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While the primary laptop virus (Creeper) was launched on the ARPANET as a innocent experiment, the primary laptop virus to be launched within the wild did not have malicious intent both.
Called “Brain,” this system was created in 1986 by the Farooq Alvi brothers of Pakistan as a way to discourage copying the medical software program they wrote. It focused IBM PCs and would exchange a floppy disk’s boot sector with a replica of the virus and flag the actual boot sector as unhealthy.
Infected boot sectors would learn “Welcome to the Dungeon (c) 1986 Basie & Amends (pvt) Ltd VIRUS_SHOE RECORD V9.0 Dedicated to the dynamic reminiscences of tens of millions of viruses who’re now not with us at the moment – Thanks GOODNESS!! BEWARE OF THE er..VIRUS : this program is catching program follows after these messages….$#@%$@!!”
Because it wasn’t meant to be malicious, the brothers included contact data for eradicating Brain and shortly discovered their cellphone traces flooded by involved laptop customers from across the globe. Later, the Farooq brothers ran a Pakistani ISP.