Republish Article: Virus – Spyware? Do You Know the Signs?

Virus – Spyware? Do You Know the Signs?

Author: Thomas W. Shay

Knowing the symptoms of a virus infection or spyware infection can save you a lot of pain. Writing down the symptons is a great first step in troubleshooting your computer. Take a notepad and write all the weird things that your computer is doing. Remember, just because you have some of these signs, that doesn’t mean you have a virus. Some of these signs also point to hardware issues and/or a issue with one of your programs.

Signs that you have a Virus / Spyware / Malware

• Computer Start-up is very slow.
• Computer runs very slow all the time, programs respond slowly.
• Popup windows pop up even when you don’t click on anything.
• Disk Drive Light is constantly flashing, which shows the PC is working in the background to run. Noticeable when you are not using the computer, but its acting like it is working.
• Computer shuts down on its own.
• Programs do not start, or run badly.
• Data Files are missing, damaged, or missing information.
• Music starts playing or pictures open on your computer.
• Computer locks up or freezes and you are not able to do anything but power off.
• Weird Error messages.
• Computer will not boot up.
• Hardware issues, like not printing, keyboard keys not working right, modem issues.
• Anti-Virus program gets disabled and you are not able to get it to work again.
• Internet Explorer Home Page is changed to another website and sometimes you are not able to change it back.
• You may get an Error Message saying you have an virus and to click here to get software that will clean the virus off your PC. This is a common trick, as they are the one’s who installed the virus on your computer. They just want you to pay for their software to remove the virus.
• New Icons on your desktop.
• Beware of emails that say you send someone a virus. Friends complain of receiving e-mails from you that are infected with a virus. Sometimes virus makers can forge your e-mail address and send e-mails out to many people that look like they are coming from your computer.
• Beware of e-mails that talk about a virus that is going around and they give examples of where to go to fix it or what to do.

Website used to check for information to find out if an e-mail is a Virus Hoax or Real. This website has lots of information about Hoaxes and Urban Legends.

Check Out: Snopes – “Rumor Has It”

If you start seeing some of these signs, you will need to scan your computer to look for and remove virus activity. Keep your virus and spyware applications up to date with regular updates and scan your computer at least every week, if not daily. If you are connected to the internet, then at sometime you will have to deal with viruses/spyware. Get prepared now, before your computer is infected.

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Republish Article: Is Your Computer Sick?

Is Your Computer Sick?

Author: Ultimate Book Warehouse

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Is Your Computer Sick?

Viruses and spyware usually show up on your computer one of
two ways.

Either they invade your system with a frontal assault like
the Huns attacking the Romans, or they sneak in a back door
like a cat burglar.

Either way, once a virus or piece of spyware gets on your
system, getting it off can rate harder than curing a severe
case of trench foot!

Viruses, malicious programs designed to disrupt normal
computing, and spyware, programs intended to literally "spy"
on your activities, can enter your computer a number of

Most commonly they enter your system through an email
attachment, by sharing files with an infected computer by
disk, as a "ride along" with a 3rd party program you
install, or through a "back door" port in your computer.

Regardless of how they get on your system, once in place,
they cause no end of headaches and frustration.

The following represent typical signs you may suffer from
infection by a virus or piece of spyware.

Your computer starts acting oddly by doing things it never
did previously.

Your modem starts trying to dial out to the Internet without
you initiating a surfing session.

You notice that files start disappearing, the system stalls,
runs slowly, or even crashes frequently.

Your computer takes progressively longer to boot up every
time you start it or you notice that your available hard
drive space has disappeared. Strange popup windows appear,
even when you're not surfing the web, or you delete a
program and it "magically" reappears next time you boot the

If you suspect you a virus or a piece of spyware has invaded
your computer, follow these steps to first identify and then
delete the offending code:

Step 1 – Back up your important files, but remember to scan
these files for viruses before reinstalling to avoid
accidentally re-infecting your system.

Step 2 – Update your anti-virus definitions and perform a
scan of your hard drive.

If you don't carry virus protection, or you suspect your
anti-virus software got corrupted somehow, then log on to and use the free Panda Active Scan
service to check your hard drive for viruses.

Follow the instructions for quarantining and removing the
offending files.

Step 3 – Scan your hard drive with an adware, scumware, or
spyware detection and removal tool like Adaware or Spybot

Step 4 – In many cases, when the virus or spyware program
gets installed with a free utility or game you download from
the Web, you must usually uninstall the utility or game to
finally get rid of the problem once and for all.

Step 5 – Avoid re-infection by keeping your anti-virus and
firewall up-to-date at all times.

As a last resort, if you run into a program you simply can't
get rid of, but can figure out the offending file's name, do
a search for the file name on Often you will
find you're not the first victim and may get valuable advice
for cleaning up your system.

However, be very careful of the information you find and
think twice before modifying any system files.



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