This collection allows virtual visitors to safely experience malicious programs of the past

When the telltale signs of a computer virus invading your device appear on-screen, waves of panic might set in. But at the Internet Archive, a San Francisco-based non-profit digital library, the Malware Museum allows visitors to experience the viruses of decades past in complete safety.

The Internet Archive, which has preserved 484 billion web pages, is able to simulate old computer systems to allow the curious to explore malicious programs from the 1980s and 1990s. To do so, the virtual library uses the same feature that allows it to host classic computer games that visitors can play without downloading any extra software.

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