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How can I tell if i have a computer virus?

On a daily basis, there are new viruses and threats launched to attack systems worldwide.  Here are a couple of items to consider.  If you answer “yes” to any of the following questions, your computer might have a virus.

So here are some clear signs if you have a computer virus?

  • Is your computer running slow? Viruses tend to slow computer performance.  There can be other reasons for slow performance including a hard disk requiring defragmentation, lack of memory or spyware/ad ware.
  • Unexpected messages or programs starting automatically? Viruses can cause damage to Windows and/or some of your programs. The results of this damage might include messages appearing unexpectedly, programs starting or closing automatically, or Windows shutting down suddenly.
  • Is computer working overtime? An email virus works by sending many copies of itself by e‑mail. One indicator of this is your workstation working overtime even when you are not using it. These are not always symptoms of a computer virus, but when combined with other problems, can indicate a virus infection.

To check for your workstation for viruses, scan your computer with an antivirus program. New viruses appear every day, so keeping your antivirus program updated is important.


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