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Symptoms of A Virus Attack

This guide will give you some insight on how malware threats such as viruses and ransomware can spread to computers and what symptoms to look out for. Continue reading if you do not use a specialized security solution that can protect you and you worry that you might be a victim of a malware infection.

Check For Malware If You Come Across Any Of These Symptoms

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Many users do not use specialized security software which are used to remove virus infections and maintain a secure environment. This guide will showcase some of the indications that most of the common types of malware exhibit. Bear in mind that is not a complete list and we highly recommend that use a trusted anti-spyware tool to make sure that you are always safe.

  • Browser Changes – The main symptom of a browser hijacker is a change in the ordinary web browser’s behavior. These infections usually change the home page, new tabs page, default search engine of the installed browser(s). Active infections lead to several dangerous cases – the victims are redirected to malicious sites which may lead to further malware infections or obstructive ads which generate financial income for the criminals. When the victims browser the Web without having the infection removed, their cookies, account credentials, browser history and other private information can be transmitted to the remote operators.

  • System Behavior Changes – The victims can face unexpected and suspicious changes to the operating system. This can range from anything from unusually high resource usage, wallpaper changes to system startup problems. Most contemporary viruses set up a persistent state of execution which modifies important operating system settings by killing processes, removing programs and initiating temporary or permanent user account modifications.

  • Data Modification – This is the primary goal of the ransomware families. They encrypt data using strong ciphers and extort the victims for a ransomware payment fee. In many cases the advanced variants also cause additional damage such as secondary malware infections, system changes and spying. Many contemporary viruses delete the Shadow Volume Copies of the infected hosts which prevents data recovery. Important system data along with sensitive files can be deleted.

  • Spying And Sensitive Information Theft – Potent viruses can install various key loggers and other pieces of malicious software. They can capture screenshots, keyboard interaction, mouse movement and even record audio from the built-in microphones and video from the computer webcams. In addition they can be set up in a way to automatically steal potentially sensitive information such as documents, photos, configuration files and related data.

  • Remote ControlTrojans can be used to obtain full or partial remote control of the infected hosts.

  • Remote Code ExecutionTrojans and other types of viruses can institute remote arbitrary code execution. In most cases the goals are related to a certain degree of sabotage or further infection of the victim hosts.

If you suspect that you are a victim of a virus you can opt to use an anti-spyware tool which will be able to identify and remove any active infections. They are also capable of protecting your computers at all times from all kinds of current and future virus attacks with the the help of a quality heuristics engine.

SpyHunter anti-malware tool will diagnose all current threats on the computer. By purchasing the full version, you will be able to remove all malware threats instantly. Additional information about SpyHunter / Help to uninstall SpyHunter

Martin Beltov

Martin graduated with a degree in Publishing from Sofia University. As a cyber security enthusiast he enjoys writing about the latest threats and mechanisms of intrusion.