Working on a system has some old age connections attached to it or perhaps it just is a sturdier reliable way to work. Not to mention it comes with a complete ritual; one sits down for a few hours determined not to get up without completing the intended accompanied by a hot cup of coffee.
And this is all fine and dandy, but with the advancement of the tech world, there has been an unfortunate rise in malware and spyware problems- – and computer systems seem to be the most susceptible to them. Drive by downloads and backdoor exploits have made more than one computer user cringe and stock up on security programs. But of course, one can manually diagnose what’s happening on a computer system as well with a few easy steps.
#1. Check Browser Settings
A lot of times viruses or malware that has been downloaded affects your internet and hence your browser. To check whether this has happened, you can manually look through your browser settings to see if anything has been changed. If this is the case or if you see that there have been some add-ons that you did not authorize, your browser has probably been infected by malware. Other indications of this would include a changed homepage, mouse, or search engine.
#2. Turn on the Internet
If your system has been infected with malware, chances are that it isn’t going to allow you to have a smooth internet experience. If web addresses fail or your browser suddenly stops working in the middle of running a webpage, then you have reason to be wary. Other indications of a malware diagnosis are that internet pop-ups keep appearing on your system even without any internet connection.
#3. Assess System Speed
If your PC becomes super slow, the most common reasons are that it is a hardware problem. However, if you run all hardware checks and the problem is software related, it may be due to malware. Often a time this may be an unconventional sort of malware such as a keylogger which goes undetected by your regular antivirus. It may not show up on your scans but its presence would affect your computer’s speed or performance anyway.
#4. Check Apps and Files
If your system is giving you problems related to apps and files, then the diagnosis is most likely malware. The most obvious indication of this would be that the Start Menu or Desktop begins experiencing trouble running. This is because malware files are most likely corrupting them. Also, files may begin disappearing, which are a surefire sign that you need to take immediate remedial action to restore your system.
#5. Run a Full System Scan
After checking out all you can manually, in order to diagnose your system, you will need to run a full system scan. Sometimes malware problems are too severe to diagnose just by checking out your basic tasks. Any antivirus will do the job but if you can get your hands on a good one, chances of detecting malware and spyware like software to monitor computer activities also increases.