It seems like every day there is a new story about a company whose computer security has been breached. More and more advice seems to be available on the internet about determining whether your computer has been infiltrated, warning you about the problems that seem to be lurking everywhere. Now, your computer has slowed down to a crawl for no apparent reason and your coworker is telling that you have been hacked. There are many reasons why your computer could be reacting slowly and being hacked is, unfortunately, one of them. So, how do you know if you’ve been hacked or just need to tune-up your computer to enhance its performance?
When you notice a change in your computer’s performance, there are a few issues to check for that can also slow your computer’s performance. Having too many startup programs, keeping your hard drive nearly full,sharing the network with someone streaming video, and not updating your programs can all be causes of a slow computer. If these issues have been resolved, it is time for you to investigate what is happening while your computer is in use, so you can see just who is controlling its actions. Look for other common signs of hacking such as:
- Unable to Login. Especially if you are on your computer, where you know you are using the correct username and password.
- Frequent Popups. If popups, especially the kind that coax you to visit an unusual website or download software, are drowning you while you work, you need to investigate their source.
- Lots of Disk Activity. If you are just sitting still and your disk activity light is flashing away, it could be something as benign as your antivirus software running a scan or it could be malware searching your disk for information.
- Disabled Antivirus Software. If you know that you did not disable your antivirus and now you can’t seem to reengage it, it is probably due to a malware infection that is trying to maintain a hold on your files.
- Anything Running from Temporary Internet Files. When you launch Task Manager, if you see something running in TEMP and you are not downloading a file at that time, something is very wrong.
- Unknown Startup Programs. If you can’t identify a program that is pinned to your Windows startup, find out what it is. It may be not be anything bad but you shouldn’t risk it.
- Frequent Crashes. If your computer is continuously crashing and you are constantly rebooting, you should act immediately to keep from incurring lasting damage.
- Can’t Shut Down. Be concerned when you have trouble shutting your computer down. If a hacker has remote access to your computer, it will affect your control.
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