How to Detect a Computer Virus: Common Signs Your Computer Is Infected

Modern computers play a crucial role in various industries and in facilitating automation. But as technology continues to advance, so does the threat of computer viruses. And as the world goes digital, a virus is becoming too alarming to ignore.

A computer virus is a malicious software program that hijacks people’s personal stuff – like your data, identity, your accounts, and even your money. They can come in different forms, but their primary purpose is simple – to cause you and your computer harm. Its consequences can be severe. So it’s necessary to exercise due diligence when detecting one.

In this article, you can learn some common signs your computer is infected. Let’s dive in and learn how to detect a computer virus before it’s too late.

Common Signs of a Computer Virus

A computer virus can go from just infecting files to infecting the entire system. If you notice any of these signs, try running for an antivirus scam to check for potential damages to your computer.

Slowdown in system speed

A slow computer performance doesn’t automatically mean your computer has a virus. But it can be a red flag if it’s taking forever to open programs or load files – as the malware takes up your computer’s processing power. So if the lag is too noticeable and you’re struggling with even the simple tasks, it might be time to increase your cybersecurity measures.

Unwanted pop-up messages

Random pop-up messages that you didn’t ask for are the most accurate signs of a computer virus. Most messages can consist of warnings from fake antivirus software or requests for money. Its job is to grab your attention and invade your peaceful computer experience.

Frequent system crashes

Viruses can cause a computer to have a mind of its own. If your computer often crashes unexpectedly, then chances are viruses are interfering with your computer’s normal functions. The worst situation is that when you turn it back on, the virus has already destroyed all your files and made alterations to your computer.

 

However, not all viruses are designed to make your computer crash. So keep an eye out as some might just be lurking behind your computer files to avoid detection.

Missing files

A malware is well capable of corrupting and deleting data on your computer. And it doesn’t discriminate – it can delete anything from important documents to critical system files and damage your computer’s function. Severe ones are more contagious and spread the virus to other computers through emails.

Emails sent from your account

Cybercriminals often hijack infected computers to spread phishing schemes. If your friends are asking about suspicious links or strange attachments you supposedly sent, it’s a big red flag alert that a cybercriminal is working behind the scenes. These emails are phishing schemes used to spread malware or cause fraud.

Restore Your Computer’s Health

A computer virus mimics a real virus and spreads its influence to the entire brain of your computer’s system. Other viruses can be harmless and unauthorized access might just be as lucky as you can get, but untreated infections like these can extend to severe damages like financial losses.

If your computer is infected with a virus, the best move is to act promptly and seek help from an expert IT service provider. We can help you return your computer’s health to normal. Our team offers virus and malware removal services. Click here for a FREE 10-minute discovery call and we’ll discuss how we can help you.

What Should Small Businesses In Arizona Pay For IT Support And IT Services?

One of the most commons questions we get from new prospective clients calling our office is “What do you guys charge for your IT services?” 

While price certainly needs to be one consideration, it’s extremely important you make an informed decision and choose the right IT services company instead of using price as the main deciding factor. 

This seems obvious, but the reality is that most <<CEOs/CFOs/etc.>> don’t really know what questions to ask or what to look for when choosing one IT company over another and therefore put too much weight on the quote. 

What you want to avoid is getting lured into a lowball quote from an IT company that is in financial trouble, cutting corners to lower their fees to get you as a client, but then unable to afford to hire experienced, knowledgeable techs, dedicated account managers and the security tools they need to ensure YOU are actually getting the security, stability and service you need. 

So, how much is “too much” and what are the signs that someone is underpriced? 

Recently, an industry report from Service Leadership, the leading financial benchmarking organization in the IT services industry, revealed that a whopping 28% of MSPs (managed services providers, or IT services companies) were unprofitable, and nearly half of all MSPs were under 10% net profit. 

While everyone likes a “bargain,” here are the reasons why “cheaper” is not the advantage you think it is when you choose an underpriced IT company: 

  1. They are woefully short-staffed because the biggest expense in any IT company is the technical staff. THAT means if one of their techs quits, they’re quickly overwhelmed and unable to support your account, and response time suffers, not to mention critical security and backup maintenance of your network.
     
  1. The staff they hire are at the lower end of the pay scale, which means you’re not getting the most competent people working on backing up your data, keeping your network secure and handling the critical operations and data your business needs.
     
  1. They are very unlikely to have a dedicated account manager and team to work on your account because they can’t afford to hire them.
     
  1. They are one or two bad months away from going out of business because they have no buffer. That means you could wake up one morning and find yourself without an IT company, scrambling to find a new one.
     
  1. They are not “operationally mature.” Operational maturity means their business has the people and professional processes aligned to provide the highest level of QUALITY services to the end client (you).  

In general, according to Service Leadership, the average “per user” fee for managed IT services is $205.07 to $249.73. Those IT firms with an operational maturity level of below average is $146.08 to $157.49 per “user” (or employee using a computer or device they are supporting).  

As you can see, if someone quotes you $120 a user for managing your network, it might feel like a good deal, but you have to ask yourself how they are able to charge nearly 50% less than IT firms that are operationally mature. The answer is obvious – they’re cutting corners, hiring cheap labor and leaving out critical security and compliance services. 

If you want to know what types of questions you should be asking your IT firm (managed services provider), then click here to download our executive guide, “19 Questions You Should Ask Any IT Company Before Signing A Contract Or Letting Them Touch Your IT.” 

This report discusses in detail exactly what to look for to get exactly what you need without unnecessary extras, hidden fees and bloated contracts. But most importantly, it will show you how to get the right support you want in order to lower your risk and eliminate the frustration of dealing with a less than competent IT company. 

Why Cyber Security Compliance Doesn’t Belong In The IT Department’s Hands

What if you discovered that all of the hard work, investments and time you’ve put into growing your business is at risk due to a failure of your outsourced IT company, or possibly even your well-meaning (but overburdened) IT department? If you were exposed to that level of risk, wouldn’t you want someone to tell you about it? 

 This article is that wake-up call. 

 Over the last several years, the risks associated with cyber security attacks have grown in magnitude. They are no longer a low-probability hazard that will result in a minor inconvenience. Businesses of all sizes and types are getting hacked and losing hundreds of thousands of dollars, or even multiple millions, in addition to suffering significant reputational damage and loss of customer goodwill. For some, it’s a business-ending event. For nearly everyone else, it’s a significant financial disaster that can negatively impact profits and revenue for years.  

 Yet too many CEOs and small business owners are still abdicating critical decisions regarding risk tolerance and compliance policies to their IT company or IT department when these decisions no longer belong there. 

 For example, let’s suppose you have an employee who refuses to comply with strict data security and password policies and continually fails cyber security awareness training, putting your company at risk for a cyber-attack and compliance violation. Should your IT manager or IT company fire this employee? Reprimand them? Is it even their IT department’s job to manage employee behavior with company data and devices? If you say yes, the question is, when was the last time you met with them to specifically address this issue and direct them on how to monitor and manage it? Likely never – or once, a very long time ago. 

 Therein lies the problem. Most CEOs would agree that it’s not up to the IT department to make that call, yet many of these same CEOs leave it entirely up to the IT department (or outsourced IT company) to handle the situation and make decisions about what is allowed, what isn’t, how much risk they want to take, etc.  

 Worse yet, many CEOs aren’t even aware that they SHOULD have such policies in place to ensure your company isn’t compromised or at risk – and it’s not necessarily your IT person’s job to determine what should or shouldn’t be allowed. That’s your job as the CEO. 

 As another example, many companies have invested in cyber liability, ransomware or crime insurance policies to provide financial relief in the event of a cyber-attack and cover the exorbitant legal, IT and related costs that result when such an event occurs. Yet our experience shows that most insurance agents and brokers do not understand and cannot convey to the CEOs they are selling a policy to the IT requirements needed to secure a policy. Therefore, they never advise their client to make sure they get with their IT provider or internal IT to ENSURE the right protocols are in place, or risk having coverage denied for failure to comply with the requirements in the policy they just sold them. 

 When a cyber event occurs and the claim gets denied, whose fault is it? The insurance agent for not warning you? Your IT department or company for not putting in place protocols they weren’t even briefed on? Ultimately, it’s on you, which is why you as the CEO must make sure that decisions impacting the risk to your organization are informed ones, not decisions made by default.  

 Of course, a great IT company will bring these issues to your attention and offer guidance, but most are just keeping the “lights” on and the systems up, NOT consulting their clients on enterprise risk and legal compliance.  

 If you want to make sure your organization is actually prepared for and protected from the aftermath of a cyber-attack, click here to schedule a private consultation with one of our advisors about your concerns. It’s free of charge and may be extremely eye-opening for you. 

A Message From Our CEO

What an experience!

COMPUSHOOTER was one of the exhibitors at the Academy of Osseointegration at the Phoenix Convention Center.

The convention brought together over 2,000 attendees from around the world, including dentists, oral surgeons, periodontists, and implantologists. As a service provider, I had the chance to showcase my business and connect with potential clients.

In addition to exhibiting our services, attending the conference also provided an opportunity to learn about the latest trends and technologies in the industry. This knowledge will enable us to offer better services to our clients and stay ahead of the competition.

As a business owner, I understand that marketing plays a vital role in our success. Events like this not only provide a networking opportunity but also serve as a marketing platform for our business.

Joel Tumulak at Tradeshow

Our IT solutions are specifically designed to meet the needs of dental practices. From services such as cloud computing, cybersecurity, data backup, and disaster recovery to name a few. We help dental clinics streamline their technology to improve patient care, stable practice operations, and enhance overall productivity.  

CompuShooter at Tradeshow

 Here at COMPUSHOOTER, we take care of your IT so you can focus on providing quality care for your patients. 

Academy Of Osseointegration Annual Meeting

Tradeshow

Are you participating at the Academy of Osseointegration Annual Meeting at the Phoenix Convention Center?

Join us at Booth 248. We’d love to meet you!

I am thrilled to be part of this Annual Meeting. It is such an exciting opportunity for us to connect with dental clinic owners and dental care professionals.

Visit us at our booth and get your FREE DARKWEB SCAN. It’s our way to give back to the community. This FREE scan will search for any instances of stolen credentials or sensitive information belonging to the clinic. If any information is found, our team will provide recommendations on how to mitigate the risk and protect against potential future attacks.

We understand that cyber threats are a growing concern for dental clinics, and we want to help you proactively protect your business and your patients’ information. Our IT solutions are tailored to the unique needs of dental clinics, and we are committed to providing exceptional service and support.

Visit the COMPUSHOOTER booth, you will also get the chance to receive a FREE IT consultation. Our team will take the time to get to know your business and understand its unique needs.

We know that attending a conference can be overwhelming, with so many booths and vendors vying for your attention. That’s why we’re committed to providing you with a stress-free, no-pressure environment. We’re here to answer your questions, provide you with valuable insights, and help you make informed decisions about your IT needs.

We’re looking forward to meeting you and learning more about your business!