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How to Detect Signs of a Virus on Your Computer

How to Detect Signs of a Virus on Your Computer

How to Detect Signs of a Virus on Your Computer

If you are worried about the ways that computer viruses could potentially disrupt your PC and your daily work and life, you are not alone. Millions of people have computers that get infected with viruses and other malware every day, and unfortunately there are as many bad actors in cyberspace trying to do harm to your computer as there are people trying to detect and patch the vulnerabilities that exist from a global network of machines. The unfortunate reality is that you cannot protect against every potential risk for your computer, so it's important to be able to recognize the signs of a virus so you can keep it from doing too much damage.

Common Virus Signs

Computers can get viruses in several different ways, but today the most common is by downloading something intentionally or unintentionally from the internet. Just like when your body become infected with a virus, your computer is likely to have some signs of a problem. They aren't always really noticeable at first, but it's critical that you are aware of what they can be so you can get your computer scanned or checked at the first sign of an issue.

Some common signs that a virus or other malware is on your machine include:

  • Slower-than-usual performance: your computer takes longer to start than normal, or when you try to open a program or file there is a noticeable delay.
  • Issues with shutting down and restarting: you have difficulty getting your computer to shut down or restart like it normally would.
  • Error messages: it's normal to get an error message sometimes, but they should be rare.
  • System crashes: often termed the "blue screen of death" for PCs, system crashes are usually an early sign of a problem.
  • Pop-up windows out of the blue: nobody likes pop-ups, and when they suddenly start appearing on your screen it's an indicator there is something happening in your PC.
  • Missing files or extra files: you can't find that file you just saved, or you suddenly notice programs that you never downloaded showing up on your computer.
  • Unknown emails: people tell you about strange emails coming from your account that you never sent.
  • Hard drive working overtime: if you hear the fan in your computer all the time or your hard drive seems to be working more than usual, it's time for a virus scan.

How to Fix a Virus on Your Computer

There is no shortage of DIY advice online to tell you how you can fix a virus on your computer, but for most people it's not worth the hassle to try and figure out exactly what's wrong and how to get rid of it. Unless you are a computer expert, it's best to take it somewhere to have a professional check it out.

At PC Laptops, we offer free virus scans for computers to help you diagnose what's going on and let you know how our experienced computer geeks can fix it for you. We'll have your computer back to normal in no time so you can get back to all the fun things (or the work) you have to do on your machine.