Rhett Jones via Hopes&Fears:
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The early 90’s were a renaissance for a certain type of computer virus. Today, we think of a virus as an insidious thing that hides and wreaks various forms of havoc like destroying a nuclear facility; never peaking its head up intentionally. But there was a time when viruses were more playful and made their presence known with creative and occasionally funny graphics or animations via “payloads.” We recreated the payloads of old school viruses featured in the “wanted list” from Central Point’s ’91 anti-virus ad in high-res glory. “You could get by with an anti-virus program. Then again, so could these,” the ad warns. Check ’em out (below) from the safe confines of your browser window, downloadable for your creative remixing needs.
While early computer viruses were certainly capable of destruction and minor havoc, they were often designed simply for the hackers’ own amusement and to deliver what’s known as a “payload.”It might be a message that tells you that cybertron69 has owned you, or it might be an elaborate animation with a political message.