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Who Writes Viruses... and Why?
The people who write viruses generally have their own reasons for what they do, and they aren't too open about identifying themselves, for obvious reasons. It is believed that most virus authors are young men in their teens or early twenties, who have a great deal of technical knowledge and have decided for various reasons to use it for destructive purposes. Some of the reasons that people write viruses:
In many cases, full-fledged war can break out between famous virus writers and the companies that write antivirus software. Given the twisted genius of many virus authors, it isn't surprising that many new viruses specifically target antivirus software programs! Then the antivirus programs modify themselves to protect against these new attacks, and so on, and so on. In essence, it's a digital war zone out there, and your hard disk is the battleground. There are thousands of viruses floating around and you ignore the risk at your peril. Fortunately there are ways of coping with this madness, primarily by preventing virus infection, and performing routine scans for any that evade your defenses.