Malware viruses are so common in the news that most of us know how bad they can be for businesses that have broken securities. Even so, most of us have had malware infection at some point in our careers. If we’re lucky, the virus has been more of a bother than anything else. Malware, on the other hand, has the potential to harm businesses and any sensitive information they may be in charge of. So it’s important to keep yourself and your system safe. But how do you know if your computer has malware? Here are a few of the most important red flags.
Popup Ads Show up Everywhere
Adware programs flood their victims with ads, which are not as common as they used to be. Sometimes the ads are for real products, and when someone clicks on them, the person who put them there gets a commission. Sometimes they have bad links to websites and will try to put more malware on your PC.
Programs Start to Crash
Apps shouldn’t just stop working out of the blue. There is always a reason. Either there is a broken software, an update went wrong, or something else is messing with the files for that app. When apps crash out of the blue, and you have to restart the app or reboot your system, this is another sign that a virus, trojan, or other malicious code is in your system.
Your Browser Home Page Is Redirected
If you open your browser and see a different homepage than usual, you should scan your PC for malware right away. Some types of malwares often do things like change the home page. Malware will enter your computer and change the setting for your browser’s home page. This could take you to a phishing site or a site with many pop-up ads. Even if you try to change your homepage back in your settings, you can’t fix the problem. So, it’s important to get rid of the malware.
You Don't Have Enough Hard Drive Space
If you find that a lot of the free space on your hard drive has disappeared, it can be because of a malware infection. Some types of malwares can copy files or add new ones to your computer. They will hide well, so don’t look for the word “malware” when you search for files. Most of the time, the dangerous actions will be hidden by a name that sounds generic and makes you think it is a normal system file.
One annoying thing that some malicious code does is force your system to restart without telling you. This can make it hard to do anything and cause you to lose the work you just did. This could happen if malware is changing important system files in the background. When you have damaged files, your system becomes unstable and often restarts without warning.