If you are looking for the top signs you have a virus or spyware related problem, you have come to the right place! We are going to go to the extreme to give you an idea of the top ways to know if you are infected by a virus or some type of spyware or other malware. (Stay tuned for future blog posts that explain the differences between spyware, trojans, rootkits, and more!) For now, if any of the below apply to you or your computer, you need to be careful!
● Strange Sounds – If your computer suddenly starts singing strange songs or telling you that you’re a winner – in English or another language – it is a good sign that something may be amiss on your computer.
● You MUST Act NOW! – While you shouldn’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today, if your computer suddenly insists that you must purchase this or that immediately, you may have what is called adware, a type of computer virus.
● Strange Searches – If you type in a search at Google or Yahoo and are always taken to search results for something else – or search results with a lot of hidden ads – you may have spyware on your computer.
● Popping Everywhere – If you have pop-unders, pop-overs, slide-overs, pop-unders and every other type of annoying ad coming up when you try to surf the Internet or check your mail, you may have a nasty spyware virus.
● Slow as a Sloth – If your computer takes more than a couple minutes to boot up, taking minutes or hours to load all the programs in the taskbar – you may have quite a few nasties slowing you down.
● Smoke Appears – Seriously, if smoke appears from your computer, something is seriously wrong. Unplug it immediately and seek help!
● Phone Bill Increase – If you notice strange charges on your mobile phone bill, you may have been hit by some type of virus that signs you up for a monthly membership program without you knowing about it.
● Calls from Russia – If your phone rings frequently and Boris keeps demanding that you upgrade your computer protection software, you may have been hit by a virus that stole your personal information.
● You’re a Winner – If your computer or laptop suddenly announces that you are a winner of a lottery, sweepstakes or some other type of contest – and you haven’t entered – you should be suspicious!
● MISSING – If you find files, folders or other data missing on your computer, you may be infected. Sometimes with a lot of files and so much storage available, it’s difficult to notice when things go missing.
In all seriousness, if your computer is running slow or you suddenly have a new homepage or worse, you may have a virus. The good news is that these days there are many great ways to stay safe online. Stay turned for further computer blog posts about staying safe online and dealing with a virus or spyware if you happen to get it. The process for removing a virus and keeping your computer safe becomes easier the more you deal with the problem. If you spend any amount of time online daily or even just weekly, you need to make sure you take the steps necessary to stay safe online.