Back to the old days when malware that hit your personal DOS computer was of a completely different breed. Some of them were infuriating; some would corrupt and leave your PC acting like a zombie. However, you must admit those viruses were so much cooler than the ones you see now. Interestingly, now you can relive the magic of old school viruses from 90’s thanks to the Internet Archive’s brand new Malware Museum.
Malware Museum is a collection of interesting viruses that attacked MS-DOS in 1990’s. You can relive the highlights of the malware superstars from yesteryear without worrying that they will wreck your computer. All the viruses there are carefully neutered to ensure visitor safety. What you’ll find there are some semi-amusing DOS-based computer graphics, some of them are showing messages and some are even playing music. This is the creativity with which they destroyed so many computers.
The geniuses behind this amazing collection were Jason Scott, archivist and software curator for the Internet Archive, and Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer of F-Secure. Currently, there are 65 examples of malware, most of them are viruses. You can see Ambulance that shows an animated ASCII ambulance run across your screen, with a loud siren and then crash into a wall. Also, there is the Frodo virus, a stealth virus that infected users every 22nd September (the birth date of Bilbo Baggins from the movies The Hobbit and lord of The Rings) by simply displaying the message “FRODO LIVES.” However, they were not the cute annoyance they appear as now. They were strong enough to slowly destroy your computer.
This is really fun to look at those old school viruses and recalling those days when how this nice piece of malware could destroy your system, forcing you to reinstall MS-DOS from scratch. Though explanations of each virus are still missing in the website, it’s a good initiative to let people from the new generation know what these viruses were like in their own time.