8 Signs To Know If Your Computer is Infected by Malware

8 Signs To Know If Your Computer is Infected by Malware

If you are one of them who think that installing an Antivirus will assure your computer safety, security and privacy then you must read this entire article.

There are plenty of threats and Malwares lurking around this dark and fancy world of internet and ICTE. Think again, about theI love you” malware which shattered the world in year 2000. Don’t you think all millions of computer would be using the strong malware protection system.

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There are lots and tons of malware scattered around the web on internet, seeking for the victim to hunt them down. Malwares, which are smart enough to camouflage themselves against most powerful and advanced Anti-virus system and software.


Malware

There are lots and tons of malware scattered around the web on internet, seeking for the victim to hunt them down. Malwares, which are smart enough to camouflage themselves against most powerful and advanced Anti-virus system and software.

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Chances are your computer can get attacked by these Malware at any moment. Fortunately, if you are smart enough then you can find out yourself if your computer is infected by any Malware or not.

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All you need is to look for these symptoms carefully on your computer and you can protect yourself before the things go weird.

8 Anomalies indicates your Computer is Affected by Malware.


1. Sudden Decrease in Speed

Malware-attack cause slow computer
Malware-attack cause slow computer

If you are a normal user and you notice a sudden decrease in speed in your computer process, your computer may be affected of Malware, Slow boot time, low data transfer rate and drop in internet browsing speed and websites taking too long to respond even on a high speed network are the signals of a malware attack.

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2.Application taking too long to open

Slow Application process Malware attack
Slow Application process Malware attack

If your application taking too long to open or respond to your instruction than usual to start or reports an error, chances are your computer might be attacked by malware. However, in most of cases it can be caused by several reasons but in case of Malware attacked this is a common signal. 

3.Frequent or unexplained Pop-us

Frequent or unexplained Pop-us_ a sign of Malware infection
Frequent or unexplained Pop-us_ a sign of Malware infection

Google has announced recently that they are working on blocking these annoying pop-up ads, but if you notice a frequent pop-up in middle of your work, while browsing on internet. It might be a strong signal a Malware infection. So, to protect yourself against such attacks, its a good idea to keep an eye on these pop-up ads. And think about getting rid of these pop-Up ads

4.Firewalls and Antiviruses get disabled on its own

 

If you have a doubt of a Malware attack on your computer its better you keep track on the activity of your Firewalls and Antivirus. If you find any abnormalities in the activity of firewall and antivirus software, it may be a signal of Malware attack.

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5. Fake Security suggestion and application

malware attacks causes such Fake Security suggestion and application
malware attacks causes such Fake Security suggestion and application

You might have encountered a pop-up explaining why you should install a powerful application as you computer is infected. In most of cases this pop-up will also suggest you the software you should install. RAM Cleaner, Disk Cleaner etc. are the example.

6. Sites keep redirecting

A malware attack keeps redirecting your webpage to spammy links
A malware attack keeps redirecting your webpage to spammy links Image source: https://securelist.com

If your browser redirects you to some strange pages , your Search result return you a strange search engine results, it may be a strong signal of Malware attack you might want to check recently installed Add-on or extension which may be from some external sources and are a huge source of Malware bots.

7. Unusual drain in Internet traffic 

Unusual drain in Internet traffic indicates a Malware attack
Unusual drain in Internet traffic indicates a Malware attack

You are suggested to keep an eye on the traffic of your computer at the idle situation. If your system is affected with a Malware, they usually use your bandwidth to download some malicious files and keep uploading your data to some unknown location in the back end. Install some real time traffic monitor on your computer which will help you to keep track of your Bandwidth.

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8. Lots of Unknown Shortcut

Malware infection_Lots of Unknown Shortcut
Malware infection_Lots of Unknown Shortcut

Have you ever encountered a shortcut Malware? A malware which causes this shortcut happen. You will find plenty of shortcuts of your folders and application been created automatically. These Malware are being carried and spread by removable devices. So, Next time you enter any external USB storage device to your computer you are advised to think  twice.

As these Malware are so hard to get rid of , and often ends up data correction and in order to get all thing on track you need to delete and format everything on your computer. BE AWARE!! 

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A. R. Krishna

I.T. Professional completed my B.E. , a blogger Enthusiast, Software developer, and a ICT freelancer. While working as freelancer I have worked with some great people and agencies that taught me lots of things.

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