5 signs that your computer is infected

Oh, the not-so-humble computer virus. For decades, it’s been making computer users miserable.

It’s like the common cold. You’d think someone would have cured both by now. Unfortunately, it looks like computer viruses are just getting stronger and smarter.

In the early days, a virus would delete your files and spread to other computers. It was annoying, but the effects were easy to detect and contain.

Today, in addition to traditional viruses, there are Trojans, worms, ransomware, spyware, adware and plenty of other “wares.” The computer industry term for all this is “malware.”

Even state-of-the-art computer security can’t always keep up with new threats. Of course, everyone should still be running up-to-date security programs. Fortunately, there are excellent free anti-virus, spyware and firewall programs. Click here to see my top free.

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Every type of malware does something a little differently. You might not even recognize that your computer is infected. To help you out, here are five signs you can look for.

Pop-up ads

Running into pop-up ads while surfing the Web used to be par for http://visual.ly/users/binarybiz the course. Thanks to pop-up blocking now standard in modern browsers, these annoyances aren’t common.

Still seeing pop-ups online from multiple sites? It could be a badly-configured browser.

Seeing pop-ups when your browser isn’t even open? It’s usually adware, spyware or scareware.

You can usually tell it’s the last one if https://paper.li/e-1456870198 the pop up says “a virus http://www.naymz.com/binarybiz-6wma3 was detected.” It will offer you a paid program to remove the virus. Of course, you’ll just be downloading even more malware.

Kim Komando hosts the nation’s largest talk radio show about consumer electronics, computers and the Internet. To get the podcast, watch the show or find the station nearest you, visit: http://www.komando.com/listen. To subscribe to Kim’s free email newsletters, sign-up at: http://www.komando.com/newsletters.

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