The specific symptoms and the impact to your computer system all depends on exactly what type of virus your computer is infected with; in fact in some cases your computer may not show any signs at all! In that case, how on earth are you supposed to be able to keep track of your computer’s health?
Types of viruses
Before we get to that, it’s important to understand how viruses have evolved. Way back in the day if your computer was infected by a virus, all of your files, your favorite music, your holiday snaps, your important bank documents, all of it would disappear, mysteriously deleted forever from your hard drive. Now, there aren’t just traditional viruses, there are Trojans, worms, spyware, adware, ransomware and lots of other ‘wares’. In fact there are so many, the industry has termed these ‘wares’ malware. Types of malware are constantly evolving and growing, this is one of the many reasons why BullGuard also stresses the importance of keeping your software up to date, especially when it comes to your security programs.
With so many different types of malware, you might be sitting there thinking “how on earth am I going to remember the symptoms for so many different types of infections?” Have no fear! BullGuard is here! Through our extensive knowledge of fighting and protecting against malware infections, we’ve taken a look at the most common symptoms across the whole gamut of viruses.
4 signs that may indicate you have a virus infection
To make it easy for you, we’ve identified 4 different signs that should act as red flags to you that something is not right with your computer.
1. Things stop working
What do you do when your computer acts up? Something freezes, or is misbehaving? If you’re anything like most computer users, you simply hit Ctrl + Alt +Del. How annoying is it when you try that and nothing happens? Maybe you head to the Start Menu or the Hard Drive icon next, and nothing happens, you right click all over the screen and start hitting keys, but to no avail. It can be extremely frustrating! That right there my friend is a BIG clue that a virus is messing with you and your computer. Your best bet is to turn it off, turn it back on again, and get some BullGuard Internet Security action going on immediately.
2. Things run just fine
On the flip side, everything can be running just fine but malware could be running quietly in the background, slowly stealing information preparing to wreak havoc on your life. You could be sending spam to friends, stealing passwords or sensitive files. You may never know. That’s why BullGuard recommends running a monthly scan, sometimes you just need to call in the experts to keep an eye on things that are otherwise undetectable!
3. Pop-Ups are everywhere
It used to be that you’d always come across pop-ups as you surfed the world wide web, but these days with modern browsers coming standard with pop-up blocks it’s no longer par for the course. If you’re seeing pop-ups more than normal, it could be a sign. A badly-configured browser can result in the occasional pop-up, but if you’re getting them even when your browser isn’t open, you’ve got some adware or spyware on your hands.
4. Mysterious messages
Getting emails from friends where they don’t quite sound like themselves? Noticing posts on your Facebook page that you didn’t write? You’re infected. This type of malware tends to work by creating messages or emails with a link that is so tempting, you, your friends and family just can’t help but want to click it. Typically they’ll lure you in with ‘never seen before’ celebrity photo’s and things like that. A good way to stay one step ahead of this type of malware is to change your email and social media account passwords frequently.
Perhaps the most dangerous feature of modern malware is its ability to spread, and to do so extremely quickly. With all of our devices and computers being constantly connected to the internet, it’s easy for viruses to spread from computer to computer.
On top of getting a reliable and trusted security software program on your side, there are 3 best practice rules that you should all be playing by:
- Always make sure your antivirus is up to date
- Never download an email attachment or click on a link unless you know exactly what it is, and you know who it is from
- Back-up your computer to an external hard-drive, this can dramatically reduce the impact of a virus infection if done regularly