Malware is a sneaky cybersecurity threat everyone with a PC should watch out for. Like a thief in the night, cybercriminals are lurking everywhere, waiting for someone to fall prey to their stealthy tactics. Knowing the initial signs of malware can prevent an attack, but having a safe, reliable, and secure laptop like the HP ProBook 455 G8 can add strong security padding and protection against these threats.
Here are the initial signs of a laptop infected with malware.
- Popup ads. Malicious websites with encrypted codes often hide in the guise of advertisements. Seeing more of them than usual? Be careful. That could be a telltale sign.
- Mysterious posts on social media. Social networking sites are not that safe from malware. Cyber criminals use fake posts with an attention-grabbing statement, like “Whoa! What happened to you here?” to lure victims. Clicking the malicious link gives the opportunity for cyber criminals to attack.
- Disabled system tools. Hackers often stealthily maneuver their way into a user’s settings to disable system tools. Any surprising prompt that indicates the Administrator has turned off other system tools tells of the possible presence of malware.
- Everything seems perfectly normal. This is the scary part — how everything seems to be OK. Cyber attackers try their best to hide all malicious activity to the unsuspecting eyes of a user. In some cases, a Remote Access Trojan is already in the system, gathering valuable files and data.
Knowing the signs of malware in a PC is good, but preventing even the slightest sign of malware is even better. Do it with a powerful PC, like the HP ProBook 455 G8.
Protect personal files and confidential data with the help of the ProBook’s commercial-grade features, like the HP BIOSphere, which is an ecosystem of security, like automated protections and customizable safeguards to defend a PC against attacks.
The laptop also boasts of the HP Sure Click that traps malware found in websites and read-only Microsoft Office and PDF files and keeps them in…