Is your computer Secure? Viruses and Malware can seriously impact performance, compromise security, and put your information at risk
Viruses and Malware are a scourge and growing in unprecedented numbers (AV-Test institute registers over 350,000 new malware programs daily).
What is Malware?
Malware is a collective term for Viruses, Spyware, Botnets, Keyloggers, Rootkits, Worms and Ransomware and a host of other Malicious Software designed to disrupt operations and undermine the security of your personal information.
Often introduced to your computer by clicking infected links/adverts on websites, by email attachments/links, or via infected documents/files unwittingly sent from your colleagues and friends. You can also contract them by using infected USB devices (hard drives, memory sticks etc.)
Malware disrupts the smooth running of your computer, and can compromise your personal information – allowing hackers access to your private computer.
In this hyper-connected word Virus and Malware infections are easy to contract and can be difficult to get rid of. And, if you don’t have Internet Security software installed/properly configured, it is only a matter of time before a Virus infection, or other form of Malware, infects your machine.
7 Signs Your System May Be Infected
Not all malicious software has visible symptoms. Some is more insidious, lurking in the shadows gathering information, or allowing hackers to steal or encrypt your private files / information.
Some common symptoms people see include:
- unwanted popup adverts, toolbars, and notifications
- programs appearing, that you did not install, launching themselves at startup
- computer performing unusually slow
- excessive hard drive activity (when you’re not doing anything)
- sudden drop in disk space
- audible / visual warnings that your system may be infected
- blue screen errors
If you think your system may be infected, give Excalibur IT a Call. We can clean your system, setup your security, and advise on common-sense precautions to avoid re-infection.