It's no secret that cyber crime is a booming industry. With the ability to purchase malware kits and stolen user credentials on the Dark Web for less than a cup of coffee, even low-skilled criminals are able to cash in on the hacking game. While some malicious software may sneak onto your devices undetected, stealing passwords, financial credentials, and other personal information in the meantime, there are some telltale signs that will let you know when something is amiss.
Are your operating systems and programs taking longer than normal to start up? Is your data bandwidth suspiciously slow? If so, your computer may be infected with a virus.
Likewise, if your hard disk is working excessively while no programs are currently running, or if you notice that your external modem is always lit, you should inform your IT Security team.
Blue screen of death (BSOD)
If your PC crashes regularly, it's possible that you may simply not have the latest drivers installed on your device, or the programs you’re running are incompatible with your hardware. However, if neither of these issues are present on your device, a virus could be clashing with your hardware and causing your computer to crash.
Lack of storage space
There are several types of malware that can corrupt your computer, and most tend to fill your hard drive with suspicious files. If you find any unknown programs that you have no recollection of installing, notify your IT Security Team immediately. It's possible that your device is not the only one in your organization's network that's been infected.
Pop-ups and other unwanted programs
Pop-ups often surface when you click on sketchy web pages, like those that ask you to answer survey questions to access a free download. You might think that downloading free applications is harmless, but the installation process can infect your device with malware.
You’re sending out spam
If your family and friends say you’ve been sending them suspicious messages and links over social media or email, it's probable that one or more of your user accounts has been compromised. Warn your contacts not to open any messages that appear to come from your account, be sure to reset your account and device passwords, and add an extra layer of security to your accounts by enabling two-factor authentication.
On the whole, knowing how malicious software affects your devices can help you take the necessary steps to rectify malware infections and prevent future compromises from occurring. Want to learn more about the policies, tools, and best practices that can help protect your business IT infrastructure from malware? Contact our experts today.