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.