Virus infections are intentional attacks.
Here are three common symptoms of a likely computer virus. If your computer shows one or more of these, you're probably infected.
1. Irritating Pop-up ads:
Your modern browser includes pop-up protection to keep these annoyances away on most sites. If you're still seeing regular pop-ups on more than one site, it could just be a badly-configured browser.
However, if pop-ups are coming at you when your browser isn't even open, it's likely you have a virus. This is especially true if the pop-ups advertise some magic cure-all to your "virus woes"
If you are bombarded with pop-up ads, first run a scan with anti-spyware software such as Malwarebytes or SpyBot to double-check.
2. Messages you didn't send - or didn't expect to receive:
Most viruses have one goal in mind once they infect your computer: to spread the virus as far as possible. An easy way to do that is to send messages to as many of your friends as possible in hopes they'll get infected, too.
These messages can show up anywhere. You may get an email from somebody who rarely writes. The virus might try to send out spam through your email account. It could take control of your Facebook or Twitter and send out spam, too. In almost all cases, it will include a link or attachment to the virus somewhere in the post.
Keep an eye on your email's "sent" folder and on your social network posts. If you notice emails and posts that you don't remember sending or posting, it's likely that you have a virus. Here is what you need to know to take your account back.
3. You're locked out of your computer:
You're surfing the Web when suddenly an authoritative message appears saying you're locked out of your computer. It may claim to be from law enforcement or an anonymous blackmailer.
Either way, your computer has been hijacked. What's really happening is that a virus is blocking important programs from running, or even encrypting your files so you can't get to them. The scam is trying to make you pay cash to get your computer back. That's why it's commonly called "ransom-ware."
Viruses are no joking matter, which is why you need to be prepared in advance:
- Have a legitimate antivirus program installed on your system.
- Remember to renew your antivirus software on time – if it isn’t renewed, its not active.
- Make sure you are always up-to-date with latest virus definitions – if it is not up-to-date, it is useless.
- Ensure that your antivirus updates are running automatically – or as a minimum, make sure you install antivirus program updates as frequently as you can to make sure that your system has a defense line against most recent viruses, too.
If something got missed and your system has been invaded by unknown dark forces, give us a call and we'll save your system immediately. That's what we do!