About the project
They steal our files, corrupt our hard drives and destroy our lives. We scan. We block. Do everything we can to prevent infection. Computer viruses. We hate 'em. Nevertheless, we remain fascinated by their evil plots. This fascination led to a new kind of art collection - Computer Virus Catalog. The worst viruses in computer history interpreted by artists around the world.

* Founded & curated by Bas van de Poel
* Logo design by Justin Blyth
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Stoned by
White Russian
Stoned is the way of the walk... and an early DOS virus. The original virus doesn't do much damage, other than displaying the message: 'Your computer is stoned. Legalize Marijuana'. Later Stoned variants, however, did grind your system_





Marburg
by HORT
Marburg infects .EXE and .SCR files and draws the all too familiar critical error icon everywhere on your screen. The Windows virus spread like crazy in August '98, when it was included on the master CD of popular MGM/EA game 'Wargames'_



Madman by
Jay Wright
Madman is a DOS virus infecting .EXE files. Whenever you hit CTRL-ALT-DEL the virus displays an ASCII picture of an angry red-faced amigo. Hit your keyboard again and the virus displays the creepy message: 'Nothing can save you here, friend - you're in my world now!'_



Techno by
Joost & Nick
DOS virus Techno infects .COM files. The virus activates randomly one out of ten times and uses the CPU audio device to play a fist pumping techno track. Meanwhile, the word 'TECHNO' covers the entire screen_




OlympicAIDS by
Julien Rivoire
DOS virus OlympicAIDS infects .COM files and activates on the day after the 1994 Winter Olympics started. The virus draws the Olympic rings and pokes fun at the official Games mascots. Next, it corrupts your hard drive and freezes all system activity. Not very sportsmanlike_



Implant by
Karborn
DOS virus Implant displays a high res photo of a blonde bombshell wearing nothing but lingerie. The quality of the image is remarkable since DOS runs video in text mode. After rebooting your computer you will notice the babe erased your entire hard drive_



Lichen infects .COM and .EXE files and activates one month later. Whenever there's no keyboard activity for longer than a minute, the DOS virus produces lichen inspired visuals best described as kryptonite on crack_



The LSD virus is far out... This DOS virus overwrites all the files in the current directory and then displays a druggy video effect. Next it shows a message from your local dealer: 'LSD ViRuS 1.0 Coded By Death Dealer 4/29/94 [TeMpEsT -94]'_



Anna Kournikova
by Sarah Mazzetti
Besides being a tennis super star / part time bikini model, Anna Kournikova is also a very effective Windows worm. The worm is designed to trick users into opening an email purportedly containing a picture of the celeb. Instead, it plunders your inbox and sends itself to your entire Outlook contact list_



Skulls targets Nokia phones running Symbian OS. After infection, the trojan replaces all app icons with scalps and tries to drain the battery. Skulls spreads itself by texting malicious links to all contacts, including ex-girlfriends and your evil boss. This results in sky-high phone bills and occasionally sweet revenge_