How will you determine if your computer got infected by malware or virus?

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@agmamayo (804)
Philippines
March 20, 2009 2:07am CST
Since the birth of computers, its popularity and multiple uses has been very beneficial to all sorts of work. However, despite the good use of this technological invention, came the birth of other uses of computers. the creation of viruses and malwares that attack a computer host to turn it into a zombie extension of the hacker to get valuable information if not money too. Years have been done to formulate good anti-virus programs to combat these infections. However, as time goes by newer viruses and malwares are being created some of which are undetectable by the latest anti-virus programs available. How can you tell if your computer has something inside that alters its operation. can you share some eperiences of such occurence?
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@zahfran (851)
• Singapore
20 Mar 09
Hello, if your computer doesn't start like it normally does, there's definitely a virus in it. I suggest you take it to the doctor.. lol.
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@ajamiro (161)
• Philippines
21 Mar 09
I agree and that was funny. Cool.
• China
20 Mar 09
i will ghost it.simple and fast.
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@apples99 (6564)
• United States
21 Mar 09
Well I'm still learning as I go along, but so far, Iv learned that you can tell if your computer has a virus by paying attention to your computers over all performance, for example if your computer is fast and then it suddenly starts going slow, or if it freezes during searches or if you get strange pop ups out of no where, then that could be a symptom of a viruses, the most we can do is pick and download or buy the best antivirus software we can, and hope that it will keep our computer safe and running. right now I'm using avira free edition, I got it on the Cnet.com. website they have all kinds of free antivirus software there.
• Philippines
21 Mar 09
I have 2 Active and best anti virus installed in my computer. One is NOD32 and the other one is avast. Both of them are just free, but they protect my computer very well. If you really want to determine if your PC is infected. GHOST it. That's the best way to do.
@mariposaman (2967)
• Canada
21 Mar 09
The simple answer is that you use an anti virus and a firewall. There is no excuse not to have either one as there are many free and paid versions. http://www.freebyte.com/antivirus/ AVG or Avast! are good choices. There are online anti-virus like Trend Housecall which is also free.
• Philippines
21 Mar 09
If your computer at startup is running slow, then that is a sign that there could be a virus or malware. Regularly, I checked if my laptop or desktop is affected. And watch what you are downloading. Nowadays, the downloads or the things we download has already an attached sality virus. Of course the anti-virus can't detect it, but when it stays in the hard drive longer, that is the time the sality will move silently. Just watch what you are downloading and make sure what you are downloading is legal. Hehehe.
@louisex2 (204)
• India
20 Mar 09
I have ESET NOD32 anti-virus. It scans system automatically with 'real-time protection shield'. It doesn't take any CPU load(0% while scanning). So, whenever a virus/spyware/infection/worm/malware tries to enter computer through cd/usb/internet, it quarantines the infection immediately...
@gracie04 (4554)
• Philippines
20 Mar 09
Well, i don't know what are the real symptoms are but based on my experience, i have determined that there is a virus in my computer when the computer takes time to load and yes, there are annoying pop ups too.. you need to have anti-virus software installed in your computer then try to scan it once in a while.. you can download free anti-virus softwares online like avast.. =)