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Signs your computer has a virus

Unfortunately, malware and viruses are becoming increasingly common, which is why it’s important for you to know the tell-tale signs of a computer virus. Let’s take a look at some of the most common signs below so you know when your computer needs servicing by an IT professional.

1. Your computer slows down

If your computer is running much slower than usual, it could be a sign that it’s been infected by a virus. When your laptop or PC suddenly takes a long time to start up or close down, or software you use every day is slower to load, you should contact an IT professional. However, it’s important to note that a sluggish computer can sometimes be caused by a lack of hard disk space or RAM memory as well, so check this first.

2. Screen pop-ups and spam emails/messages

Has your inbox suddenly become flooded with spam emails? Does your screen have never-ending pop-ups? If you’re experiencing these issues, it’s likely that you have a virus. If you follow any of the links given to you in these spam emails or pop-ups, you run the risk of your computer being hijacked and all of your personal information and details being stolen. Therefore, we strongly advise against this and urge you to contact an IT professional.

3. Your computer loses battery life quickly

If you have recently noticed that it takes a significantly shorter amount of time for your computer’s battery to run out, you may have a computer virus. Your battery draining quickly is a sign that there is activity on your computer that you’re unaware of. Before the virus has the chance to multiply and infiltrate your computer further, you should contact an IT professional to resolve the issue as soon as possible.

Our reliable and professional team of IT experts at Computerman IT are well-equipped to deal with a variety of computer issues. Based in Cairns, but operating remotely across Australia, we have extensive experience and training to deal with IT-related issues. If you suspect that your computer has a virus, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today by submitting an enquiry.