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Your Computer Is Infected - A Frightening Message

If you've recently seen a pop-up alert from your computer suggesting "Your Computer Is Infected," you may be a little scared. After all, most of our modern worlds depend on our PCs, and an alert message saying that they are infected can be rather scary. What are you to do? First, be sure to sort out the real messages from those that just purport to know what they are talking about.

The Good, the Bad, and The Wrong

There are computer users everyday seeing a warning balloon that says something akin to "Your Computer Is Infected." The real question, though, is whether or not it truly is. Unfortunately, there are a number of rogue antispyware / antivirus programs out there that suggest your machine has an infection when it truly doesn't. They are a form of adware that use deceptive tactics to goad users into buying a product. You might notice some of these tactics when you're dealing with a fake warning notification.

If you do have an actual spyware or virus threat, the only program that will warn you about it is an installed, trusted antivirus or antispyware program, and unless you have one that runs all of the time in the background, the only way you'll know about this threat is when you physically scan the machine or you've set it up for periodical scanning.

To Click or Not To Click . . .

So, you've gotten the message "Your computer is infected. Click here to fix the problem." Should you click? Absolutely not. Clicking on the advertisement or the notification balloon might take you to an unsecured internet location. Not only will you be subjected to more scare tactics about your computer's infection, you may also be subjected to the downloading of even more malicious programs, with or without your permission - usually without. As a result, if you can avoid the temptation of clicking on the messages your new adware friend is sending you, it's a really good idea.

How Will I Know?

Understanding whether or not the "Your Computer Is Infected" message is real is fairly simple. The tactics are basic ones. But if you get a message like that, is your computer infected anyway? The simple answer is yes - though it's probably not as infected as you might think it is. In most cases, you've got a bit of an adware infection, and that's far less difficult to deal with than other kinds of computer problems, but it is also far more annoying. Here are some other symptoms of an adware infection

 

What Do I Do?

If you do start to get "Your Computer Is Infected" messages, the best thing to do is find an antispyware/antivirus program that you can rely on. Enigma's SpyHunter and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (Malwarebytes has free malware removal) are two great choices for removing this type of problem, but there are many of them out there. Read some reviews and forum postings to see which one might be right for you. Update your definition files regularly, and be sure to schedule weekly scans of your computer. The messages will stop right away, and you'll be able to use your machine safely and effectively.



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