mvp There’s a misconception around viruses these days. In actual fact, the humble virus has it’s origins as early as the 1970’s with the “Rabbit Virus”. These types of attack mostly evolved around the operating system itself, plus documents etc, and were designed initially to cause amusement rather than anything malicious. However, as time went on, in the early 2000’s, viruses stepped up a gear with “iloveyou”, “netsky”, “melissa” etc and were a lot more destructive in nature - often rendering entire systems inoperable - but not for a fee - for notoriety above anything else.
Fast forward 15 years, and we saw the birth of the very first virus capable of holding files and other key information “hostage” for a fee - hence the term Ransomware. Viruses that had become malicious in their intent became known as “Malware”.
Overall, the term “virus” is essentially dead as cyber criminals shift their focus to creating powerful malware and ransomware routines that are capable of rendering entire power grids and nuclear plans inoperable. In this day and age, anti-virus is typically referred to as “Endpoint Protection” in the sense that the virus only accounts for a small percentage of the total attacks.