Virus / malware is everywhere these days. With constant links drawing you in to the “click-bait trap”. You need to know how to prevent your computer from becoming a victim of these viscous attacks.
How do you know if there is a virus on your computer?
> The Symptoms:
Luckily you don’t have to know every detail of every virus and malicious software out there. But if you think you might have an unwanted guest bug on your device, here are the most common tell-tales of an infected device:
- Reduced Speed (Slow computer or web browser speeds)
- Increased CPU usage
- Network Connection Problems
- Crashing or Freezing of your device
- Unauthorized deletion or modification of files
- Additional icons on desktop
- Programs being re-configured or turned off by themselves.
- Unauthorized messages/emails/information being sent from the user’s device
If you’re having any of these problems it might be some form of malicious software. If you already have an anti-virus on your device your best bet will be to run a scan for possible viruses or malware and proceed to remove any found malware.
If your problems persists, you can run an advanced scan which can take up to a full day.
But how did I get this on my device?
- Accepting without reading.
Ever sent hose little pop up ads saying “Virus Found” or “You need this plugin”? Those are usually links to download malware onto your computer’s hard drive. So read carefully before accepting anything.
- Opening Unreliable Email Attachments
Whenever you see an email that you are not sure of the authentication, your best bet would be not to open the attachment. It’s always a good idea to check the file attachment’s format, if it’s .exe chances are that it is malicious software
- Inserting another infected disk/hard drive/ device
By inserting another device that is infected into your computer, you might transfer the malware to your device as well.
- Pirating Content
No surprise here, pirating content like movies, software etc. can be jam-packed with malware.
Always make sure you have a decent anti-virus installed on your device, and if you have the smallest suspicion that you have an intruder on your device, make sure to run a quick scan just to be safe.
If you are not up to figuring out, bring it to the people qualified & happy to help you out with these types of problems.