Talk:Computer virus

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Outdated information[edit]

"Computer viruses currently cause billions of dollars' worth of economic damage each year,[15] due to causing system failure, wasting computer resources, corrupting data, increasing maintenance costs, etc. In response, free, open-source antivirus tools have been developed, and an industry of antivirus software has cropped up, selling or freely distributing virus protection to users of various operating systems.[16] As of 2005, even though no currently existing antivirus software was able to uncover all computer viruses (especially new ones), computer security researchers are actively searching for new ways to enable antivirus solutions to more effectively detect emerging viruses, before they have already become widely distributed.[17]"

This entire paragraph cites sources from the early to mid 00's. I don't dare remove it myself, but should it really be included? The internet has changed *a lot* since 2005. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 31.208.74.179 (talk) 20:18, 13 December 2016 (UTC)

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BRAIN Virus[edit]

Second reference for BRAIN Virus. This video is in English. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnedOWfPKT0

Mac virus found in the wild[edit]

This sentence is no longer accurate and should be deleted or changed.

"There are no known viruses that have spread "in the wild" for Mac OS X."

[1] ABC report on the Flashback virus

References

Incorrect inference[edit]

Here, it says "This is due to Microsoft's large market share of desktop users."

Isn't this to be argued? The reference is only to a metric and makes no comments whatsoever. I think it's got to do with more things than just the market share of the OS. Should I just change this to my will? I'm worried because this line creeped into my college notes(copied by the professor) and I think it's just wrong. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 59.182.21.59 (talk) 06:29, 27 May 2016 (UTC)

You're right; the claim is unsourced and should probably be removed. Is there a weaker claim that could be supported by citation? 2604:6000:130A:C059:D564:D039:8151:82E8 (talk) 01:03, 30 March 2017 (UTC)

Earliest Use[edit]

Greg Benford who worked on ARPANet in the late 60s seems to have originated the term "VIRUS" (and the concept?) in his short story "The Scarred Man" published May 1970. (story text on his website http://www.gregorybenford.com/extra/the-scarred-man-returns/) The story centered on software that replicated itself with malicious intent. It's included in Dial&Easton's Visions of Tomorrow: Science Fiction Predictions that Came True http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/pl.cgi?321048 I got here from self-replicating machines, who had inquired on the When HARLIE Was One talk page about an early virus story. The Benford info is now added into the self-replicating article - it had the correct plot, but had misattributed the title for years. I'm assuming people watching this article are less easy-going, lol, so I don't want to edit anything here. Leaving it on you guys. Ukrpickaxe (talk) 23:23, 29 June 2016 (UTC)

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