10 signs that you have been hacked.
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For some, these 10 signs will seem obvious - well, congratulations, it's not so easy to fool you.
Today, the possibility of hacking has become almost as common as breathing, and it is becoming increasingly difficult to understand whether your computer has been hacked or not.
Fraudsters usually try not to leave traces of their actions, and sometimes they are simply almost impossible to notice. Thus, they can come back to you several times to do more harm. But how do you know when you were hacked?
There are many indicators that can tell you that a hacker may have gained access to a computer. There are ten common symptoms that you should pay attention to and respond immediately in case of any deviations.
Anti-virus and / or firewall are turned off
This should be monitored first. The easiest indicator.
Once a hacker weakens the security of your computer, he is more likely to carry out various attacks on you.
At first glance, you won’t even be able to detect that your antivirus has been compromised, as hackers can simply cause a “bug” or “error” and mask its disabling in this way.
If you see that any security software (anti-virus, anti-spam, Windows firewall) behaves strangely - for example, it starts and then disappears, or even does not work, or constantly collapses - this is not just a mistake; this is most likely the first sign of hacking.
This problem can usually be solved by disconnecting from the Internet, restarting the computer in safe mode and launching an offline security scan; the worst case is system recovery.
- Fake notifications from antivirus
Fake antivirus warnings are the second sure sign that your computer has been hacked. This suggests that it is important to know how your antivirus warnings actually look.
Even worse, this symptom is that by the time you see it, the "damage" from the hacker has already been received by you.
What is going on here? Everything is very simple - hackers release malicious software that uses unused software on your computer to thoroughly exploit your system.
Pressing the “Cancel” or “No” button to stop fake virus scans may not be useful at this point, because most likely you will be asked to buy a new antivirus product. And when you click on this link, you are redirected to a fake site, with a bunch of reviews and other valid scam.
Then guess what? You will be asked to enter your credit information to purchase an “update” of the antivirus ... We don’t think it’s worth explaining further.
What to do?
Force shut down the program (via the task manager), then restart the computer in safe mode, without a network, and try to remove the newly installed software. When this is done, check your computer after rebooting in the standard configuration and make sure that there are no warnings from fake antivirus programs. Drive away all normal antiviruses. Clean your registry as well.
- Change passwords on the network
If for some reason your password for the website is rejected as incorrect, but you have not changed it and you are sure that you entered it correctly, most likely you were hacked.
When they gain access to your account, hackers can change the password to block you from logging in and even change the email associated with the login, effectively blocking you from the support service.
As a rule, phishing is used for this. How to protect ourselves from him, we wrote earlier.
The hacker collects information for entering the system, changes the password and continues to use the service for his activities, such as identity theft.
Of course, in this case, you need to write to all sapport and urgently change your password, providing all kinds of proofs for owning one or another account.
- Strange mailings from your mailbox / account in a social network
Do your friends complain that you sent them an unusual letter or a strange message on a social network? There is a possibility that your machine sends malicious emails as a result of hacking or that your email account was also hacked.
Of course, all that is sent is either spam or phishing links.
What to do?
Everything is simple. We remove all unwanted and strange software from our computer. We use antivirus, various cleaners and more. MEANS CHANGING THE PASSWORD THERE, WHERE THE NEWSLETTER IS GOING FROM.
- Detecting programs that you did not install
It’s more complicated here. The fact is that none of us reads a license agreement, from which it is clear whether it is fake or not, whether there are any additional programs during installation, etc. The second - we stupidly forget to remove the checkmarks from the installation.
Amigo and Yandex Bar infuriate you too? We wrote how to remove this [censored] forever from your computer here.
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