Might Your Computer Be Infected?

Certain symptoms may indicate that a computer is infected with viruses, worms, Trojans, spyware, adware and or malware. The following list depicts some of the more usual symptoms:

  • Computer runs very slowly
  • Stops responding or locks up often
  • Crashes and restarts every few minutes
  • Restarts on its own and then fails to run normally
  • Browser is redirected to another website (hijacked browser)
  • Applications don’t work properly
  • Inability to install applications
  • Inability to access files and folders
  • Disk drives are inaccessible
  • Unusual/constant error messages appear
  • Menus and or dialog boxes are distorted  
  • Advertising pop-ups appear, even when not in a browser

It can take CIT staff days to clean up infected computers and restore data. In some cases, data restoration may not even be possible. If your college-owned office computer becomes infected (faculty and staff only), we will perform a "wipe and reinstall," which means we will wipe the computer clean and restore a basic setup. It is imperative that you keep a current backup of your computer at all times. 

Review backup procedures.