Back in the late ’90s, the viruses birthed in the computer on their own – a self-reproduction process used to take place. Even though there have been many claims of the first antivirus production by many people in the past, the truth is that the first virus was self-formed, which led to the investigation of it and further production of viruses.
Before anything supplementary could happen, programmers installed precise software that resulted in the obliteration of not only the virus, but the computer’s complete data and statistics too. This happened back in 1980.
Who first documented an antivirus?
In 1987, Berned Fix publicly documented the facts and truths to remove a virus from computers.
There were two antivirus applications formed:
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Creeper and Reaper virus/antivirus:
Back when the virus first appeared, it would block the computer screen, and a statement would appear on it.
“I’m the creeper. Catch me if you can.” This would appear on the screen, and the computer would totally freeze and shut down later. This virus was called The Creeper. The antivirus that was formed later to attack The Creeper was “The Reaper.”
The virus came along with all sorts of different other viruses. The antivirus only kept from the viruses from growing further, it would shun the properties and duplicates of the Creeper Virus. The Reaper wasn’t as active as the internet security or the software developed today.
So, who was the inventor of the first antivirus…?
Bernd Fix in 1987 formed the first antivirus. The type of virus it mostly destroyed was the Vienna Virus; which is still in the hold of several computers’ systems. It infects any file that is uninfected before when you click on it.
But this virus can be detected and demolished by today’s software too.
How does the antivirus software work?
There’s a type of scanning that antivirus software does that is called on-access scanning. In this sort of digitization of the files, the software runs in the back of your computer that checks every and any data that you open.
Especially in the case of an EXE file, when you try to open it with a double click, the data first runs through the antivirus software’s on-access scanning and then decides whether it’s harmful to your system or not. If it is not, the file is opened on your computer, and your work may continue.
But in the case of negativity, the virus won’t be caught somehow, and it will be hard to remove it. It is never confirmed whether malware has been ultimately going off the grid on your system or not.
What’s a full system scan?
It is useful when the antivirus software has been installed on your computer. The full system scan runs through your computer once a week to check for any malware, etc.
You may think this doesn’t happen more than once in a week, but the truth is, just like the on-access scanning, it is all-time active in the back of your computer scanning files and documents in different folders and set-ups to look for viruses to eradicate them. This process is on its working as long as you keep the software updated and running.