Oct 01, 2013

How can you tell if your pc has been infected with a virus?

Beyond running a virus scan, how can you tell if your PC has been infected by a virus? Are there common “symptoms,” for lack of a better term?

It very much depends on the virus. Your best bet is to get some kind of antivirus and do a scan if you might have one. It's better to be safe than sorry.

Different examples of malware do different things, but some common things are your anti-virus software stops working, you see weird filenames with more than one filename extension, you can reach some websites, strange pop-ups and notifications - there are others, but these are pretty common indicators.

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