What is Chernobyl Virus?
Chernobyl virus is a computer virus designed to infect Microsoft Windows-based operating systems. Chernobyl virus overwrites vital information on infected system drives and corrupts the basic input / output system (BIOS), making it one of the most harmful computer viruses for previous Windows 95, 98 and ME computers. The virus got its name because it happened to be activated on the day of the 13th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.
The Chernobyl virus is also called CIH, after its creator Chen Ing Hau or spacefiller, because it fills the gaps between the files on an infected drive with copies of itself.
The Chernobyl virus is considered to be one of the most destructive computer viruses. This type of virus, known as a worm, continues to replicate itself, filling up the available space between files. The virus's space-filling function makes it less vulnerable to antivirus software as it does not increase the size of the file. This is one of the tell-tale clues antivirus software looks for. The Chernobyl virus also destroys the program files and executable files that it infects. By adding scripts, the virus can overwhelm the computer's processor and slow down its processing speed. The Chernobyl virus also infects the Flash BIOS, which prevents the computer from starting correctly.