Virus protection is a huge responsibility you need to commit to in order to ensure your computer’s health and efficiency. Keep in mind that you should not solely rely on anti-virus software and malware programs. You should do your own part to prevent and protect your computer from being attacked by viruses.
One of the things you can do to help with your computer’s virus protection is to go over this checklist of symptoms as part of your maintenance routine:
- Is your computer doing things on its own?
When you’re using your computer, it’s completely normal to hear noises from your hard drive. If you’re not using it and you hear noises coming from the hard drive, you will need to do an immediate virus scan. Do the same thing if you notice the CD-ROM tray is opening on its own or the printer or scanner acts on its own.
- Does your computer suddenly freeze?
If your computer suddenly freezes and there is nothing you can do to make the mouse pointer blink again or move, the keyboard to start working again, or you can’t even turn the computer off without pressing the power button, you may need to check your system to see if it needs a cleanup or a virus scan.
- Does certain actions take much longer time to complete than before?
If you are using your computer most of the time, you will notice when things are not being completed as fast as they were before. For example, it suddenly takes several minutes for a PDF file to open when the same file usually opens quickly.
- Is your computer taking more time to start up?
One of the dead giveaways that your computer is nursing a virus is when it takes more time than necessary in starting up. Again, if you’re using your computer most of the time, you’ll instantly notice if it suddenly takes longer to start up.
- Does your computer crash more often than not?
An occasional crashing of your computer may not be a source for panicking. If this happens a lot and regularly, you may need to perform a virus scan. Also, make note of its performance after you have restarted it due to crashing. Is it as efficient as before it crashed? Is it faster or slower to perform and respond to commands?
- Are some of your files missing?
Some files could go missing in your computer without you or anyone who also uses your computer deleting the files or moving them to another folder. After confirming the files that you need are really not in your computer anymore, it’s time to start running a virus scan.
- Are you able to connect with all of your drives?
Loosing internet connection, inability to open files from a USB, incomplete list of drives in your computer are some of the problems associated with connecting to your computer drives. Make sure all your disk drives are working efficiently.
- Do you notice other programs automatically running on your computer?
When starting up your computer, look for signs of pop ups and other programs coming up on your screen. If you didn’t do anything to activate or start these programs, then you may need to run a virus scan and set up your defenses.
- Are you having problems connecting with and controlling your printer?
A printer that is not connecting to the computer, even after checking the power and connection cables is a sign of a virus attack. Make sure your computer is clear of any virus or threats before attempting to connect your printer back to your computer.
- Are any error messages suddenly appearing on your screen?
These messages are often about a virus in your computer and that you need to run a scan right away. Make sure you know and trust the source of these messages. If not, it is safe not to click anywhere inside the box, ignore the message and simply close the window.
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