Don't touch the malware at this museum

Stay behind the velvet ropes as you admire the history of malware at this newly minted museum.

Malware moments
Malware moments you wish to forget

Jason Scott, archivist and software curator for the Internet Archive, and Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer of F-Secure, have brought together this group of malware to mark some of the early viruses. Here are only a few, with another batch to be displayed soon.

PC World contributed to this slideshow.

AIDS 552
AIDS 552

According to Wikia, AIDS.552 is a computer virus written in Turbo Pascal 3.01a which overwrites com files. AIDS is the first virus known to exploit the MS-DOS "corresponding file" vulnerability. 

AMBULANC
AMBULANC

Ambulance shows an animated ASCII ambulance drive across the screen with sirens blasting but then crashes into a brick wall.

ARIANNA
ARIANNA

According to Trend Micro, this virus is spread by executing an infected program or a computer with a partition that has been infected. When a file infected with the ARIANNA virus is executed, it will check to see if it is already resident in the memory by checking to see if the return value of ax is equal to 0 after int 2f(ax=FE01). If the virus is already in the memory it will execute the infected program. The virus code remains resident in the high memory.

CASC-SIM
CASC-SIM

CASC-SIM.COM is a type of COM file associated with Master Hacker developed by Core Publishing for the Windows. This COM file carries a popularity rating of 1 stars and a security rating of "UNKNOWN".

CeCe
CeCe

Patricia Hoffman’s Virus Information Summary List porttrayed CeCe as software that binds to other software files to hide and execute together with infected file containing self-replicating functionality. The Cece virus was received in July, 1995. Its origin or point of isolation is unknown.

CENTIPED
CENTIPED

CENTIPED.THM is a type of THM file associated with Microsoft Home Essentials 98 Greetings Workshop developed by Microsoft for  Windows. This THM file carries a popularity rating of 1 stars and a security rating of "UNKNOWN".

COSMOS-G
COSMOS-G

As noted on Solvusoft: COSMOS-G.COM is a type of COM file associated with Master Hacker Internet Terrorism developed by Core Publishing for Windows. The latest known version of COSMOS-G.COM is 1.0.0.0, which was produced for Windows NT. This COM file carries a popularity rating of 1 stars and a security rating of "UNKNOWN".

CSC-SIMX
CSC-SIMX

CSC-SIMX.COM is a type of COM file associated with Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (First) developed by AFIWC / NIST for Windows. This COM file carries a popularity rating of 1 stars and a security rating of "UNKNOWN".

Denzuko
Denzuko

Denzuko is an Indonesian boot sector virus from 1988. It seeks out and destroys the Brain virus. It is one of the first Nematodes (virus or worm that destroys another virus or worm).

DENZ-SIM
DENZ-SIM

According to Solvusoft, DENZ-SIM.COM is a type of COM file associated with Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (First) developed by AFIWC / NIST for Windows. This COM file carries a popularity rating of 1 stars and a security rating of "UNKNOWN".

Flame
Flame

PC World reported that Kaspersky describes Flame as a backdoor and a Trojan with worm-like features. The initial point of entry for the virus is unknown -- spearphishing or infected websites are possibilities -- but after the initial infection, the virus can spread through USB sticks or local networks.

Flip
Flip

When Flip is introduced through an infected file, the virus checks if there is already a copy of itself in memory and that the memory is not full. If it is, the virus quits running, Wikia says. If not, it becomes memory resident. The virus then checks if the master boot record has been infected, and if it is not, infects it. The virus appends its code to any .com or .exe files that are executed. Files with an .ovl extension will also be infected if used by a file that becomes infected.

Froll
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Froll

The Froll virus creates havoc with the screen and lets out garbled noise through the PC speaker.

FUM-SIMD
FUM-SIMD

FUM-SIMD.COM is a type of COM file associated with Master Hacker developed by Core Publishing for Windows. The latest known version of FUM-SIMD.COM is 1.0.0.0, which was produced for Windows. This COM file carries a popularity rating of 1 stars and a security rating of "UNKNOWN".

HA
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HA

The Ha! virus activates by laughing at you.

Hymn
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Hymn

The Hymn virus plays part of the Russian national anthem and overwrites the screen with its "copyright".

I13
I13

Solvusoft reported at the time: 13.COM is a type of COM file associated with MSDN Disc 11 developed by Microsoft for Windows. The latest known version of I13.COM is 1.0.0.0, which was produced for Windows. This COM file carries a popularity rating of 1 stars and a security rating of "UNKNOWN".

IWAG
IWAG

IWAG is not a dangerous memory resident polymorphic parasitic virus. It hooks INT 8, 17h, 21h, 2Fh and writes itself to the end of EXE files that are accessed.

Kukac
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Kukac

F-Secure notes that this virus family contains two viruses, one 512 byte known as "Turbo Kukac", but the other as Turbo-448. Both viruses only infect COM files, and may cause program crashes. F

Kuku
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Kuku

This virus searches for .COM files, then writes itself to the beginning of the file. Depending on the system time (with the probability of 1/8) the virus overwrites the files with the program, being executed that program disables keyboard, decrypts and displays plenty of colorful lines