Top 10 Grayware identifiers

Your guide as to whether you’ve been hot by Grayware from network security company Fortinet

Your guide as to whether you’ve been hot by Grayware from network security company Fortinet

1 Your computer is slower. The grayware application is taking more CPU and memory resources and causing the computer to slow down.

2 Your Windows Task Manager reveals that several “unknown” applications are operating.

3 The send/receive lights on your cable/DSL modem or the network/modem icons on the task bar flash to indicate traffic transmitted to and from your computer, even though you are offline.

4 The computer displays pop-up messages and advertisements when it is not connected to the internet or when the browser is not running.

5 The home page on your web browser has been changed mysteriously.

6 Internet Explorer's search engine has been changed from the default setting, and search results are delivered by an unexpected search site.

7 Your web browser’s "favourite" list has been modified and changing it back or removing the new additions does not work.

8 Your search or web browser toolbars are modified and new options are installed. Attempts to remove the toolbar items fail.

9 Your phone bills increase due to numbers (particularly premium services numbers) that you did not use.

10 Your anti-virus, anti-spyware or other security related program stops working. You receive warnings of missing application files and replacing them does not solve the problem.

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