If you have reason to believe that your computer has been compromised by some sort of virus, it is critical that you stop using it immediately. Never use an infected computer. Wait until the problem has been fixed to continue your daily tasks. Don’t check your email, log into Facebook, your bank account, or buy anything online. The more personal information you engage with on an infected computer, the more ammo you give hackers.
Don’t Ignore The Problem
If you continue to use your computer as usual, even while suspecting that it has a virus, you will potentially give hackers and all sorts of malware access to all of your personal information. Whether the virus is programmed simply to destroy your machine, or to give your sensitive data to criminals, pretending it isn’t there and continuing to use an infected computer is a dangerous decision for your online security.
Don’t Wait For It To Resolve Itself
Computers are not like people. While if we get a cold or virus, our immune systems will usually knock it out on its own, an infected computer is not the same. You must take action to ensure that your computer works properly and the virus is taken care of. If not, it could eventually cause all sorts of damage and possibly even leak your personal information, leading to identity theft and other consequences.
The Signs Of An Infected Computer
Computer viruses are designed to change the way computers act. While some are subtle, and practically unnoticeable until it may be too late, others are quite obvious. If you notice and of these signs and can find no other likely cause, you may be dealing with an infected computer:
-strange pop up ads
-the seemingly random appearance of new programs
-slow response times
-constant annoying glitches
If you notice any of these things on properly updated and current computers it is key that you get it off the internet and get it looked at by a professional ASAP.
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