signs that says yieldSo now that we know the difference between Virus’, Malware and PuPs, we can take a peek at when you should know that it’s time to go to a technician. We will also be doing the wrap-up of the series here as well.

Let me start off by saying that these are rules of thumb, you should not take this post as 100% right. Sometimes you will have an infection that does not display anything that I am about to tell you. However, if you see these symptoms, you most likely do have an infection.

The best protection you can have against a computer infection is having a good knowledge of what to avoid while on the internet. This guide covers good practical use, if you want to learn more about how to stay safe from infection while online we recommend reading some more articles online.

Slow computer

Not all computer slow downs are the cause of an infection; low storage space, small amounts of ram and software corruption can all cause slow downs. Most of the time though, really intense slow downs are the cause of an infection

Pop-ups

If you see pop-ups that are located on your desktop, you have an infection. If you see them on EVERY (or close to) website you visit then you probably have an infection. If you have programs that pop-up when you start your computer you probably have an infection and if you have pop-ups that you can’t seem to close, you probably have an infection. Now that my nerd Jeff Foxworthy joke is all out of my system, we can move on.

Programs

I’m just going to list stuff here, it’s pretty simple.

  • Speed up your PC
  • Driver Update
  • Security (that you didn’t install intentionally)
  • Registry Fix
  • Driver Fix
  • Toolbars
  • Programs that require you to pay money
  • Programs that annoy you repeatedly
  • fix your error!

Simply put guys, if you use common sense, you are pretty well protected from infections. There are a few software programs that do help, I personally use Avast! Internet Security – it’s worth paying the little bit extra. Avast! combined with a little common sense can save you a lot of money and heartache.