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How do I know if my computer is infected?

Many problems can occur when you computer is infected, because viruses are always mutating.  Therefore, your computer maybe infected with a problem that is not included in the following list.

  1. Numerous windows from your anti-spyware or anti-virus software come up telling you that you are infected.
  2. Numerous advertising pop ups appear on your screen.
  3. When you click on a link you are taken to the wrong site.  Normally, you are taken to an advertisement.
  4. When you perform a search in a search engine such as Google and the results take you to an unexpected site, typically an advertisement.
  5. You begin to hear sounds, voices, or songs and you have nothing open that should be making these noises.
  6. Your computer suddenly begins to run incredibly slow.
  7. All of your email is being directed to somewhere other than your inbox.  Commonly, your deleted items folder.
  8. You begin to experience Blue Screens or other error screens on your computer. However, this could be caused by many other problems.
If you notice that you are having one of these problems, then you should run a scan with the anti-virus program that came installed on your computer. If the problem still persists then you should call VUIT-CAS at 615-322-6950 for faculty and staff.
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