Computer viruses are becoming more and more common, and often the effects can be quite serious. Luckily, the professionals at IQ Computer Services in Alexandria, VA, can help rid your computer of these dangerous invaders.
So how can you tell if your computer has been infected? Here are some signs that can tip you off:
- Obnoxious Pop-up Ads: Most computers have built-in pop-up blockers, which protect you from a world of annoying pop-ups. If you are still getting bombarded with pop-ups, it’s likely you have a virus. If you don’t do something about it, the ads can seriously reduce the efficiency of your computer.
- Messages Sent Out, But Not By You: The goal of a virus is to spread, so many of them are programmed to send messages to your contacts in the hopes that they also get the virus. Sometimes, they take over your email, Facebook, or Twitter account. If you notice that messages are being posted or sent (check your sent folder) that you didn’t write, take your computer to a specialist immediately.
- Your Computer Locks You Out: If you’re ever on your computer and you get a message that says you are, or about to be, locked out of your computer, this is a bad sign. No matter what it claims (that it’s from the “police” or that it is in any way “legitimate”), it’s not. A virus is locking you out in the hope that you pay to gain access again.