When you’re thinking about the 80s and the 90s in terms of computers, what’s the first thing that pops into mind? If you’re recalling about those times when you had to install an operating system using floppy disks or rage-quitting a game just because there was no Google to search for answers, then you’re in for quite t(h)reat.
Since everyone’s writing article about the greatest point-and-click games of the 80s/90s or about how simple operating systems were, we are going to show you the best malware codes of that period. Yes, you read that right. We are going to talk about computer viruses, and, even better, we’re going to give you a couple of links so you can try them out for yourself.
Don’t worry too much about having to take special precautions. All of these MS-DOS-based viruses have been stripped of their harmful code, meaning that they’re totally harmless. But what’s good is a virus, at the end of the day, if not for its ability to destroy? Their great messages, of course.
The malware we are about to present are stored on the Internet Archive’s website and can be played directly from your browser if you have the latest version of Flash Player installed.
Crash.com is a good example of how old MS-DOS viruses could scare the living daylights out of the computer user. Upon infecting the computer, this malware would make your screen blank for a few seconds and, after that, it would begin to display random symbols in various colors.
Don’t be fooled by this malware’s name because it’s not even remotely related to coffee or coffee shops, for that matter. So, after getting this bug, an 8-bit cannabis leaf will appear on your screen, accompanied by the ‘Legalize Cannabis’ message, bearing France flag’s colors.
Another example of how creative hackers got when it came to developing computer viruses. This one called MARS G.com displays a short message in which it informs the user about the name of the malware and its author (Spanska). Accompanying this message is a subtitle which reads ‘coding a virus can be creative.’ An 8-bit of Mars’s surface appears under the message.
Q CASINO.com or The Best 80’s Malware
In terms of MS-DOS-based viruses, we have to admit that the Q Casino is among the most creative of them. Once your PC is infected, a message will appear on your screen informing you that all your disk FAT has been wiped clean by an unknown assailant. However, he tells you that he has a copy of your info stored on his RAM and he will give it back if you play a game of slots.
If you get three question marks, a message will appear stating that you will be punished for trying to trace him down. However, if you get £££, another message will pop up saying that you won and that you must turn off your computer and keep it that way until tomorrow if you want to see your precious data again.
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