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Six Signs That You Have Been Hacked

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  1. Your anti-malware software, Task Manager, or Registry Editor is disabled and can't be restarted - This is a huge sign of malicious compromise. If you notice that your anti-malware software is disabled and you didn't do it, you're probably exploited -- especially if you try to start Task Manager or Registry Editor and they won't start, start and disappear, or start in a reduced state. This is very common for malware to do.
  2. Unwanted browser toolbars & redirected Internet searches - Your browser has multiple new toolbars with names that seem to indicate the toolbar is supposed to help you. Unless you recognize the toolbar as coming from a very well-known vendor, it's time to dump the bogus toolbar. Many hackers make their living by redirecting your browser somewhere other than you want to go. The hacker gets paid by getting your clicks to appear on someone else's website, often those who don't know that the clicks to their site are from malicious redirection. In general, if you have bogus toolbar programs, you're also being redirected.
  3. Your online passwords suddenly change - If one or more of your online passwords suddenly change, you've more than likely been hacked -- or at least that online service has been hacked.
  4. Your friends receive fake emails from your email account - These days, malware programs and hackers often pull email addresses and contact lists from social media sites.
  5. Fake antivirus messages - Fake antivirus warning messages are among the surest signs that your system has been compromised. Clicking No or Cancel to stop the fake virus scan is too little, too late. The malicious software has already made use of unpatched software, often the Java Runtime Environment or an Adobe product, to completely exploit your system.
  6. Frequent random popups - When you're getting random browser pop-ups from websites that don't normally generate them, your system has been compromised.

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