The tell-tale signs of a malware-infected computer

The tell-tale signs of a malware-infected computer

Imagine working on an important project due in a few hours when ads suddenly start popping up on your computer screen. You try to keep calm until one question comes to mind: “Has a virus infected my computer?” We don’t want to be the bearer of bad news, but it most likely has. These annoying pop-ups are a form of malware called spyware that are designed to harvest financial information, passwords, usernames, and more. Fortunately, there are plenty of free spyware removal programs to eliminate these frustrating ads.

This scenario might be a business owner’s worst nightmare, but since it’s always malware season for computers, it should be expected (and prevented). Unfortunately, this is just one of the many telltale signs of an infected computer. Read on to know other common indicators and the steps to overcome it.

Your laptop keeps crashing.

Have you ever found yourself staring at a piercing blue screen after your laptop has crashed? Fortunately, you are not alone. This has happened so many times that users have coined it as the Blue Screen of Death (BSOD).

Two reasons could have caused this: technical issue or malware attack. Get through this by clicking on the Troubleshoot button and entering Safe Mode. After a few minutes, your computer will restart, notify you that "Windows has not shut down properly,” and then allow you to start Windows normally again. In case you’re still glaring at a blue screen, repeat the process, and run an antivirus scan to disarm any malicious software.

If the Blue Screen of Death is still mocking you, it’s time to give our technicians here at PC Lan Techs a call. We’ll resolve technical issues and set up robust cybersecurity defenses to make sure this annoying blue screen won’t ever bother you again.

Your antivirus program is suddenly disabled.

Have you noticed that the update module on your antivirus software got disabled on its own or the entire program doesn’t work anymore? If so, a glitch or a malware could be the reason. Try rebooting your computer and opening the antivirus software again. If this doesn’t work, consider the possibility of an infection.

Let’s face it, there are advanced malware strains nowadays that can disable your cybersecurity defenses to avoid detection. These threats are so powerful that traditional antivirus solutions won’t work, so the only way to remove them is to get one of our licensed technicians involved. We will set up multiple layers of defenses for ultimate protection.

Everything seems to be okay.

Don’t you ever think you’re just being paranoid for always checking up on your computer since it seems to be working perfectly? Don’t worry, there is nothing wrong about being too careful when it comes to data protection, even if your PC is running normally. Cybercriminals are resourceful and can now conceal malware in the most unpredictable spots, leaving no signs of an infected PC.

Your computer may be working flawlessly but an infected bot could just be silently waiting for instructions to access and gather your confidential data. So don’t be ashamed of being too cautious, especially with the growing threat of cyberattacks.

PC Lan Techs specialists know how stressful and terrifying it can be to discover that your work computers have been compromised. Cleaning up the mess will be no easy feat either, so make sure to get all the fact before upgrading your IT solutions. Our long-form post — Everything SMBs should know about cybersecurity in 2018 — is full of valuable information. Or you can go straight to the source and give us a call today.

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