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4 Signs of Malware You Need to Know

Published October 12, 2020

4 Signs of Malware You Need to Know

The first computer was invented back in the early 19th century. Obviously, things have changed a lot since then.

For one thing, they’re used in almost everything nowadays from traffic lights to video game consoles. PCs and laptop computers are also just as popular as ever.

There’s just one thing—they can always be infected by malware. When that happens, you can run into a number of problems.

How can you tell if there’s malicious software on your computer? Want to know?

If so, be sure to keep reading. We’ll be going over a few signs of malware below. Keep reading to find out what they are!

What is Malware? 

Malware is shorthand for “malicious software.” Basically, it refers to all malicious software variants such as ransomware, spyware, viruses, and trojans.

Designed to infiltrate your computer without your knowledge, they can steal your data, spam you with ads or even blackmail you. What’s more, is that no device is immune.

The good news, however, is that malware can be removed. Generally speaking, you just have to use an antivirus program.

4 Signs of Malware That You Should Know About 

How can you tell if your computer is under threat? Here are a few warning signs that you should be aware of.

1. Slow Computer 

Malware infections will often slow down your computer. For example, it might take a long time for your programs to start up.

This happens because malware consumes a substantial amount of memory. Put it simply, there will be less “power” for everything else.

2. Lack of Storage Space 

Many types of malware can manipulate the files on your computer—that is, they can fill your hard drive up with suspicious files. Over time, this can lead to a lack of storage space.

Given that, you want to keep an eye out for unexplained new files. If anything, you never want to open an unknown program that you’ve never installed before.

3. Popup Ads 

Adware programs can bombard your computer with advertisements. While they’re not as common as they used to be, they can still come up.

While some may be ads for legitimate products, others may include links to malicious websites that can cause even more harm to your computer.

4. Frequent Crashes 

If your computer crashes regularly, there’s a high chance that something is wrong with the system. For instance, your screen might freeze or you might come across the infamous “Blue Screen of Death.”

When in doubt, scan your computer with an antivirus program—that’ll allow you to identify and remove any malware that’s on your device.

Understanding Malware

The bottom line is, you want to keep an eye on your computer activity; take action as soon as you notice signs of malware. Don’t let them wreak havoc on your device!

Looking to up your cybersecurity game? Our experts can help. Feel free to contact us for more information!

Pegasus Technologies is the IT Team for organizations that don’t need a full-time IT department. Our technology experts build you a technology plan to keep your business running at its best. We have offices in Kennett Square, PA, Media, PA, and Wayne, PA to provide better computer support and IT services to you.

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Nathanael Walker
nwalker@pegtec.com

Nate is a Technical Account Manager at Pegasus Technologies. Nate started his career in Information Technology as a help desk intern and has grown into his role at Pegasus managing clients as their IT manager.