Why does my Windows PC or laptop need protection?
Your Windows PCs must be always connected to the internet to maximize it as a resource, and this makes it vulnerable to various types of online threats. PCs can be compromised, infected with malware, or become a victim of identity theft.
Signs Your Windows PC is Hacked
- Sluggish performance
If your Windows PC has suddenly become slow, and you notice that it takes longer than usual to open files or load applications, it could be a sign of malware or unauthorized processes consuming PC resources.
- Strange pop-ups
If you see unexpected pop-ups on your screen, or your browser is redirecting you to unfamiliar websites, it could be a sign that your browser has been compromised or could be a sign of adware or potentially malicious software on your PC.
- Unexplained CPU or memory usage
If you notice a significant increase in your PC resources usage, even when you're not actively using your PC, it could be an indication that your system is being used to carry out malicious activities.
- Suspicious network activity
If you notice unusual network activity, such data uploads or downloads occurring in the background without your knowledge, or connections to unknown IP addresses, it could be a sign that someone has gained unauthorized access to your PC.
What to do if Your Windows PC is Hacked
Follow these tips to keep your Windows PC secure and protect your personal information. Stay vigilant and proactive in safeguarding your devices and data.
- Disconnect your PC from the Internet
Unplug the network cable or disable Wi-Fi. This will prevent further unauthorize access to your system. The first thing you should do if you suspect your Windows PC has been compromised is to disconnect it from the Internet.
- Scan for malware
Use an antivirus software like Trend Micro Maximum Security to run a full system scan to detect and remove any malware or viruses that may be present on your PC.
- Change your passwords
Your passwords may have been saved on your PC or your accounts are still logged in. Change all your passwords on email accounts, social media, and online banking. Use Trend Micro Password Generator to create strong, unique passwords and enable two-factor authentication.
- Update your software
Make sure your Windows operating system and all your applications are up to date with the latest security patches. This will ensure that any known vulnerabilities are patched, and your system is protected against new threats.
- Contact support for professional help
If you're unsure or require additional assistance to remove malware or restore your system, it is advisable to contact professional help.
Talk to a Trend Micro Support Representative. They can diagnose and fix the problem, and help you take steps to prevent future attacks.