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Key Indicators That Your PC is Infected with Malware

Malware is a problem that businesses of all sizes face. In fact, according to a study by IBM, approximately 34% of businesses take a week or longer to regain access to their data and systems once hit with malware. If not caught and removed right away, one computer could end up infecting 10 more on the same network in no time.

Here are some signs that your PC is infected:

  1. Unusual or unexplained activity. If your computer is acting strange, it may be a sign that malware has found its way onto your system. This includes things like unexpected pop-ups, slow performance, and changes to your homepage or default search engine.
  2. You’re seeing more ads than usual. Many forms of malware are designed to display additional ads on your computer. This is how the creators of the malware make money. If you’re seeing a lot more ads than normal, it’s a good indication that your PC is infected.
  3. You’re being redirected to strange websites. Like displaying additional ads, malware can also cause your browser to redirect you to websites that you didn’t intend to visit. These websites are usually created by the people who made the malware and are designed to make them money.
  4. Unknown programs are installed on your computer. If you’re seeing programs on your computer that you don’t remember installing, it’s a good possibility that they were installed without your knowledge by malware.
  5. Your security software has been disabled. Malware is designed to avoid detection, and one of the ways it does this is by disabling your security software. If you notice that your antivirus program or firewall is no longer working, it’s a strong indication that you’re infected.

If you suspect that your computer might be infected with malware, it’s important to take action right away. The longer the malware is on your system, the more damage it can do.

Malware often gets installed because users click on a link or ad that they shouldn’t have. Security awareness training can help your employees avoid these types of mistakes.

Use a trusted security program to scan your system for malware and remove any that is found. Then, take steps to prevent malware from infecting your computer in the future by keeping your security software up-to-date and being careful about the websites you visit and the emails you open.

Having problems with malware infections? Think maybe you need security awareness training? Not sure where to start? Contact us so we can help you secure your valuable business assets!

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