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Possibly, the first publicly documented removal of an "in the wild" computer virus (i.e.
the "Vienna virus") was performed by Bernd Fix in 1987.
Before internet connectivity was widespread, computer viruses were typically spread by infected floppy disks.
In 1988, the growth of antivirus companies continued.
In Germany, Tjark Auerbach founded Avira (H BEDV at the time) and released the first version of Anti Vir (named "Luke Filewalker" at the time). Vesselin Bontchev released his first freeware antivirus program (he later joined FRISK Software).
However, as internet usage became common, viruses began to spread online.
There are competing claims for the innovator of the first antivirus product.