Virus & Spyware Removal
How can I tell if my computer has a virus?
Is your computer running very slowly? A common symptom of a virus is much slower than normal computer performance. However, there can be other reasons for sluggish performance, including a hard disk that needs defragmenting, a computer that needs more memory (RAM), or the existence of spyware or adware. For more information about spyware, see How to tell if your computer is infected with a virus or spyware. Are you getting unexpected messages, or are programs starting automatically? Some infections can cause damage to Windows or some of your applications. The results of this damage might include messages appearing unexpectedly, programs opening and closing automatically, or Windows operating system is shutting down suddenly. Is your modem or hard disk working overtime? An e‑mail virus works by sending many copies of itself by e‑mail. One indicator of this is that the activity light on your broadband or external modem is continuously lit; another is the sound of your computer’s hard disk continually working. These are not always symptoms of a computer virus, but when combined with other problems, can indicate a virus infection. To check for viruses, scan your computer with an antivirus program. New viruses appear every day, so keeping your antivirus program updated is essential.
How to tell if your computer is infected with spyware
Spyware is a type of software that is installed on your computer to watch and record your activity. Some types of spyware record your keystrokes and information that you type into websites or other programs and then use that information for targeted advertising or identity theft. These programs can be installed on your computer in many ways, but often they are hidden inside of software such as free games, screensavers, or animated cursors.
Here are some signs that your computer might be infected with spyware:
You notice new toolbars, links, or favorites that you didn’t intentionally add to your web browser.
Your home page, mouse pointer, or search program changes unexpectedly.
You type the address of a specific website into your web browser, but you’re taken to a completely unrelated website.
You see pop-up ads, even if your computer isn’t connected to the Internet.
Your computer suddenly starts running slowly. Spyware causes not all computer performance problems, but spyware can cause a noticeable change.
- Clean up your hard drive
- Clean memory and boot records
- Clean the interior using compressed air
- Fine tune the operating system
- Install critical security updates to prevent future outbreaks
- Install spyware cleaners and anti-virus software
- Disable unnecessary applications from running in the background
- Firmware Updates
- Disk defragmentation
- Disk clean up and checkup
- Test Operating System for proper functionality