Although you might be doing everything that you can to prevent viruses, adware, spyware and other harmful software from installing itself on your computer, some of these programs can be pretty tricky. If there is a harmful program on your computer, however, it is important to take your machine to a repair shop that specializes in virus removal as soon as possible. These are a few signs that there might be a harmful program on your machine.
1. Your Computer is Slow and Sluggish
If your computer is sluggish and slow for seemingly no reason, it could be related to a harmful program. These programs can run a lot of processes in the background and can cause your computer to operate very slowly.
2. You’re Dealing With a Lot of Pop-Ups
Luckily, pop-up ads are not as common as they used to be, so you shouldn’t have to deal with too many of them as a part of your regular Internet browsing. If you find that you are dealing with lots of pop-ups, it could be the sign of a harmful program.
3. Your Computer is Doing Things You Don’t Want it To Do
Is your computer taking you to strange websites that you didn’t want to go to, or is it opening up programs that you don’t remember installing? These are both very common signs of harmful programs.
4. You’re Being Asked for Money
There is a relatively new type of harmful software out there that is known as ransomware. A pop-up might appear on your computer that says that your computer is locked up for illegal downloads, child pornography or something else equally scary. It might then offer to unlock your machine and “let the situation go” if you pay a certain amount of money. Do not pay this money; instead, take your computer to a computer repair shop to have the harmful program removed.
There are a lot of signs to look out for in regards to harmful computer programs, but these are some of the most common. If you experience any of these problems or otherwise think that your computer might have a harmful program on it, contact us ASAP so that we can help.