Signs Your Computer is Infected

 

Imagine you're working on an important project with a tight deadline. Unfortunately, your computer is operating much slower than usual. You’re waiting a long time simply to open a PowerPoint presentation. You begin to ask yourself, “Does my computer have a virus?” The following are some obvious signs to look out for.

 

Your computer is slowing down, which can include sluggish startup times, the cursor dragging seconds behind your mouse, and prolonged delays for opening the simplest programs (the calculator, for instance). A couple of scenarios to also take into consideration is if you're running out of storage space on your computer or the memory is running low from having too many applications open at once.

You notice unusual icons on the desktop for applications you’ve not heard of before.

Your computer commands fail to work properly, such as not responding to keyboard and mouse clicks, files opening by themselves, and being unable to open applications from your start menu or desktop.

Your internet browser homepage changed. Your browser (Chrome, Firefox, and Safari) might show a random homepage you did not authorize. You may also notice additional toolbars with links to odd-looking websites. In addition, you may get redirected forcibly to specific web pages.

You are attacked with relentless pop-up ads. Pop-up blocking is currently standard with major internet browsers. If you're bombarded with pop-ups and they're disrupting your browsing activities, your computer may be infected. A definite warning sign is when the pop-ups still appear after you close your browser program. You should not click on any of these ads because they can direct you to other websites that can download more malware on your computer.

You get notifications your anti-virus program and firewall is disabled on a continuous basis.

A strange anti-virus program was installed on your computer. This impostor software, known as rogueware, shows fake threat notifications then offers to fix a non-existent problem for a fee.

Your computer constantly crashes. Perhaps your applications began closing by themselves frequently. You might also see the Blue Screen of Death along with the computer restarting on its own.

Your files go missing or are moved around by themselves.

You witness abnormal hard drive activity. If the computer is generating nonstop noises when you do not have programs running, a malware strain could be performing illegitimate activities.

You're locked out of the computer. Ransomware can freeze your computer, encrypt your files, and require payment to restore access. The ransom notes shown can claim to be a law enforcement agency stating you have illegal material on your computer. Other notes will straight-out state that they have control over your computer and to pay the ransom.

 

I think my computer is infected. What can I do?

• Scan your device with an anti-virus program and CC Cleaner.
• Keep your anti-virus, operating system, and device applications up to date.
• Don’t click on strange looking links in emails, particularly from contacts you don’t know.
• Run regular backups of your computer at a data center and to the cloud. In case your device gets infected, SwiftTech can restore it with the latest working version of your data available.
• If you are a current SwiftTech Solutions client in need of assistance, send a request to SwiftTech Solutions by phone (877-794-3811) or email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). In most cases, we are able to access your computer from our office and clean out the infection. Otherwise, we will dispatch a technician to your location.
• Disconnect the computer from the network until further instruction from SwiftTech Solutions. This is to prevent other devices on the network from getting infected.

 

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