Computers are notoriously fickle creatures. They slow down, sputter and stumble through your favorite sites at will. No matter how new your computer is, it can still be a victim of random slowdowns and crashes. Usually, these aren't anything to worry about. In most cases, the problem is relatively easy to fix.
However, the problem might go deeper than just random, buggy performance. It's possible that your computer woes are the result of a nasty virus. How can you tell the difference? Here are five of the most common symptoms of computer viruses. If your computer shows one or more of these, you're probably infected.
1. Pop up ads litter your computer - Running into a pop-up ad while you're surfing used to be a serious problem. However, modern browsers include pop-up protection to keep these annoyances away.
If you're still seeing pop-ups, it could just be a badly-configured browser. However, if pop-ups are coming at you when your browser isn't even open, it's likely you have a virus. This is especially true if the pop-ups advertise some magic cure-all to your "virus woes"