Viruses used to be merely a joke or a prank, but they have since evolved into serious threats, most of them now try to steal from you. Most viruses are completely hidden. They silently infect while trying to steal your passwords, credit card numbers, bank account information, and your identity.
What does a computer virus do?
Some computer viruses are programmed to harm your computer by damaging programs, deleting files, or even reformatting the hard drive. Others simply replicate themselves or flood a network with traffic, making it impossible to perform any online activities. Even less harmful computer viruses can significantly disrupt your system’s performance, sapping computer memory and causing frequent computer crashes.
Symptoms of A Virus Infection
- Your computer running slower than it usually does.
- Your computer is constantly locking up or “freezing.”
- You’re receiving messages from an anti-virus program that you never installed.
- Programs are not functioning as they should be.
- Your computer crashes or restarts every few seconds/minutes.
- Internet websites load slower than they usually do.
- You cannot print items correctly.
- Unusual messages are popping up on your screen.
- An antivirus program is disabled for no reason, or cannot be started.
- Many additional symptoms not listed here
If your computer is infected
If your computer is infected with a virus, turn it off and seek professional service. Don’t try to fix it yourself because many viruses hide and also multiply. Virus removal is not an easy task, it is easy to miss something and still have an unsecured computer. Don’t put off virus removal and keep using it, a compromised computer puts you and others online at risk.
After virus removal
The very next thing I do is a tune-up, new antivirus, a security audit, and review of your backup strategy.
What else can you do? Stay patched. Keep your operating system and software up to date. Make sure your anti-virus is active and up to date. Be sure to sign up for our scheduled refresh tune-ups. Avoid opening attachments you weren’t expecting, or from people you don’t know well. Watch out for threats from infected web sites that show a pop up asking you to install a fake ‘Flash player’, ‘Video player’, or ‘Java update’ containing a Trojan downloader with actual malware viruses. Never click on a download offer for anything that pops up on any web site. Not even a trusted site like Facebook. If you see one, it is best to just close the web browser. Protect your important files: make regular backups, and store them somewhere safe, preferably offline.