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Telltale Signs of a Malware Infection

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5 Easy ways to figure out that you have a malware problem

Letting your guard down for even a little bit can result in malware on your system.

When that happens, it’s important to recognize the potential symptoms so that you can clear it from your system as soon as possible.

There are a few telltale signs that could alert you to the malware taking residence on your computer.

  • Unexplained pop-ups offering you free prizes.

Whether it’s free money, a free prize, or a free service, in many cases those tempting pop-up offers are just what you want to hear. Hackers know that and they want you to click so that they can give you more malware as your present.

  • Unexplained pop-ups designed to scare you.

Seeing pop-ups warning you that your system is infected and that only their service can save you is a huge red flag. Usually, the ads will throw around the names Microsoft, Apple, or Google so that you’ll trust the ad more. You’ll make that hackers’ day if you click that malware laced ad. Of course, your day will end up ruined, so steer clear and run your anti-malware software to clear off the infection.

  • Your system is suddenly slow, crashes, or freezes.

If you notice that your computer is suddenly frustratingly slow, or seems to be behaving strangely, you may be infected. Of course, there could be lots of other reasons for your computer to be misbehaving, but it’s so easy to run a simple malware scan just to make sure. Make sure you keep your malware software up to date so that it’s able to pick up the most recent threats to your security.

  • Surprise toolbars, extensions, and/or plugins.

If you open your internet browser and suddenly see new plugins and toolbars that you’ve never seen before and didn’t want, then you’re probably infected with malware.

  • Your web browser suddenly has a new homepage.

If the page you look at upon opening the internet looks unfamiliar and you didn’t install a new internet browser, you may be infected. It’s always a good idea to run a scan if you’re concerned, just to see if anything is amiss.

Having an up-to-date malware software can help keep your computer from becoming infected in the first place. Practicing safe browsing habits also goes a long way. The consequences of malware infection, including identity theft, are not to be taken lightly.

As always, if we can be of help with your network or computer, give us a call here at RHYNO Networks. (855) 749-6648

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