Sluggish performance and computer crashes happen when a program (either an application or part of the operating system) stops performing its expected function and stops responding to other parts of the system. Often the offending program may simply appear to freeze. If your PC is crashing frequently, it may be the result of malware symptoms that have gone undetected on your system. Malicious threats such as spyware and computer viruses may be at work, tracking your activities, tampering with your files and stealing personal information.
You visit a Web site, open an email message or download a picture. Somewhere in your normal online computing activities, malware silently loads itself onto your computer. Once on your PC, it sets up shop by installing itself in many places. This makes it difficult to remove and can lead to disruption of all the files and programs to which malware has attached itself.
Malware in action can consume a substantial amount of your computer’s memory, leaving limited resources for other legitimate programs to use. This can lead to extremely sluggish performance of vital programs, like your Internet browser or operating system and a slow PC overall.
The most noxious malware can cause more than inconvenient disruptions. It can bring your PC crashing down to a grinding halt by:
With all these malware symptoms wreaking havoc on your PC, you can never count on programs to run properly or files to remain intact. Eventually you may not even be able to open programs or start your computer at all.
The best way to avoid PC performance problems is to prevent malware infections in the first place. Products like Webroot Internet Security Essentials and Webroot AntiVirus with Spy Sweeper guard against malware entering your computer and prevent it from slowing your PC through damage to your files and programs. A good anti-malware program searches every place on your PC where spyware and viruses can hide and removes every trace to boost your PC performance. While free anti-spyware and antivirus downloads are available, they just can’t keep up with the continuous onslaught of new malware strains. Malware symptoms that have gone undetected can often do the most damage to your PC, so it’s critical to have up-to-the-minute, guaranteed protection.