Unfortunately, we live in a cybernetic world in which threats are quite real. There are many kinds of malware that can affect the performance of our devices. These are diverse as well as its way of infecting us. We can find viruses, Trojans, ransomware… The truth is there are a lot to choose from. Many times we even have malicious files in out computers and we don’t realize it. In this article, we will explain how to detect malware in our computer.
Detecting malware on our computer
The computer is not working correctly
Maybe this is one of the most obvious. We use our computer and we notice something’s off. It becomes slower, some apps are not working correctly or we can’t even open some programs or folders.
So, if our computer has been affected by malware, the speed and functionality will be compromised. It is possible that this cybercriminals set programs to control our computer. This makes it function significantly slower.
Another obvious proof, is when software with an unknown origin appears on our computer. Icons can appear from nowhere on our desktop and we don’t know where they came from. Usually, this is some kind of malware we’ve installed unconsciously or that installed itself through some kind of virus.
So, it is convenient that, if we notice a strange program on our computer, we do an antivirus scan immediately.
In the same way, and this is something quite usual, we can find strange toolbars on our browsers. These tend to appear because of some kind of adware that has infiltrated our computer. Usually, these are very annoying when browsing, so they are quite visible and we will notice them immediately.
Sometimes we can disable these bars from the browser’s options. Sometimes it’s more difficult.
These can also be extensions that even control the web traffic and steal information from us.
Messages sent without our consent
This can happen both via email or social networks. In a previous article we talked about the Facebook video that infected those who clicked on a link. Usually, malware is distributed with a bait. If we end up infected, messages are automatically sent from our profiles.
This is something that can be pretty serious, since not only the malware sends messages in our name, but it also can affect, indirectly, other users that click on it.
These are some of the most obvious ways to detect malware. As we said, there are many kinds. The best thing is to always have good security programs and tools. Also, they should be updated to their latest version. Only in this way we will be able to face the possible threats that put our device’s working at risk.
But the most important thing is common sense. Most of the times it is necessary for the user to interact with the malware for it to spread. We should always be on guard.