Cybercrimes and attacks increase day by day , and you might be a victim
Here is the most important signs that helps to detect attacks ..
If it takes longer than normal to boot up or the internet speed become slow , while you are not using any resourse-heavy program and all other causes is checked before like (lack of ram , hard drive problems , etc .. )
Unwanted and unexpected pop-ups may apears , they are not only annoying but they usually comes with other maleware threats that are concealed .
Dont click on any link the pop-ups contains and don’t answer any question the pop-ups requested you to answer .
If your programs or your system crash without having any technical issue , then this caused by a maleware .
4. Suspicious Hard drive activity
Another warning sign of a potential malware infection on your system is the hard drive activity. If you notice that your disk continues to have excessive activity even when you don’t use it anymore and there is no present program or download running at that moment, this could be the moment to check your system for malware.
5. Running out of hard drive space
Regarding the hard drive, you also need to check if your physical storage space has been increasing lately or if some of your files disappeared or changed their names.
6. Unusual high network activity
There are cases where you may not be connected to the Internet with your browser and there is no program that may connect to online servers to download or upload any data, but a high network activity can still be observed.
First of all, you need to check the following:
- Is there any operating system update at that moment?
- Is there any program or application that may be downloading or uploading any data?
- Is there any update for a certain program running at that moment?
- Is there a large download that you started and forgot about it and is still running in the background?
If the answer to all these questions is No, then maybe you should check where all that traffic is going.
- Use traffic monitoring softwares
- To check for a malware infection, use a good antivirus product to check your system.
- If you suspect that your computer has been infected by a dangerous financial malware, you need a specialized software designed to address these type of threats.
7. New Browser home page, new toolbars and/or your browser opens unwanted websites
This usually happens when you visit a website and you accidentally click an online link or a pop-up window. This action triggers the download and install of a secondary software, which is not only annoying, but also malicious.
What to do:
Run a complete scan with your security solution as soon as possible. Because these type of threats don’t easily go away, make sure you run additional scans with specialized software, such as anti-spyware programs mentioned above.
8. Unusual messages or programs starting automatically
If you see programs opening and closing automatically, your operating system shutting down without reason or you have strange windows in the booting process and O.S lets you know that you lost access to some of your drives, this is something you should worry about.
Though it may be a technical issue, it is also a sign that malware could be present on the system. If this is the case and you lost access to some important areas of your operating system, you need to prepare for the worst. These are the cases when a complete wipe and reinstall of the operating system is taken into consideration.
9. Your security solution is disabled
Your antivirus solution doesn’t seem to work anymore or the Update module seems to be disabled. You should know that some malware programs are specially designed to disable security programs, leaving you without any defense.
If you already tried to reboot your computer, close and open the security solution and all other normal troubleshooting steps resulted in no positive outcome, you may consider that your computer has been affected by malware.
10. Your friends say they receive strange messages or e-mails from you
Are your friends telling you that they received suspicious e-mails from you or instant messages from your social media account containing attachments or links?
First of all, you need to verify whether those e-mails or messages were sent from one of your accounts (so check your Sent Items folder in your e-mail account) or if those messages were delivered from an application which is out of your control.
If you discover the messages were sent from one of your accounts, make sure of the following:
- Make sure you logged out from all your accounts.
- Set strong passwords for your accounts. Don’t forget to combine upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols. Don’t use the same password for all your accounts. Even if you are hacked, having different passwords for each account will help you limit a potential loss. Make a habit of changing your main passwords every 30 days.
- Use two-factor authentication. Use this method to make sure your online accounts or your e-mail address are not accessed by somebody else. Using this option means that, besides entering your credentials, you will also need to enter a code sent to your phone.
Hope you always be safe ..