The sooner you notice changes to your computer, the easier you’ll be able to find, identify, and kill the virus. As a result, you minimize, if not completely prevent, its effects.
A couple of things you need to understand with regard to viruses and computers. Computer viruses are continuously moving and evolving, similar to human viruses. The only difference is that a computer virus evolves in a matter of days or weeks, unlike human viruses which may take months and years to evolve.
Another aspect you’ll need to be aware of is that a change in your computer’s performance may not always mean a virus infection. A typical example would be a slow-running computer. Although this may be caused by a virus in your computer, this can also signify an overload of programs installed and currently running at the same time. So you’ll need to be specific about the symptoms that you notice to effectively associate them with virus protection and, thus, be able to implement the right treatment method.
To help you with this, here are the top symptoms that you should watch out for as part of your virus protection.
- Computers crashing
If you notice your computer crashes more often than normal, take note of its performance after the restart. If it doesn’t seem to run normally or starts to self-restart repeatedly, you’ll need to call in your IT at once. If your computer crashes again, do not restart it and wait for your IT.
- Files go missing
Files that can go missing include those that you have created including documents, images, audios, and videos. In addition to this, files that play critical roles in the operations of certain applications and programs in your computer can go missing as well. You’ll notice this when you try to open a program and it shows you a message that says critical file is missing. It will also give you the name of the file that is missing. This is a sure sign of virus infection.
- Startups are slow
If you use your computer frequently, you are sure to notice any changes in its startup time. Keep in mind that a slowly starting computer may not always signify a virus infection, but it is one of the reasons why your computer starts slowly. If you are not entirely sure whether or not your computer is starting up slowly, record the time it takes for it to completely startup. Show this to your IT after you call regarding a slow startup.
- Unaccessible disk drives
One of the many symptoms that a virus protection program may not easily detect is when you suddenly cannot access some disk drives in your computer. You’ll notice this when you cannot connect to the internet, when you plugged a USB device to your computer and your computer isn’t able to connect to it, and when you only see one disk drive in the my Computer folder when you should have 2-3 disk drives there.
- Hardware acting up on its own
Viruses don’t only affect your computer operating system, network connection, and software programs. It can also affect all hardware connected to your computer. In fact, it can cause your CD-ROM tray to open on its own or your printer to start or do some tasks when you didn’t trigger the action through keyboard or mouse control. Another obvious sign of your hardware being affected is when your computer is making unnecessary noise which can be louder than normal. Should you experience these, you’ll need to call in a certified computer specialist.
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