A collection from the late 1990s
Free Enterprise Virus
Uses your modem to get your credit card number and
methodically surfs the Web from end to end buying
everything offered for sale.
Reports worthless statistics about your PC such as how
many files were created on odd-numbered days of the
Deletes only terminal programs.
News Media Virus
Alters and reports the contents of a PC's Hidden files in
Supermarket Tabloid Virus
Variant of News Media Virus does not actually read Hidden
files but posts inventive, lurid reports.
Displays a message that all applications will cease
working in 30 days unless you send $299 plus $2.99 S&H
to Beavis and Butthead. All applications cease working
29.9 days later.
Sigmund Freud Virus
High-level email linguistics analysis program doesn't
send what you typed. It sends what you were really
Home Shopping Network Virus
TV-touted anti-virus program protects the PC against
boot-sector viruses as advertised, but infects the FAT,
the partition table, and the CMOS.
Advertising Industry Virus
Searches software files for prices and when it finds
one, adds a hefty surcharge.
Wall Street Virus
Attacks "program trading" networks. On a certain day
at 3:55 it will issue 90 program trade orders at the
NYSE to buy a million shares of Iomega at market price.
(By 4 pm Iomega will be down half-a-point, as usual.)
Bill Gates Virus
Using your modem, it replaces your operating system and
applications with Microsoft's and charges your VISA for
it. (See Reverse Discrimination Virus.)
Reverse Discrimination Virus
Deletes only programs written by Microsoft.
Different Drummer Virus
Causes random file over-writes 364 days a year but is
dormant on Michelangelo's birthday.
Posts message that all files have been saved when they
weren't, then deletes them.
Destroys other viruses and whatever files are located
Destroys files. When aborted by operator, posts message
saying it was following ROM instructions. (See FBI
Scans across a LAN looking for an x-rated file and if
it finds one, destroys all files on the LAN and
over-writes track 0 on all harddrives. Reports it was
following ROM instructions. (See Nazi Virus.)
Murphy's Law Virus
Unintentionally coded to destroy files starting with
itself, rendering it harmless. (See Polish Virus.)
Intentionally coded to destroy files starting with
itself, rendering it harmless. (See Murphy's Law
Sophisticated configuration code to re-write the OS.
Harmless as author forgot to add links to trigger it.
Quietly dormant in high memory, it begins to sap PC
resources in October. Causes random, serious damage on
the first Tuesday in November.
Drunk Driver Virus
Erratically erases clusters, often including its own.
Seeks out virus disinfection programs and when it finds
one, runs it and dies. (Also known as the Anna Karenina
Virus, Dr. Jekyll, the Ahab Virus, other names.)
Tries lamely to corrupt the OS, fails and over-writes
itself. Remains dormant unless the Voter Virus revives
it, then repeats the cycle.
Diverts 100% of a PC's resources to its own code
regeneration. Does nothing other than regenerate. AKA
Snail Darter Virus, Spotted Owl Virus. Potentially an
enormous family of crippling viruses.
Uses system resources to replicate itself in the space
above other programs, hooking into them so it receives
system resources when they do. (AKA the IBEW Virus, Big
Apple Virus, Mafia Virus.)
Destroys programs not written in assembly language.
Slows file executions, reduces available harddrive
space, over-writes screen with tiny pictures each
labeled "Murphy's Law."
Office of Education Virus
Converts PC ROM calculations from base 10 to base 8.
Does not update executables to reflect that.
Office of Education Virus, variant
Converts number crunching programs to Reverse Polish
Notation. Does not change documentation or hlp files.
Allocates all resources to child applications.
Ann Landers Virus
Over-writes harddrive with platitudes and aphorisms.
Dave Barry Virus
Over-writes harddrive with amusing anecdotes.
Displays message IF YOU WON'T DELETE THIS JUNK, I WILL,
then deletes all files it doesn't need for itself.
Creates thousands of 3-word files and nags you to read
them. Each file says "Read next file."
Monitors code writing and inserts a new bug when an old
bug is removed.
Over-writes half your files with messages to register
it if you want your files back. If you register it, it
over-writes the other half with a messages offering an
upgrade to the "Pro version."
Government Bureaucrat Virus
Over-writes the boot sequence with: "To read this you
must first plug your computer in and turn it on." It
then sends 90 pages of gobbledegook to your printer,
with the last 9 saying "Paperwork Reduction Act"
alternating with "This page intentionally left blank."
Ross Perot Virus
Uses PC speaker to announce over and over in nasal
twang, "I'm running." Otherwise does nothing.
Diverts all PC resources to 10% of the applications.
Creates endless applications for which there are
Forces the computer to run with no CMOS settings.
Inserts 160 lines of advertising after every 120 lines
of text in your files. AKA the Website Virus.
Creates a GAMES directory that draws resources away
from all the other directories.
Makes unauthorized copies of your CD-Roms.
New Age Virus
Converts a PC into a dumb terminal.
Deletes all files with dates after 01/01/80.
Deletes all files with dates after 00/00/00.
Uses your modem to download version of applications
issued before bugs were fixed, and installs them.
Re-writes text files so they read the same backwards
Makes keyboarding so euphoric you become addicted to
it. AKA the ILink virus.
Changes CMOS settings, scrambles the FAT, and posts
message (with prices) saying you need a new computer.
Does everything other viruses do but requires less
Pretends to be the Wal-Mart virus but has bugs and
requires more resources.
Gradually erodes PC resources. Widespread claims it
emits noxious fumes.
Displays the message "YOU ARE DEAD WRONG."
Adds garbled lines to the top of your text files and
randomly replicates paragraphs.
Bill Clinton Virus
Not an actual virus but an operating system add-on.
Causes problems attempting to upgrade the current OS.
Ronald Reagan Virus
Trashes the system by carrying out the commands of
other viruses, then disables XMS, EMS and low memory.
Endlessly divides a harddisk into smaller and smaller
partitions each devouring additional system resources.
Congressional Virus #1
Locks up the PC, splits the screen, and each side shows
a message saying the other side is responsible for it.
Congressional Virus #2
Ignores interrupts from the keyboard until you assign
it large amounts of processor resources. Then responds
to some keys and not to others.
Congressional Virus #3
A stealth virus, it quietly over-taxes your resources
with functions you don't want.
A Congress family virus that disables important OS
functions without freeing up any resources.
The second largest virus on record, bi-lingual
English/Spanish, over-writes files with redneck jokes.
Adam and Eve Virus
Takes bytes from Apple computers. Credited with
mythical reproduction capability.
Interrupts your work to sell you something twice a day.
Randomly interrupts your work to sell you something for
less money than the AT&T virus.
Won't allow you to delete a file. If you attempt to, it
demands you get counselling. After three demands it
plants ANSI bombs in random programs.
Your resources inexplicably drain away but diagnostics
report everything is fine.
New World Order Virus
Ties your PC into a vast world PC network which is shut
down for upgrades and maintenance 300 days a year.
Airline Baggage Virus
Attacks wide-area networks. Moves your files to random
places thousands of miles away. You are with IBM in New
York; overnight your files are sent to some desktop in
Botswana, leaving no trace.
School Zone Virus
Makes a Pentium Pro 200 perform like an XT.
O.J. Virus (not mine but worth remembering)
Deletes your files, displays a message that it didn't,
and says it's looking for the virus that did.
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