumbest users being caught out, but why didn’t the developers see this one coming before it actually hit them?

  7. Silver on December 29, 2021 at 2:04 am

    How this video is called ‘the worlds worst computer virus” but there’s no mention of venjix

  8. abed younes on December 29, 2021 at 2:07 am

    I was born on that day

  9. LOOKING STRANGELY AT LIFE on December 29, 2021 at 2:07 am

    Did you ever look throughout the keyboard for the “any key” before?

  10. Benjamin kenson on December 29, 2021 at 2:07 am

    Now imagine this but instead of the text it’s a rick roll millions will be effected

  11. Ricardo BG on December 29, 2021 at 2:08 am

    Imagine winning a guiness and not beeing able to claim it

  12. lond r on December 29, 2021 at 2:08 am

    This video sucks

  13. NEO Nando on December 29, 2021 at 2:09 am

    50 Mil pcs were danificated GEEZ for an love letter his word crushed a lot of people hurt

  14. Cary Dum on December 29, 2021 at 2:14 am

    guz – MAHN
    ruh – MOH – ness

  15. Prodigy0112 on December 29, 2021 at 2:17 am

    I love the fact you have a downloaded audio of Shine by Collective Soul for that 2000’s authenticity

  16. Rarx _Gaming on December 29, 2021 at 2:18 am

    0:20 OH ITS A MAZDA!

  17. ً on December 29, 2021 at 2:18 am

    you sound like the lock picking lawyer lol

  18. Yll Retkoceri on December 29, 2021 at 2:19 am

    It’s so bad I actually refused to click the video for a moment.

  19. CyberLife on December 29, 2021 at 2:20 am

    I would probably click it if it popped up

  20. Krista Collins on December 29, 2021 at 2:22 am

    no the most dangerous computer virus is ur mom

  21. johnmg88 on December 29, 2021 at 2:22 am

    I was new to the internet in 2000 and even I wasn’t this stupid, I can’t wait to see how they get me when it’s my turn to be ‘old’

  22. Lee Lee on December 29, 2021 at 2:25 am

    bye i thought this was about the kpop group txt

  23. Knehe on December 29, 2021 at 2:25 am

    JAUN

  24. Gustav on December 29, 2021 at 2:26 am

    So we not gonna talk about that Miata? 0:20

  25. Mucko on December 29, 2021 at 2:27 am

    I literally got this virus on Christmas

  26. NeilOwen CRosales on December 29, 2021 at 2:29 am

    May bagong virus na gawana ngayon kayang makita ang ATM password kahit saang bansa simula palang

  27. Michael Czerniewski on December 29, 2021 at 2:30 am

    Can I just call you fhqwhgads?

  28. likewut on December 29, 2021 at 2:30 am

    Miata 😀

  29. Gabriel Arcanjo on December 29, 2021 at 2:31 am

    0:34 Carlos Tramontina

  30. Knehe on December 29, 2021 at 2:33 am

    JAUN

  31. NationSquid on December 29, 2021 at 2:36 am

    Mall-ware

  32. xSS4x on December 29, 2021 at 2:37 am

    And they didn’t notice the icon was that of a script . . .

  33. BridgeOverMountain on December 29, 2021 at 2:38 am

    Awww… I miss Clippy.

  34. Colonel Rubix on December 29, 2021 at 2:38 am

    Imagine those who actually sent love letters titled I love you, right as this whole fiasco began. Those mfs never confessed to another soul.

  35. Ethan White on December 29, 2021 at 2:38 am

    Collective soul!!

  36. ImJustSolitare on December 29, 2021 at 2:43 am

    long ago in late 90s, i got infected with a love letter virus but it only affected all my JPEG files. The rest was intact. How I got it? It was sent to my email, which back then outlook express was integrated in windows’ software directly in the computer. I didnt even see the email. It automatically infected my computer once I opened my outlook express program.

  37. Jayrob thorn on December 29, 2021 at 2:45 am

    Should be an incentive for people to get out in the real world and make real friends and
    explore the world and take exercise like we used to, oh wait, the pandemic put paid to that now.

  38. samedoX on December 29, 2021 at 2:48 am

    i just got rickrolled by an ad at the start of the video.

  39. Knehe on December 29, 2021 at 2:50 am

    JAUN

  40. Lord Duderino on December 29, 2021 at 2:51 am

    No wonder everyone said Windows 2000 was terrible lol

  41. Joseph Banks on December 29, 2021 at 2:53 am

    umm the real i loive you virus was not this… blah blah guy made a virus that would type i lone you on word while she typed… t would do it more frequently till she typed i love you too. then it would stop.. this is worse

  42. Roblox 2nd3rd on December 29, 2021 at 2:53 am

    YES FUNKING YES THE PHILIPPINES FINALLY HAS SOMETHING IN THE GUINNESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS

  43. Gd_Nathan Plays on December 29, 2021 at 2:54 am

    Guzman more like badzman

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