Hopefully, you are able to read this and smile rather than gritting your teeth and shaking your fist at the screen as you remember the time one of these killers infected your PC. Chances are, however, if you were unlucky enough to fall victim to one of these, your computer suffered serious damage that only a truly gifted IT service professional with some serious virus removal skills would be able to remove. The following is a list of three of the deadliest computer viruses of all time.
- I Love You – How could those three words so synonymous with human devotion be so completely destructive in the computer world? Anyone who experienced the effects of this monster most likely still asks themselves this question today. It was a self-replicating virus that infected your system through email and managed to crash systems all over the world. It was unleashed by opening an attachment, which emailed it to 50 contacts in your address book. Total estimated damage worldwide exceeded $10 billion!
- Melissa – Attention Allman Brothers fans, this was no “Sweet Melissa.” No, this bug was similar to the “I Love You” virus because it also emailed itself to 50 contacts in your address book. This one, however, was based on MS Word Macro and resulted in some of the fastest and most widespread PC damage of all time.
- Doom – Definitely more ominous sounding than either of the previous two on this list, but not quite as damaging overall. Still, the Doom virus was a tricky criminal mastermind because it disguised itself with an email heading that read, “Mail Transaction Failed.” Unsuspecting users figured it was an email alerting them of a bounced email. When they opened it, however, a brutal denial of service attack was sent to email addresses.
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