Signs of a Malware Infection and How to Get Rid of It
Everyone knows about computer malware. Today, there are hundreds of thousands of malware such as viruses, Trojans, internet worms, spyware, adware, ransomware, keystroke loggers, etc., in existence.
Some malware such as the WannaCry ransomware made headlines worldwide for its adverse impact on businesses across the globe. Many people have heard about malware that fill the computer screen with popup ads or delete files in the computer.
Unlike primitive computer viruses which tend to delete your hard disk, corrupt files on your system, or display annoying popup messages; malware, today, are used for cyber-vandalism, cyber espionage, hacktivism, cyber warfare and other nefarious activities.
If your computer has malware, you have probably fallen for some internet scam. Each malware has its own functionality and methods to infect computers. We must know the symptoms of different malware.
There are some telltale signs that will let you know about the presence of malware on your computer. Once you are aware of it, you can take immediate action against it. Here are some of the common malware symptoms
#Suspicious Modem and Hard Drive Activity
If you notice excessive hard drive activity (you can check this via the Task Manager) while no programs are currently running or if your external internet modem is always lit, then you should scan your computer for malware.
#Unwanted Changes To Your Browser
Some malware as the tendency to change browser settings especially homepage setting. This is to redirect you to dubious websites containing even more potent malware. If your system gets infected with malware, you may discover changes in some or all of your browser settings. Your browser homepages may have been set to websites that you have never visited. This is a sign of malware infection.
If you notice a slowdown in computer performance, it may be due to malware running in the background. If your system has malware, you may notice frequent system crashes and freezes as well. In fact, opening various applications and windows is also time-consuming. All these are indicative of the presence of malware in your computer.
If your computer displays popup ads that contain inappropriate content, are difficult to close, and have flashing colors, it is a clear sign of malware infection.
Apart from the signs mentioned above, malware can change the names of your system files. It can also execute applications that will transfer your files from one folder to another. Some malware can even completely wipe your data stored on the computer.
It's always better to know how malware affects your computer so you can take precautionary steps. Regardless of whether or not your computer has experienced these symptoms, it’s always better to perform regular malware scans on your computer to ensure your business is safe.
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