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How To Tell If Your Computer Is Infected

Is your computer acting strange?  It’s not always easy to determine whether or not your computer has been infected with a virus or malware because authors of malicious software do their best to disguise their work.  There are, however, some symptoms that can help you figure it out.

Signs that could indicate your computer is infected:

Unexpected Pop Up Windows

Sometimes these are masked as virus warnings telling you that you have a security threat on your computer.  There’s actually no way a website can tell you that your computer is infected without you first prompting it to scan your system.

Random Websites Open

Random connections to unknown websites is not a normal practice.  Your computer will never go to an unexpected website on its own. It is always best to close these uninvited websites without clicking on anything within the site.

Files or Folders Disappear

If files or folders are deleted or changed for no reason, this sometimes means you have a virus problem.  If you did not initiate a change or deletion of your files, it is likely that you will find a virus or malware on your computer.

Computer Slows Down

Viruses and malware are trying to do “something” on your computer.  Because of this, they are using a lot of system resources and this will slow down your system.  Websites might take longer to load or programs may take longer to open.

What Can You Do About It?

The first thing to do is take steps to avoid getting infected in the first place.  The best ways to do this are to make sure your programs, anti-virus software, and your operating system are all updated. But if you suspect you are already infected, you should avoid clicking on pop ups or suspicious windows that appear.  You should also run your anti-virus software to get rid of the virus.

If you do not have a good anti-virus program, cannot remove a virus on your own, or just need help, call Friendly Computers.  The technicians at Friendly Computers have removed thousands of viruses and would be happy to help evaluate your system.

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