Viruses and Malware

Might Your Computer Be Infected?

Certain symptoms may indicate that a computer is infected with viruses, worms, Trojans, spyware, adware and/or malware.  The following list depicts some of the more usual symptoms:

  • Computer runs very slowly. 
  • Stops responding or locks up often.
  • Crashes and restarts every few minutes.
  • Restarts on its own and then fails to run normally.
  • Browser is redirected to another web site (hijacked browser).
  • Applications don’t work properly.
  • Inability to install applications.
  • Inability to access files and folders.
  • Disk drives are inaccessible.
  • Unusual/constant error messages appear.
  • Menus and/or dialog boxes are distorted.   
  • Advertising Pop-Ups appear, even when not in a browser.

It can take CIT staff days to clean up infected computers and restore data.  In some cases, data restoration may not even be possible.  If your college-owned office computer becomes infected (faculty and staff only), we will perform a "wipe and reinstall", which means we will wipe the computer clean and restore a basic setup.  It  is imperative that you keep a current backup of your computer at all times.  See information on our website on establishing routine backups.