We all know what a big hassle a malware infection can be. By identifying the symptoms of the malware infection and the means available to clean malware on your PC you can restore the machine to a stable state and also safe-guard it from any future malware attacks. The following 5 recommendations should go a long way to help you recognize any signs of a malware contamination.
One of the easiest methods of locating malware on a machine would be to run anti-malware software. Many anti-malware and anti-virus software such as GFI VIPRE Antivirus Business include real-time protection, spyware and adware protection as well as unknown malware detection. The advantage of having real-time scanning is that all the 24/7 protection is done by the anti-virus product itself. This means that users do not have to perform frequent scans to ensure their machine is malware free.
- PC slowdowns
Malware is well known for slowing down machines, be it network performance or the speed of application use. Naturally, just having a slow PC does not necessarily mean your machine is infected. Other factors can cause a machine to slow down, for example a fragmented system and/or lack of memory. It would therefore be advisable to check these things and schedule some routine maintenance, such as defragmenting your hard-disks, running a check-disk and a disk cleanup. Should the machine remain slow, the most likely cause would be malware.
A recent, annoying sign of malware is the pop-up. Lately, there has been a boom of porn-related pop-up malware issues. Unwanted pop-ups are a sure sign of malware infection. The problem here is that they can’t always be removed in a conventional manner. In some cases, the machine must be booted into safe mode. As is the case with all malware, you’ll need a strong anti-malware application to remove them.
- Change of home and/or Google links
Another common sign of malware infection is the sporadic web browser home page change. The same is true if you search using a search engine, click on a provided link, and are sent to a random link. If you’re seeing this behaviour, you have a malware or virus infection.
- Browser offline
If you cannot get to the internet but you are sure that network connectivity is fine (you can ping a public DNS such as 188.8.131.52) you might be suffering from a malware infection. First thing to check is if you are using any foreign proxy in your Internet Options -> LAN Settings. Some malware configures your browser to pass through an unsafe proxy. You’d definitely want to remove those proxy settings.