Computer Virus or Heavy Metal Band?

Ethan Shport on Dec 29 5 min read

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Okay, let’s start from the very basics. What is a computer virus or malware? “Malware” is an umbrella term that refers to a bunch of forms of filthy software, such as viruses, worms, trojan horses, adware, spyware, scareware, and other ugly stuff.

So basically, malicious software aka malware is any soft that is used to affect your computer (just as heavy metal bands are eager to rip your ears off), steal sensitive information, get access to private computer architecture, or display unwanted ads.

Here, at Appswell, we want you to be well-informed, safe, and ready to accept the fact that Macs are not always secure.

Okay! No more talking! let’s do that bonkers quiz and find out if you’re able to define malwares among heavy metal bands! Yeehawww!

Anthrax is an American thrash metal band from New York, formed in 1981 by guitarist Scott Ian and bassist Dan Lilker. During the 80s, the group was considered one of the generals of the thrash metal scene. What’s interesting is that of the "Big Four" thrash metal bands (the others are Metallica, Megadeth, and Slayer), Anthrax were the only band from the East Coast.

HellRTS aka Hellraiser is considered to be a virus, an infection that can be as harmless as showing annoying messages on your screen, or as vicious as disabling your computer altogether.

Regardless of the virus' behavior, the primary objective of computer hackers who program viruses like Hellraiser is to delete, crack, or steal your data.

SevenDust 666

SevenDust popped up just before Halloween of 1998. It was able to remove all files from an infected system’s hard drive, leaving a file titled “666” in the Extensions folder. It was one of the first-ever Mac worms — programs that can copy themselves from machine to machine — and used a bug in QuickTime 2.0 to overwrite data files on infected systems, spreading to others via floppy disks, recordable CDs, hard disks, and disk image files.


Venom is a heavy metal band formed in 1979 in Newcastle, England. Reaching their glory at the end of the new wave of British heavy metal, Venom's first two albums — Welcome to Hell (1981) and Black Metal (1982)—are considered a major influence on thrash metal and extreme metal in general. Venom's second album proved to be influential enough, so that its title was used as the name of an extreme metal subgenre: black metal.


MC5 was an American band from Lincoln Park, Michigan, born in 1964. Their radical political vision and anti-establishment lyrics formed them as one of the loudest players of the punk movement in the United States. Their strong, energetic style of back-to-basics rock’n’roll included elements of hard rock, blues rock, psychedelic rock, and garage rock.


Renepo (also known as “Opener”) is the first malware that was written specifically for Mac OS X. This shell script worm emerged in 2004. It contained an arsenal of backdoor and spyware functionality that allowed snoopers to steal information from compromised computers, turn off updates, disable the computer’s firewall, and crack passwords.


Kerber is a Serbian and former Yugoslav hard rock band from Niš. In July 1983, Kerber recorded their debut LP Nebo je malo za sve (The Sky Is not Big Enough for All), mixed in Strawberry studio in Manchester, with Nightwing's bass guitarist Gordon Rowley as the producer. In December 1983, Kerber was an opening band on Uriah Heep, Ten Years After, and Nightwing concerts in Yugoslavia.

Elk Cloner

The Elk Cloner worm was written by Rich Skrenta in 1982. It was designed to infect Apple II devices. This harmless creation of high school student infected 5.25” floppy disk boot sectors, flashing a hokey poem on-screen every 50th boot. Elk Cloner is thought to be the first widespread, self-replicating Apple virus, lightening the way for future malware with far worse intentions.


Pantera was an American heavy metal band from Arlington, Texas. Popmatters claimed that, "Darrell Abbott's influence on the entire genre of heavy metal is massive; after Cowboys From Hell and Vulgar Display of Power, every notable young American metal band since has, in some way or another, copied their guitar style from those records: Korn, Limp Bizkit, Slipknot, Hatebreed, Lamb of God, Shadows Fall... the list is endless."


Morcut aka Crisis, aka Remote Control System DaVinci, is high-priced malware that was used primarily in targeted attacks by large organizations, such as governments. Back in the years, this malware was capable of infecting Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard), 10.6 (Snow Leopard), and 10.7 (Lion).

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