While the media taught us to be afraid of computer viruses, little attention is ever actually paid to what they do or why. In fact, lots of business owners, managers, and self-employed professionals assume that their computers are free of things like viruses and spyware as long as they don’t notice thousands of dollars missing from their checking accounts.
Unfortunately, the reality is that there are lots of different types of “malware,” ranging from viruses to advertising scams and other nuisances. Here are three signs that it’s time to have a trained professional take a closer look at your computer:
1. Your computer seems slow or sluggish. Because most malicious forms of software run in the background, the easiest way to detect them is through the drain on your computer’s resources. If things are running more slowly than they used to, it could be that an unauthorized program is taxing your computer’s processor.
2. You’re getting miscellaneous errors. These can range from simple problems with applications to the dreaded “blue screen of death.” If you’re getting lots of new errors, a virus could be the culprit.
3. You’re seeing unexpected websites or e-mail responses. Some forms of malware take you to web destinations without your permission, and others use your computer to send lots of unauthorized e-mail. If you find that you’re getting responses to messages you don’t remember, you might have a computer virus.
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