Do I Have a Virus?
Do you think you may have a virus? Here are a few signs that you may in fact have viruses or malware on your computer:
- Your computer does things without your interaction. Windows may pop up on your screen when you aren’t even touching your computer. This is a sign of a virus.
- Unknown security software launches and tells you that you have viruses. Typically they will want to scan your computer, and then they want you to pay $x.xx to fix the infection. This is a sign of a virus, and paying them will not fix your problem. Do not enter any credit card information if you get this type of popup.
- Clicking a link on the internet takes you to a site other than where you intended to go. These are termed "Re-Direct" viruses. They will take you to sites you probably do not want to visit.
- Your computer has slowed down significantly. Viruses are programs, and they use your system resources. They can have a dramatic effect on the overall speed of your computer.
- Programs close automatically when you are using them, or programs will not open at all.
- You have suddenly lost internet access. Some viruses will alter your internet settings so that you cannot get online to remove them.
- Your computer runs just fine while not online, but slows dramatically when you plug in your Ethernet connection.
- Your desktop icons have changed in size or your desktop has a different background than normal.
These are a few of the typical signs you have a virus on your computer, but there are many more symptoms depending on the type of infection. It is important to have anti-virus software on your computer, and just as important is to keep that software up to date.
If you do have any of these symptoms, and your current anti-virus cannot fix your problem, take it to a local computer repair shop that performs virus removal.