Thursday, May 28, 2020

Virus

A computer virus is a piece of software that when executed (like when you double click a file or open an attachment) copies itself to other computer programs and changes the computer code.  When this succeeds, as it probably will if your antivirus is non-existent or out of date, then you are "infected" with a computer virus. 

Norton Security lists these symptoms of a computer virus:

  • A computer program disappears from its memory, especially if there is no known removal of the program.
  • Unfamiliar music or sounds unexpectedly starts playing through the speakers.
  • Icons appear on the desktop unrelated to any programs that are currently being installed, or new icons seem to appear when no software has been installed.
  • An antivirus program will not run, or a new one will not install properly or at all.
  • Previously installed antivirus programs will suddenly disable and can not be restarted.
  • Files that have been recently opened suddenly have more than one extension, such as .exe, .vbs, .gif, or .jpg.
  • Dialog boxes and menus seem to be distorted or different.
  • Unusual error messages will pop up.
  • Items are not printing correctly.
  • Disk drives or disks become inaccessible.
  • An application or applications are not working correctly.
  • The computer isn’t running as well as usual, or the computer reboots on its own.
  • The computer restarts continuously.
  • The computer locks up frequently or stops responding.
  • The computer seems to be losing processing speed.

Remember, some of these symptoms can be attributed to other factors, such as hardware.  

So what do you do? 

Install and/or update antivirus

Run a thorough scan 

This should remove the virus.  I recommend checking the AV logs for more information.  Contact BSCANS if you need more assistance.