How do I know if I have a Virus?

A virus can be a tricky thing to identify and can be even trickier to get rid of. Today, I thought I would talk about some of the ways that you can identify a virus or malware on your computer.

Your Anti-Virus Gives a Warning

A warning from your antivirus program is the most obvious way to tell you have a have a virus. Often times, these are also the easiest viruses to get rid of since your antivirus can often successfully remove these types of viruses.

Constant Popups

If you are experiencing constant popups, then you may also have a virus. Generally, these will be drastic and won’t necessarily be browser popups. Also, you may notice that they popup when you are not even trying to browse the Internet. An example of this is a popup that tells you that your computer is infected and that you need to purchase their antivirus software to fix your PC. In this example, this popup will NOT be from the antivirus you currently have.

Your Computer is Now Extremely Slow

Another sign of a virus is that your computer was very peppy and all of the sudden it has become so slow that it is almost unusable. This could be another problem for sure, but a likely issue is that a virus or malware has taken over your computer.

Constant Weird Behavior

Another common sign of a virus or malware is constant weird behavior. Weird behavior can be a lot of things. Some examples include programs constantly opening that you haven’t opened, you keep losing control of the mouse/keyboard, when trying to browse the Internet you keep getting redirected to random sites, etc. All of these plus more are signs that a virus or malware has infected your PC.

These are the most common signs of a virus or malware. Also, keep in mind that a virus can be something that you don’t see as well. Some malware tries to stay hidden on purpose so you don’t detect it. It will stay hidden and try to spy on you to get sensitive information such as passwords and financial information.

A Virus can be nasty and that is why it is important to have a good anti-virus program installed. You should also keep the anti-virus definitions up to date and you also need to keep your operating system up to date as well.

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