Malware is a short term for malicious software. Malicious software is harmful to the life of a computer. There are various types of malware. The most commonly recognized types of malware are viruses, worms, spywares, and Trojans. Roughly 32% of computers worldwide are infected with malware.
Did you know that in last year alone, there were 74,000 new computer virus created daily? By the end of 2014, reports estimated that $4.5 billion were lost due to computer attacks and 1 million households were affected by the attacks. Households affected by computer attacks lost money and had accounts misused. To prevent such misfortunes from happening to you, we’ve put together a list of things to look for when inspecting your device.
If you’ve noticed your computer to take on a few of these characteristics, then chances are it has been infected by malware:
1) If your device is infected by malware, it will run extremely slow. This is because the virus, Trojan, or etc. will start running tasks that use a lot of resources, at once.
2) A common result of malware is pop ups. Pop ups that appear when you are searching the web or ones that claim that viruses are found and you need to download online software are signs of malware. Take heed only when your own anti-virus or anti- applications alerts you of any compromises.
3) You want to routinely check to see if your antivirus is running properly. If it is being disabled without your consent, then more than likely it is because of malware.
4) If your computer often crashes and a blue screen appears, there’s a possibility it’d due to malware. To be sure, run a complete scan. This is why it important to have a good antivirus solution for your computer system.
5) If you are constantly receiving error messages alerting you that programs and files won’t open, this is another sign of malware.