Here is on of the scenario that can happen with anyone using computer, you start seeing a pop-up on your computer while working on something and then you start to wonder and ask a question to yourself.
“Does my computer have a virus?”
Unfortunately your answer to your question may be yes, you have viruses in your computer, all of a sudden your computer is compromised with viruses or some next gen malware in it. Now you wonder what you can do in order to get rid of these infections from your computer.
This is one of the many warning signs that show your PC might suffer from a malware infection. There are more of them you need to be aware of and understand, so you can quickly act.
In this article, we’ll show you the most frequent warning signs of malware infection and what can you do about it.
Use these quick links to easily navigate and see some of the most common warning signs displayed on a computer:
- Your computer has been slowing down
- Annoying adds are displayed
- Your computer Crashes
- Pop-up messages
- Internet traffic suspiciously increases
- Your browser homepage changed without your input
- Unusual messages show unexpectedly.
- Your security solution is disabled
- Your friends say they receive strange messages from you
- Unfamiliar icons are displayed on your desktop
- Unusual error messages
- You can’t access the Control Panel
- Everything seems to work perfectly on your PC
- You get the error on the browser
- You get suspicious shortcut files
Scenario 1: “Computer applications run slow and it takes long time to start them”
If your are dealing with this situation this could mean that you have viruses in your computer, in-fact it is very common activity of malware to slow down your computer so it can perform its background tasks by distracting you with slow speed. We would all agree how frustrating it is to use slow computer and malware capitalize itself by triggering fake ads about slow computer.
What can you do?
First off, you must check the causes to know what is going on with your computer to better understand the problem.
Here are some of the most common causes that slow down your PC:
- Your system’s RAM memory is low and might be caused by the number of heavy apps you’re currently using. Windows Task Manageris a great tool to look for programs which use the most of your RAM memory. Press CTRL+SHIFT+ESX simultaneously on your PC, Task Manager will open and will open a list of your current apps you have open;
- You are running out of storage space on your hard disk, so you need to check out all your files and documents stored there and do a cleaning;
- If This behavior happens when you’re browsing the Internet, so you should check your browser’s Settings,then clear your browsing data;
- A fragmented system which means that the storage space is used inefficiently and reduces your PC’s performance;
- You haven’t installed Windows Update or using out of date device drivers
After you have thoroughly verified these possible causes, and all seems to work just fine, you should start considering a possibility of a potential malware infection. Use these tips to help you optimize and speed up your Windows operating system.
Scenario 2: “Keep getting annoying ads that open randomly or strange messages on computer screen”
Unexpected pop-ups which appear on your screen are a typical sign of a malware infection in your computer. This form of malware is known as spyware and is designed to collect and steal users’ sensitive data without their knowledge.
In this particular case, the main issue is not only created by numerous pop-up in your computer however when these pop-ups appear without well defined exit button it makes it very difficult to remove them. Also presence of spyware causes issues related to loss of personal information present in computer and it is delivered to bad guys making this spyware.
These popups are not only annoying however they come bundled with a lot of other threats when you click on them. Usually the objective of these malware infections is to penetrate deep in your system files and steal information, show deceptive ads on your screen leading to massive privacy compromise or identity theft on your computer.
A good idea to get rid of these spyware would be to try some freely available malware removal tools, however if you are not too computer savvy you might end up into situations where these malware will win against you in the battle. You can contact Tech Support for the same where you can get skilled technicians who can certainly guarantee to assist you get rid of malware completely.
Also, to better keep your computer away from malicious threats, make sure you take these precautions:
- Do not click on pop-up windows
- Don’t answer unsolicited emails or messages
- Be very careful when you are trying to download free applications from various websites
Use this guide that includes useful steps that will make the removal process easier and more effective, as well as your Internet navigation hassle-free.
Scenario 3: “My laptop keeps crashing when I watch YouTube videos or play games. It simply freezes, then a blue screen shows up”
I have faced this error, it was quite frustrating, while watching video computer use to freeze, and then eventually lead to BSOD(Blue screen of death). Later it use to tell me that windows is recovering from an unexpected shut down.
Are you familiar with this error, Right?
There are two things that cause this type of issue:
- You may have potential incompatibility issue between your software and/or hardware.
- Or it is malware issue
If you suspect technical problem, it may lead to this:
Are programs running in your computer in conflict? Are there any junk registry keys which have not been removed that led to system crash?
Junk registry keys are pieces of data information that has been left after uninstalling several programs from your computer. They don’t take any appreciable space than few bytes on hard drive however a single error in registry value may lead to severe impacton your computer functionality.
How to fix this:
You can use Registry Editor (Regedit.exe) that can be opened from cortana search or try typing in Run box, however this it can have daunting consequences if you accidently delete some required registry key.
My personal recommendation is to go for a cleaning session with an expert tech to help you make changes in registry. Or you can also use program like cc cleaner which is free(Two versions of this tool have been compromised by malicious actors however ccleaner is safe now)
First of all, Install CCcleaner program, click the Registry icon(as seen in image below.), you can select the items you want to delete, then Scan for issues and a list of potential issues will be shown. After that review the list and then click fix selected issues to fix Registry issues.
- For malware infection: Run a complete scan of your computer with a good antivurus program. If you want to use which antivirus is best you can always research online about them, however our personal favourates have been mcafee, Norton power eraser and trojan remover It is always a good idea to rely on another layer of security on top of antivirus already installed in your computer. Better ti proactively fight against online threats and block them.
If your programs or system crash constantly or the infamous BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) appears often, it’s a clear warning that your system is not working properly, and you should look into it.
There are two things that can cause this issue:
- You could be dealing with a technical issue caused by a potential incompatibility between your software and/or hardware
- Or it may be a malware issue.
If you suspect a technical issue, multiple software problems may lead to this.
Scenario 4: “ You started getting popup message you are running out of disk space on windows (C:)”
If you receive this warning message, it means that there is no space left on that priticular partition, in this case it is Windows partition (c:)
The cause? Here’s what Microsoft has to say about this:
This behavior can occur if the free disk space on your computer has dropped below the low disk space notification threshold associated with the Disk Cleanup utility.
How do I fix this?
You should keep check of your physical storage space regularly, if you have noticed that some files have disappeared or changed their names. Also make sure, you delete all unnecessary files form your computer that can slow your computer performance.
This could be another sign of malware, there are so many of them, all of them use different methods to fill hard drive space and cause computer crash.
Scenario 5: “For an while, every time I start my PC, I notice that the Internet traffic suspiciously increases”
If you see this message on your computer, chances are that there is an unusually high network usage activity on your computer, and is one of the strongest sign on Malware infection.
There are cases when computer is not connected through internet browser, and there is no program that may conntect to internet or online servers to download or upload data, but high network activity is still observed.
What can I do?
You can check for one of the following:
- the last Windows update for your computer?
- is there any program or application that’s downloading any data?
- is there any update for a certain app running at this moment?
- is there a large download that you started and forgot about, which may still be running in the background?
if your answer to the questions above is NO, then you should check where all internet traffic is going. Here is how to do that:
- Monitor your networkand detect hidden threats by using one of these programs: Wireshark, o fiddler.
- Check for a malware infection, use a good antivirus and fully scan your computer.
- If you suspect your computer is infected by a dangerous financial malware, we recommend you calling Specilized malware rescue team available at 1877 274 5865 Toll free.
Scenario 6: “Your homepage has been changed and you have not changed it yourself”
if you have noticed unusual behavior or a new toolbar that you have not installed or you are being reditected to different web address than the one you intent to access, can be a sign of potential malware infection.
It usually happen when you visit a website and you have accidently clicked on a link or pop-up window. This has triggered unwanted software to download and install on your device. The effects are not only annoying however this malicious behavior of Browser Hijack can compromise your data, your login passwords for emails and oher online services like facebook. Sometimes to even add on to the mixture malware also adds some sort of annoying sound to your browser,
What to do?
Run a complete scan with your security solution (an antivirus or proactive security solution) as soon as possible. Why? There kind of threats do not go away easily, however will require skilled intervention. You can contact malware rescue team by calling 1800 274 5965.
Scenario 7: “Your computer is acting weird because you get unusual messages that appear unexpectedly.”
I have seen these warnings before! That’s usually the type of warning message that makes you wonder “What’s going on with my computer?”
Here are some frequent warning signs to watch out!
- Suddenly you see programs opening and closing automatically
- your Windows OS is shutting down unexpectedly, without any reason
- you’ve noticed strange windows when your PC tries to boot
- Windows tells you that you’ve lost access to some of your drives.
Root cause of this may be technical issue, however this can also be sign on malware has taken over your computer and is slowing down its activity.
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How to mitigate the impact of a malware infection?
Follow these steps:
- Keep your Windows system up to date
- Scan your computer with an antivirus solution
- Install a proactive security program to enhance your computer’s protection
- Consider reinstalling your operating system.
Scenario 8: “you use antivirus protection product and you still keep getting the message that (protection is disabled)>”
If you have noticed that your antivirus program doesn’t seem to work anymore or the updates are disabled, then you should check out immediately ways to fix antivirus.
Do you know some types of malware are really clever and can disable your security solution?
Well, yes, they are designed to leave users without any line of defense and vulnerable. If you have already tried to troubleshoot your antivirus solution and all in vein then you should consider the malware scenario.
This is especially the case, because it’s a known fact that traditional antivirus solutions can’t easily detect, block or remove next-gen and advanced malware (such as ransomware, adware or financial malware). Thus, you can get exposed to all kind of attacks, and we strongly recommend enhancing your protection by adding multiple layers of protection.
Scenario 9: “Your friends tell you that they have been receiving messages from you on Facebook, and you haven’t sent them”
If your friends recently got several strange messages/email or suspicious links from you, and you didn’t send them, then it is likely that you have been infected with malware. Here’s a good example of malware spreading via Facebook Messanger and tricking users into clicking on links that they have received from their friend.
But first, check your online account and see if these messages were sent from one of your accounts. If something like this has happened, take immediate action and logout from your online accounts immediately, and follow these security measures.
- Log out from all your accounts.For most of our online accounts, we log into multiple devices and we often forget to log out. So, make sure to log out from your online accounts on all connected devices.
- Use unique and strong passwords for all your online accounts. Always remember to change passwords for your online accounts! NEVER usethe same password(s) for multiple accounts, because if you are hacked, all your accounts will be exposed and lose valuable data stolen. Start using two-factor authentication RIGHT NOW. Do you want to increase your control over your accounts’ security? Then add this layer of security,although it Is a bit painful to enter passcode everytime you login however it is much better way of keeping yourself secure online.
Scenario 10: “There are these new, yet unfamiliar icons on my desktop that you don’t recognize”
If you’ve been noticing unknown and new icons on your PC, you most likely downloaded by accident these sneaky programs called PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs). They are malicious programs that can cause lot of damage and expose you to data leakage, display annoying ads, or pop-ups on screen, or add toolbars to browser, change your home page.
Scenario 11: “Sometimes you see unusual error messages displayed on my computer”
An error message like this one could indicate that there’s a bug in your system that needs to be fixed, or it could be a warning sign of malware infection. These types of error messages showing missing or corrupt files folders suggest that your PC has been compromised and its performance is affected, which makes it run slowly.
How to fix this:
Do a full scan of your computer and see if any viruses are detected. Also make sure you have latest windows updates installed on your computer and you have latest security patches, application patches and drivers installed.
If you are facing this issue and your Comtrol Panel does not open, itmeans that you have some technical problem in your computer and is not functioning properly.
How to fix this?
The first thing you should so is scan your computer with antivirus software. Then, see if you can open Control Panel in Safe Mode. It could also be another sign that your computer is exposed to some sort of cyber attack.
You can call Malware rescue Team at 1877 274 5865 Toll Free
Scenario 13: “Everything seems to work perfectly on my PC. Are any chances to be paranoid and still check out for malware?”
When it is about data security, yes you should worry about Malware, as some Malware work silently in background and seal information. It is also recommended to scan your computer regularly, with a good antivirus program. Always install Windows Update as soon as they are available, keep all your applications patched with latest security patches, and drivers updated.
Scenario 14: “Your laptop is working very slow and sometimes it gives the <Flash not working> error on the browser”
We received the above message from one of our readers.
If you get this message too on your laptop or PC, it might be a good idea to disable Flash and try another alternative. Flash has lots of vulnerabilities ,
Regardless of your browser used, (Firefox, Opera, Chrome) this could be a warning sign that your computer is malware-infected.
Here are a few useful tips that could come in handy:
- Keep your Windows up to date, Have a full scan of all your files and apps installed on your PC using an Aantivirussolution, to see if it detects any malware
- Consider installing a proactive security solution to enhance protection for your computer and keep malware and other online threats at away.
- Also, make sure you reboot your PC if you haven’t performed this task in a while.
- Have a look at the Task Manager function and see what programs run in the background that could slow down your PC performance. It helps you get an overview of what apps and program take space and how much.
- Make sure you have the latest version of Adobe Flash installed, but if you don’t have it, download it from hereand follow the instructions. Remember to restart the computer after this procedure.
- If you no longer want to have the Flash Player app on your computer, you can follow these easy stepsand uninstall it.
Scenario 15: “You used an external USB drive and when You connected it to your computer, it was infected by a virus and suddenly all the files turned into shortcuts.”
Here’s another warning sign showing your computer could be infected with malware. If you used an external USB drive or another external flash drive to copy information without scanning it before, this could explain the appearance of those shortcut files.
If all your images, files, and other documents show up as shortcut files and are not accessible, they could be infected with malware. These malicious files can compromise all your data from the computer, rename your files and create a lot of chaos and hassle.
How to fix this?
If your files have been compromised, here are some useful tips and security measures to take:
- Scan your flash drive with antivirus and if it detects any infections you can delete it. If no infection is detected you can format the flash drive completely.
- Use the Command Prompt (cmd) on a Windows machine, while the USB drive is plug into your device. To access it, go to the Start menu, type in “Cmd”, press “enter”, and you’ll see the “cmd.exe” under a list of programs. Click on it and you will be directed to the Windows command line from where you can recover the virus-infected files and get repair. The process may take a while, but it will clean up your More details can be found here
- Make sure you add multiple layers of security and consider using a proactive security solution to strengthen your protection.
Can you avoid malware infections?
Yes, you definitely can, if you’re paying close attention to these early malware infection signs and prevent them from happening. Make sure your operating system, browsers, and plugins are always up to date, because keeping your software patched can keep online criminals at bay.