How would I know if my computer is inflicted and what could I do about it?
Download Ad Aware from download.com. Install it on your PC and let if analyze your system. Download the free trial version of Symantec Anti-Virus from Symantec.com and let it analyze your system. Purchase the full versions of both and keep them up to date so you can be protected as new infections pop up.
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There are common signs of infected computers.
1. Your computer runs consistently slowly than normal.
2. Locks up or stops responding.
3. When you connect to the Internet, all types of windows open or display pages you have not requested.
4. Programs don’t work properly
5. You start getting popups telling you to download a program.
You might be infected but some of this signs could also indicate hardware or software problems that have nothing to do with a virus.
While there is no method that can 100% guarantee that your computer will be not be infected, there are a number of steps that you can take to lessen the probability of this happening.
1. Install antivirus and antispyware programs from a trusted source
2. Don't open files on your drive that you're not expecting
3. Update software regularly
4. Use strong passwords and keep them secret
5. Never turn off your firewall
6. Use flash drives cautiously, but don’t put an unknown flash (or thumb) drive into your computer.
by Lily Rose 8 years ago
For the past 5 or 6 hours I have been dealing with some fraud and identity theft that I discovered and I'm now really weary of my online security; I hope some HP "techies" can help... I use the Windows 7 built-in firewall and I use the free version of Avast for antivirus. ...
by Kylyssa Shay 2 years ago
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by Nell Rose 6 years ago
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by Michael Willis 8 years ago
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by Pete 4 years ago
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