1. Bizarre error messages: Look for pop up messages that seem to come from nowhere, ones that make no sense, or are poorly worded. Check to see if the message is about a program that you don't even have. Pay attention to anti-virus warnings also; take note if the warning is from your (or our) anti-virus software. If a message pops up that does not look quite right...DON'T click on it. Do not even clear or cancel the message. Close the browser or completely shut down the computer.
2. Sudden deactivated anti-virus/malware protection: Certain viruses are programmed to take out the security systems first, leaving you open to infection. If you reboot and your protections still aren’t working, you are more than likely under attack. Attempt to start the anti-virus manually and you’ll know for sure.
3. Social media messages you didn’t send: Are your friends replying to messages you never wrote? Your login details might have been hacked and your friends may now also be of risk. Change your password immediately and advise your friends of the hack.
4. Web browser acting up: Has your homepage changed? Is it opening or redirecting you to unwanted sites? If your browser seems to have a mind of it's own, you probably have a virus.
5. Sluggish performance: Is your computer slow? Does it take forever to boot up? Mouse not moving right? Something is wrong but not necessarily a virus. Run your anti-virus scan and if that resolves it, great. If not, your computer likely needs a tune-up or quickie repair.
6. Constant computer activity: You’re off the computer but the hard drive is going nuts, the fans are whirring, and the network lights are flashing. It’s almost like someone IS using the computer! Viruses and malware attacks use your computer resources, sometimes even more than you do.
Got a virus or any of the issues above? Give us a call at 937-660-4899 for a clean up and to discuss our Virus Free Protection Service.