Virus Identification

  Visu 08:48 21 Oct 07

How can I decide whether my PC has been infected by Virus ?

Are there any symptoms that can quickly point to virus infection ?

Please inform me.

  sah1157 09:02 21 Oct 07

do you have any anti-virus or other security programmes installed?

  Visu 09:21 21 Oct 07

Yes, I have installed Mc Afee, AVG and Avast Anti virus along with up-to-date virus definition. But, I want to diagnose virus by any particular symptoms.

Vishnu Thakor

  Technotiger 09:22 21 Oct 07

You most definitely should have only ONE anti-virus program on your pc - otherwise they will clash and cause lots of problems.

  skidzy 09:23 21 Oct 07

Do NOT install more than one anti virus !! you will receive conflicts !

Some advice and free programs click here

  Technotiger 09:27 21 Oct 07

G'day M8, you beat me to it, I was gonna show your same link :-)

  mfletch 11:18 21 Oct 07

Symptoms of a computer virus
If you suspect or confirm that your computer is infected with a computer virus, obtain the current antivirus software. The following are some primary indicators that a computer may be infected: • The computer runs slower than usual.
• The computer stops responding, or it locks up frequently.
• The computer crashes, and then it restarts every few minutes.
• The computer restarts on its own. Additionally, the computer does not run as usual.
• Applications on the computer do not work correctly.
• Disks or disk drives are inaccessible.
• You cannot print items correctly.
• You see unusual error messages.
• You see distorted menus and dialog boxes.
• There is a double extension on an attachment that you recently opened, such as a .jpg, .vbs, .gif, or .exe. extension.
• An antivirus program is disabled for no reason. Additionally, the antivirus program cannot be restarted.
• An antivirus program cannot be installed on the computer, or the antivirus program will not run.
• New icons appear on the desktop that you did not put there, or the icons are not associated with any recently installed programs.
• Strange sounds or music plays from the speakers unexpectedly.
• A program disappears from the computer even though you did not intentionally remove the program

Note These are common signs of infection. However, these signs may also be caused by hardware or software problems that have nothing to do with a computer virus

Run Antivirus/Antispyware scans to check,


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