Malware is an all too common issue impacting countless users across the world. Malware affects your computer in a wide range of ways, such as accidentally downloading an attachment or clicking on an embedded link in an email. Understanding how to recognize the most common signs of malware is important in keeping your data safe against these ever-evolving threats.
Here are three common signs that your computer is infected with malware.
Fake Virus Messages
One of the most common signs that you are dealing with malware is if you notice urgent messages about viruses on your computer. These scary warnings will often attempt to trick users into clicking on a link to download fake anti-virus software. Many times you will have to provide your credit card information before you can “fix” your computer. The best option is to ignore these warnings and only use legitimate anti-virus software.
Change in Homepage
An unfamiliar homepage is another possible sign that your computer is infected with malware. Your browser may also be redirected to a malicious website that can cause even more problems to your computer. Many times these attacks use browser extensions to redirect your browser to an unsafe site. You can open your browser settings and delete these browser extensions to avoid this problem.
Frequent Popup Ads
Constantly seeing popup ads while browsing the Internet is always an annoying experience. Suddenly seeing an increase in popup advertisements is a sign that your computer is infected with malware. These ads often contain malicious links that will cause even more damage to your computer. Scanning your computer for malware is essential in removing these popup advertisements as soon as possible.
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