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Symptoms of Malware on Your Computer

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Let’s talk about malware first. We’ll get into viruses in a few pages. Luckily, it’s usually pretty easy to tell if you have any malware on your computer. Here are some symptoms:

  • You type in a webpage to visit and another one opens instead.
  • Your default homepage is different than the one you specified.
  • You see pop-up ads sporadically on your computer, even if you’re not surfing the Web.
  • When you look at Internet Explorer (or other browsers), you see new toolbars and links that you didn’t add.
  • In general, your computer seems to run slowly. Plus, you’ll also hear your computer processing and churning away even when you’re not doing anything.

If you’ve experienced any of these, chances are you may have some type of malware. No need to freak out though, most malware isn’t dangerous to your computer. It’s more annoying than anything, but read on and you’ll find out how to get rid of it.

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