Is my PC infected?

There are many types of digital attacks, some lock your data until you pay a rensom (ransomware), some record all the keys you press in order to steal your credit card number and your accounts’ passwords (keylogger), but most of them collect information about you (spyware). This information can then be used for personalized attacks via email or phone to take money from you. Furthermore, all this information will always be at the disposal of hackers, anytime they will need it.

These days, one of the most popular malware are used for crypto-mining.

In a nutshell, the process that keeps a virtual currency alive is called crypto-minig. Those who do this, are rewarded with some virtual money that can be used to buy different things or exchange them for physical money. For this reason, hackers have created many malware that can use your computer to mine money for them.

Why my computer is slow?

Any computer will get slower with time because users install more and more apps that also become more complex and need more resources to run. Also, a computer needs to always store some data to work properly. Because of those repetitive actions, inevitably some small errors will appear, but with enough time they can make the operating system sluggish. This problem is less frequent with solid state drives.

If you notice a sudden slowdown, this can signal a virus or a hardware problem. In this article we will discuss only about the first one and what are the solutions to get rid of viruses.

How to check my computer for viruses?

The first step is to use the antivirus you have installed to scan your computer. If you don’t have any, there are some very good and free options you can try: AVG Free, Bitdefender Free, Avast Free, or even Windows Defender that comes bundled with the newer versions of Windows like 8, 8.1, 10.

While for the most part using a classic antivirus is efficient enough, there are some advanced viruses, created to avoid detection and it’s recommended to enter Safe Mode and scan your PC again. The probability of still having viruses is high if you notice one or more of the following problems:

  • Your computer is very slow
  • Annoying adds appear on your desktop
  • Your browser’s startpage is different than what you had before
  • New software appears suddenly without installing it
  • You can’t access Control Panel
  • Your antivirus is disabled, or you can’t enable it
  • Your friends receive strange emails from you

What can I do in this situation?

You will have to download an anti-malware which is specialized in removing different types of viruses than the apps mentioned earlier. It’s called Malwarebytes and can be downloaded from here HERE. It is free for manual scans, but you must pay for real time protection. Also, this app is great for removing crypto-mining malware from your computer.

How often should I check my comuter for viruses?

Antiviruses have the ability to always protect your computer without your input, but it’s still recommended to regularly do a full scan, especially if you have recently visited strange web-pages or installed questionable software.

If you have followed the steps above, but there are still problems, ask a specialist for help because probably there is something else wrong.

All the solutions above are easy to follow and make a real difference in regard to the security of your data.

 

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