How to know if your PC is being hacked?

By: Brooke M. Perry

Many of us become the victim of computer hacking who break into our PC by bypassing the security arrangements in a bid to steal or destroy important personal, financial and business-related information and data. You can be ruined literally if these hackers access your credit card information, e-mails, passwords and other professional documents. Although it is not possible to avoid viruses, malware and hackers when you are online but yes you can off course avoid being victims of such malicious elements.

In this article we are discussing below the tips that help you know if someone is trying to hack your PC.

Tip – 1

If your PC is booting twice instead of once while you reboot your PC then you should suspect a hacker working on to hack your PC. Your PC boots up twice because the hacker is trying to boot his server in a bid to access your Windows or Mac PC. This is the reason why your PC boots up twice and the startup screen also appears twice when you reboot it. Another important symptom of your PC being hacked or virus infected is the abrupt shutdown of your PC. If your PC reboots or shuts down without any initiation from your side, then it is fairly probable that it is targeted by a hacker. In such as case, you are neither allowed to launch any program nor access the ‘Task Manager’. Therefore you are left with no options but to terminate the program that keeps running in the background.

Tip – 2

There are various other symptoms that indicate PC hacking, and browser hijacking is one of the leading among them. Because of this problem, when you open your web browser, you are taken to some other website by your browser instead of your home page. While you enter your search query in the search bar you are redirected to websites that you had never browsed nor searched for. These webpages or websites may contain porn or are malicious websites that may prompt you to download adult materials or fake antivirus removal software. Moreover, if your browser has got a new add-in, plug-in or toolbar that you didn’t install then it clearly means that your browser as well as computer has been hijacked. Once your PC gets hijacked, you won’t be able to see your usual plug-ins, add-ins or toolbars.

Tip – 3

In case your CD or DVD-ROM drive opens without your initiation then you should suspect hackers. Moreover, hacking attempts on your PC may lead to missing icons like Network Places, antivirus or Outlook icons that usually appear on your desktop. If your PC is showing a different date and time, time zone settings and daylight savings unless you have made changes to them then it may be caused because of a malware.

Tip – 4

You can easily detect hacking attempts if you are having firewall programs installed on your PC. The firewall lets you know if someone is working to hack your PC. To do this you have to simply open the firewall program or the antivirus software and check whether it has made any entry of malicious program that has accessed your PC in a bid to setup the server on your PC. If the antivirus icon program is missing from your computer or it is not opening up then it implies that the security of your PC has been compromised.

Tip – 5

You can detect hacking attempts and presence of viruses and malware on your PC by running a virus scan from your antivirus program. During PC scan, if you are getting multiple files with random names which you have not stored or installed on your PC, then it is an obvious indication of viruses or hackers on your system. Moreover, if the CPU usage shows maximum i.e., 100 percent for even a small process like Internet Explorer.exe then also hackers or malware could be rampant on your PC.

Above discussed are the symptoms that indicate the hacking or infection of your PC. The article also contains suggestions and appropriate tips using which you can detect such malicious programs and remove them before they cause any harm to your applications and programs.

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Hi! I am Brook M. Perry, a prolific blog writer and keen author of articles related to remote computer support and solution for issues related to computers and mobile devices. Being associated with the reputed best pc tuneup service provider Qresolve, I have resolved thousands of tech issues for our customers from worldwide. Computer virus removal My areas of interest are PC security, endpoint security system, router support etc.

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