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Common virus symptoms

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Lots of pop-ups

They might encourage you to visit unusual sites or download unfamiliar software.

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Frequent crashes

Your device can freeze or crash due to hard drive damage from a virus.

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Mass emails being sent in your name

Everyone’s worst nightmare: A cyberthief sends mass emails in your name.

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Your password suddenly changes

Unusual stuff happens, like a password change, that keep you from logging in.

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Slow computer

If your computer suddenly starts running slowly, it could be a virus.

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Your homepage is different

Your homepage defaults to a different website or you can’t reset it.

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FAQ

Even in 2021, viruses are still persistent threats. A virus infection is harmful software triggered by performing common tasks such as opening an email attachment, launching an infected program, or viewing an ad on a malicious site. Viruses self-replicate by modifying or completely replacing files.

Viruses are a type of malware. Malware’s focus is all about making money off you. Although it can’t damage the physical hardware of your device or network equipment, it can steal, encrypt, or delete your data, alter or hijack core computer functions, and spy on your activity.

The best way to protect against a virus infection and malware is to use a legitimate antivirus and anti-malware solution such as Malwarebytes Premium which not only cleans up viruses but other threats, too. It’s powered by artificial intelligence and machine learning to keep your device safe. Malwarebytes Essential offers browser and VPN protection in addition to antivirus/anti-malware if you're looking for all three. 

Windows 10 comes with Microsoft Defender, which does provide some virus protection. You can use Malwarebytes in addition to Windows Defender to be confident that you have virus protection for your Windows PC, and our Basic and Essential plans enable you to protect multiple devices on not only Windows, but Mac, Chromebook, Android, and iOS devices as well. If you're a PC user and you're getting ready for Windows 11 to come out later this year, rest assured that we are getting ready too and will have Windows 11 antivirus protection ready when it launches. 

Macs are still vulnerable to viruses—even though it’s often believed they’re immune. The Mac operating system is more secure against the threat of viruses and malware than Windows, but malware can still sneak in.

The best course of action is to protect your device with antivirus/anti-malware software. Malwarebytes Essential offers protection for Mac computers (as well as other operating systems). 

Yes, mobile devices, such as Android devices, can be infected by viruses and the same kind of malware found on PCs. Unfortunately, most users don’t realize this and don’t take steps to protect themselves.

As a result, their online security is compromised, because they aren’t using a solution that provides virus protection for mobile devices. Malwarebytes Essential offers protection for Android and iOS devices (plus PC, Mac, and Chromebook). 

To protect all of your devices, you'll want to look for a plan that covers all the devices in your household, including PC, Mac, Chromebook, Android, iPhones, and iPads. This means that whether you're working on your computer, your kids are watching videos on your smartphone or tablet, or whatever your family is doing on any of your devices, you have protection. Computer viruses by nature replicate from device to device, so ensuring that you have virus protection on all your devices helps to protect your whole family against online threats. 

Malwarebytes Premium and Malwarebytes Essential both include the antivirus and anti-malware protection. Malwarebytes Essential also adds browser protection and our VPN as part of the plan. With Malwarebytes Essential, in addition to malware and virus protection for your devices, you get up to 4x faster web browsing while protecting your online privacy with our next-gen VPN, too. 

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