Do I have a Virus, Malware, Trojan?
If you can answer “yes” to any of the following questions, your computer might have a virus.
Is your computer running very slowly?
A common symptom of a virus is much slower than normal computer performance. However, there can be other reasons for slow performance, including a hard disk that needs De-fragmentation, a computer that needs more memory (RAM), or the existence of spyware or adware.
Are you getting unexpected messages, or are programs starting automatically?
Some viruses can cause damage to Windows or some of your programs. The results of this damage might include messages appearing unexpectedly, programs starting or closing automatically, or Windows shutting down suddenly.
Is your modem or hard disk working overtime?
An e‑mail virus works by sending many copies of itself by e‑mail. One indicator of this is that the activity light on your broadband or external modem is constantly lit; another is the sound of your computer’s hard disk continually working. These are not always symptoms of a computer virus, but when combined with other problems, can indicate a virus infection.
To check for viruses, scan your computer with an antivirus program. New viruses appear every day, so keeping your antivirus program updated is important. One of the best products that we use to protect our customers is Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium. This not only gets rid of the malicious software killing your machine but also offers online protection to ensure that you do not get infected again. Download a 14 day FREE trial version by clicking here. At about A$60 per year per PC, this is real value for money, especially considering the price of other anti virus products and how ineffective they are.
If you are still having problems or want to make sure you are fully protected and sleep again at night, call Lance Wallis at CRHI.com.au (Computer Repairs – Hope Island) and book one of our experienced Geeks to set your computer straight. The web-safe service will cost you $110-00 and will make sure that your have the latest antivirus and malware protection installed. It does not cover the cost of any software that you may require.