Approximately 34% of businesses are unable to access their data and systems for over a week after suffering a malware attack. This can severely hamper productivity and lead to financial losses.
Malware is a broad term that encompasses many different types of malicious code. It can include:
- Key loggers
The more time that malware remains on your system without being detected, the more harm it can cause. Many forms of malware are programmed to spread to as many systems as possible, so if it is not removed immediately, one infected computer could easily infect ten more computers on the same network.
The early detection of an infected device is crucial in order to disconnect it from your network and have it cleaned by a professional.
Be on the lookout for these key signs of malware infection so you can take action and reduce your risk.
STRANGE POPUPS ON YOUR DESKTOP
Some forms of malware can mimic legitimate programs, such as antivirus apps or warranty notices, in order to trick users into clicking on them. Hackers may use this technique to gain access to a user’s device or personal information.
If you see a “renew your antivirus” subscription alert or a warranty renewal that looks suspicious, it could be a sign that your PC has been infected with adware or another type of malware.
NEW SLUGGISH BEHAVIOR
Your computer may be slowing down for a variety of reasons, including having too many browser tabs open at once or running a memory-intensive program. However, you will usually be aware of your computer and the types of things that can make it run slowly.
If you notice any out-of-the-ordinary sluggish behavior, it could be an infection. For example, if you experience freezing while only having a simple app like notepad open, this could be a sign of an infection.
When malware is running in the background, it can often consume system resources and cause your system to become sluggish.
YOUR BROWSER HOME PAGE IS REDIRECTED
If you find that your web browser’s homepage has been changed without your knowledge or permission, it is advisable to scan your computer for malware as soon as possible. This is because homepage redirects are a common tactic used by various types of malware.
The malware will infect your system and change the system settings for your default browser home page. This may lead you to a site containing popup ads or to another type of phishing site.
Just trying to change your homepage back in your settings won’t fix the situation. It’s important to have the malware removed.
YOU RUN ACROSS CORRUPTED FILES
If you open a file and find it corrupted, this is a serious issue that could indicate that ransomware or another form of malware has infected your system.
While files can occasionally become corrupt for other reasons, this is a serious issue that deserves a thorough malware scan if you see it.
“PROCESSING SOUNDS” WHEN THERE SHOULDN’T BE
The vast majority of us are intimately familiar with the tell-tale thinking sounds our computer emits when processing something memory intensive. Usually, we’ll hear a type of whirring noise that ceases once the activity is completed.
If you start hearing a processing sound when you’re not doing anything intense on your computer, it could be a sign that malware is running in the background.
GET EXPERT MALWARE SCANNING & REMOVAL
Free online malware and virus scans aren’t very reliable. Instead, contact us on 01543 889 444 so we can ensure your entire system is cleaned properly.