4 Signs That There is Harmful Software on Your ComputerAlthough 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.

By PC Geeks / Malware and Virus Issues / / 0 Comments

Malware is software written to infect computers and commit crimes such as fraud and identity theft. It has become big business in the past few years. As a result, if you use a computer for web surfing, shopping, banking, email, instant messaging, and gaming without proper protection, you are putting yourself at high risk of being victimized.

Keep your computer up-to-date

The vast majority of malware infections exploit security holes, so the most important part of PC hygiene is to keep all your software up to date. Microsoft releases patches on the second Tuesday of each month, so either let your PC install them automatically, or install them promptly. Once a patch is released, malware programmers can reverse-engineer the fix to find the security hole and exploit it.

Some other programs – including the Firefox and Google Chrome browsers – will also install patches automatically. This is almost always a good idea for home users.

Install Anti-virus software

Anti-virus software safeguards against Trojans, hackers, spyware, and more. The anti-virus, anti-spyware, firewall, anti-spam, anti-phishing, and backup technologies work together to combat today’s advanced multi-faceted attacks. It scans disks, email attachments, files downloaded from the web, and documents generated by word processing and spreadsheet programs.

Call PC Geeks

Malware is not just a nuisance issue. While malicious software can be cleaned from a system, newer generations also introduce data miners that can store that information and sell it. That could mean that if banking or tax information was in the computer when the malware infected it, personal information could be all over the world in no time.

Some companies offer to clean it for you, but that may not be the right solution.

Our technicians evaluate your computer to determine whether a cleaning or a re-installation of your operating system is needed. People are often surprised at our affordable pricing for these services, call PC Geeks today to learn more!