When it comes to cyber attacks, you must have thought about how to know when your network is attacked or at risk of attacks. The right tools can help you to protect your network from cyberattacks. But to do that, you should recognize the signs of an attack.

So what are the surefire signs of a cyberattack? Find them below:

1.  Computer Runs Slower Than Usual

Is your computer running slower than the average speed or crashing frequently? It can be a sign of someone controlling your computer and using the processing power. The same thing happens with your internet connection. If the internet is slow, it indicates that an external user is accessing your network. A virus slows down your computer, which may slowly respond to commands and infect the system’s other parts.

A virus may execute resource-intensive malicious programs and insert code in the OS, which slows down the performance of other parts. It can damage or delete the most important files hampering your work. You can see the mouse moving without instructions, which indicates hackers controlling your computer and accessing files and data.

2.   Network Works Slow

Extremely slow network performance is a big sign of cyber attacks. Such an attack makes a network resource unavailable to intended users, overwhelming your network with traffic/connections, and preventing genuine traffic. The unavailability of network resources significantly slows down your network performance.

The high volumes of attacks degrade the network performance. A DDoS attack may involve many requests sent to a single server/connection attempt from various IP addresses. If your server hasn’t been set up to handle huge volumes, it won’t be able to respond quickly and provide quick results to users, which may frustrate them.

3.  Computer Restarts Itself

A cyberattack can cause your computer to restart through remote code execution or DLL injection. The attacker sends a command to your computer that makes it run malware, access your system’s memory, and restart it with remote code execution. They introduce malware via an exploit in your computer software/firmware with DLL injection, which changes OS operations.

Other types of cyber attacks can crash your computer and then restart. For instance, if malware gets introduced via an exploit in one of your apps, it can immediately start using all your computer’s resources. The malware will stop the operations and crash your app and other apps.

4.  Receive Never-Seen-Before Messages

The consistent error messages displayed on your computer indicate your hardware/software has some issues. Maybe you are running a program, which needs more RAM than the currently available RAM. Your hard drive may have crashed and your data is no longer accessible.

Reach out to a cyber security expert to stop these messages. They can identify the cause of the display of such messages.

5. Increase in Pop-Up Ads

Malware on your computer can display pop-up ads. You can see weird files on your system that you didn’t create or download yourself. The malware may have been downloaded by clicking any link, running an executable file (.exe), or opening an email attachment.

Malware can create various issues, such as deleting files, encrypting files so you can’t access them, or using your system to send spam emails. It may also slow or crash your computer.

These are the major signs of a cyberattack. Once you see these signs, partner with a managed cyber security vendor and keep yourself safe from future attacks. ManagePoint Technologies offers high-quality cybersecurity services in Ontario. Contact us today for more information.

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