One of the many questions we get regularly when working on customers computers is how do I know if I have a virus? Because there are so many viruses out there and there are differences between spyware and malware and ransonware and so many others, there is not one exact way to tell if you are infected. However listed below are some of the signs that your computer may need to come in for a check up.
One of the major ways you can tell if you are infected is if your computer starts doing different strange things that you just can't explain. You may lose files or the computer may start “crashing” at random times IE: the blue screen of death. Your files may move to different locations without you doing anything. If you are receiving messages that your anti-virus program is disabled or your firewall is disabled, more than likely you are looking at a virus as well.
Another very simple tell tale sign is that your computer may start to move very slow. Slow boot times, slow times to load programs or just slowness in general. This usually indicates that something other than what you planned is using your computers resources. Along the same lines, you can look at your hard drive light, if the light is constantly on and not flickering then your computer may be infected.
Things can happen on the internet to indicate some type of infection as well. You may try to go to your favorite website only to be redirected somewhere else. Or when you are on the internet, you are getting a lot of pop up messages for things unrelated to what you are surfing for. You may hear conversations or music coming out of your speakers, this can also indicate that your system is compromised. Lastly, if you find out that you are e-mailing everyone on your e-mail list but know nothing about it, you more than likely need to get that computer cleaned out.
So how do you keep yourself from getting infected? Check back on this blog as we will have a post all about keeping your computer virus free.
As always, thanks for reading our little blog and let us know if you have any computer related questions that you would like to have answered.