There’s very little to argue on the fact that Antiviruses alone cannot help you stay secure, or even escape from a hack. As well as, the Anti-malware programs today can’t keep up with all the emerging malware threats today – there comes a new Malware on the web almost every week if not daily.
Malware and other intrusions have been able to enable the hackers to hack the system monitoring, virtual environments or even Ram usage statistics of users’ computer worldwide. Ransomware, a form of Malware attack in which the hacker typically locks the files of effected computer with their malware and asks for the money to unlock it again – it’s a clear sign that your computer has been compromised.
But apart from such cases, there’re many cases where a user even don’t know if he has been hacked or not, he just continues his computer usage unknowingly. So, in this article we’re going to highlight some of the major signs of a hack to give you a better idea that what your device’s current behavior tells you. Let’s get in!
How do I confirm if I’m been hacked really?
Following are some major symptoms of your computer in hacked state, check these out and see if you’re experiencing any of these weird things on your device.
Fake antivirus banners
One of the certain signs of your computer getting hacked is hoax antivirus warnings. Although this hacking technique is pretty old now when compared to all the modern methods of hacking being used by bad actors today, but still, many folks tend to fall in prey of it.
Now it’s very interesting and quite laughable how this works. It doesn’t affect target’s computer at first that much, rather than the hassle of unwanted warnings coming up. But, as it displays a warning box with a link to click for purchasing the Antivirus – when someone clicks on it, they’re directed to a very well organized page. The users fills in his billing information, and hence, those info gets compromised as well.
Frequent popup ads
Not just these are annoying for you, the situation also refers to the possible sign of hacking. So, uninstalling unwanted plugins, toolbars and add-ons will go a long way for you. It will help you keep safe from possible malicious infection, as well as will help you escape from all the pop-up ads’ hassle that no one wants to handle.
Changes in your online passwords
There are two possible scenarios here. One among them is that you suddenly see your passwords of the online services you use have been changed, the chances are you’re hacked! Or in second case, your online service provider itself could have been hacked and hence your password gets into the hands of hackers.
Such scenarios mostly are a result out of the phishing scams, where a user unknowingly enters his private info into a genuine looking form or clicks an authentic looking link within an email sent to him.
Your antivirus software or task manager refuses to start
Most of the times, the very first target of injected malwares on a computer is to target and destroy the functionality of an Antivirus and fundamental program (like task manager, windows manager etc.) in order to take complete control over the victim’s PC.
So, if you’re unable to make your Antivirus software work or not been successful to start your task manager (which is achieved by pressing alt+ctrl+delete together) – you more likely have been hacked.
Your mouse doesn’t obey your fingers anymore
Now it can’t get clear than this that your mouse is living its own life, and making moves and clicks at its own – wow! So, if you ever notice your mouse clicking without you pressing your finger or it keeps moving every now and then at its will – look no further, you’ve been hacked. Now in this case, please check your mouse for possible hardware issues, who knows your baby might have dropped it right from the computer table at surface when you weren’t there 🙂