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Signs That Your Computer Has a Virus

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Computer VirusComputer viruses seem to be lurking behind every link these days. We have heard the horror stories of finding viruses on trusted websites. We’ve heard terrible things about losing all of your data to one of these awful creatures. Viruses are pretty commonplace depending on how you surf the net and what sorts of websites you frequent, but none of us are ever really completely safe. Now, don’t worry, there are ways of telling whether or not your machine has been infected and there is plenty you can do to protect yourself. Let’s check out some ways to see if you need some virus removal help.

Slowing Down

Computers slow down sometimes. It is simply part of owning a computer. But how can you tell the difference between regular slowing and more problematic changes? Well, one of the main things to keep in mind that the way your computer behaves while surfing the internet is not necessarily an indication that there is an issue with your operating system. Try seeing how your computer operates with internal processes. Open a program. Is it slower than normal? By how much? Small amounts of slowing down could be happening because of background processes, so don’t worry too much every time things get slow. What you really need to keep an eye on is slowness over time. How long has your computer been acting this way? If there has been a noticeable slowdown that has lasted a few days then you might be in trouble.

Unauthorized icons and programs

Do you download a lot of programs, photos, music, or files? Do you know that they come from a reliable source? Consider this question whenever you go to download something and read the prompts you are given carefully. Find out exactly what came into your machine and make sure that’s the only thing that made it in. Sometimes a virus will slip in with an incoming packet and store itself within your system files. Some viruses will save themselves, then copy themselves repeatedly into your system. So, check your files for surprises. If there are any desk top icons that you don’t recognize, try and find out what they are and where they came from. Stay on top of what’s inside your computer and keep track of unauthorized processes.

At Working Nets, we know that handling the cybersecurity for a business while actually keeping that business running can seem impossible, especially in the daunting face of cyber-attacks against much larger businesses. Outsourcing your IT can give you peace of mind and allow you to take care of the things that are important for your company. Working Nets is a Maryland based IT Service and Security company that services small businesses nationwide. We’re always on top of emerging cybersecurity trends and threats so you don’t have to be.

To talk to someone about managed IT for your business, give us a call at (443) 992-7394. We’d be happy to assist you with your professional business networking needs.

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