Computer viruses as animations and art — without destroying your PC

They may have crippled computers and cost billions, but the computer viruses unleashed in the 1980s and 1990s could be provocative works of art, too. Rather than the silent-but-deadly viral attacks of today, the attention-seeking malware of yesteryear featured animations, taunts and even games that would flash up on your computer screen as the virus took hold.

High art … another Malware Museum classic

Computer historian Jason Scott, who has also created a museum of bulletin board messages, has now put a selection of the viruses (rendered harmless) online in the Malware Museum.

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