You may not know it, but your computer could have been hijacked and under the control of hackers right now. They may be using it to spy on you, steal your personal information, or even use it to commit crimes. If you’re concerned that your computer has been hijacked, don’t worry – we’re here to help. In this blog post, we’ll discuss how to tell if your computer has been hijacked, what to do if you have malware installed on your system, and how to prevent malware from getting onto your computer in the first place.
Malware stands for malicious software. It may be either spyware or a virus. The purpose is to cause your device to crash or spy on your online activity. The thief uses malware to collect your passwords.
How to know if your computer has been hijacked?
Your computer slows down, crashes or displays repeated error messages; won’t shut down or restart; lots of pop-ups; sends emails you didn’t compose; new toolbars, re-direct to webpages you don’t want; or changes your home page.
Malware can install on your computer, phone, iPod, and any other device that connects to the Internet.
What should I do if my computer has been hijacked?
If you suspect you have malware, immediately stop shopping, banking, and using online sites that require passwords such as email. Do a scan for malware. If you do find malware, remove it immediately.
Never buy software security from a company that claims they scanned your computer and found problems. This is a scam. They can’t scan your computer without your permission. If they did scan your computer, they used malware to do it.
For steps to take to get rid of unwanted malware, visit OnGuard Online .
If you get malware, the FTC wants to know. File a complaint at www.ftc.gov/comp
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How can I prevent my computer from being hijacked?
The best defense against malware is keeping your browser and security software up to date. Never click on a link unless you know what is being linked. Only download from sites you trust. Block pop-ups and never click on a link found in a pop-up.
You should also have an anti-malware program installed on your system that can block malicious software before it has a chance to run.
By following these simple tips, you can help keep your computer safe from hijackers and malware. If you think your system may have been compromised, don’t hesitate to run a scan and take action to remove any malicious software. And remember – always be vigilant about the websites you visit and the email attachments you open.
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