Malware on your WordPress site? Here’s how to fix it!

At the beginning of 2012 I was unlucky enough to have quite a few Wordpres sites hacked and infected with Malware. This meant that anyone visiting them was seeing a rather nasty message telling them that my sites shouldn’t be accessed and could infect the users computer. Not nice… not nice at all.

After 2 weeks of trying to sort this out with my hosts, I turned to Twitter for help. And Twitter users were very helpful. Lots of people pointed me to tutorials on how to fix it myself, which would have been great had I understood any of them (my lack of knowledge not bad tutorials I hasten to add!)

What I wanted was someone who could help me, not charge me the earth, and get my sites up and running again.

In came my knight on a white steed, Keiron Skillett from BetterWebSpace – within an hour we’d chatted on Skype, sorted out what the issue was, and he set about fixing it. 3 hours later it was sorted, and within a couple of days the warnings had disappeared. I didn’t have to mortgage my house to fix it, there was no drama, he took over and sorted it, leaving me free to run my business.

Of course, you may not want to pay someone to sort it for you (although I would hazard a guess that the money you’re losing by having a hacked website is much less than Keiron would charge to fix it), in which case, here is a great tutorial on how to fix it yourself.

Once you’re fixed, you’ll want to make sure your WordPress install is secure and hopefully unhackable – Blogmistress Babs Saul has some great posts on this here: Securing WordPress.

It’s a fact of life that there are nasty people out there exploiting every hole they can in your WordPress security, but with the help of Keiron (on Twitter at @Keiron

) and the tips from Babs, you’ll be well on your way to fixing that malware issue and making sure it doesn’t happen again.

 

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Has your WordPress blog been hacked? Ours was! Find out if yours is now!

A few weeks ago we suffered at the hands of hackers – they’ve been targeting popular SEO sites, so maybe i should have been flattered?

Well I would have been if they hadn’t decided to place ads for all sorts of things I didn’t want my readers seeing ads for!

Withe the help of friendly ecademist Nick Braak we soon got the site up and running again (although we’re still working to add in some pages that were lost).

There’s a great tip on blogstorm today telling you how to use Google Alerts to find out if you have been hacked.

They quote Matt Cutts as saying:

2008 will be the year that hacking and search engine optimization (SEO) collide in a major way. By the end of the year, a nontrivial fraction of blackhat SEO will involve illegally hacking sites for links or landing pages.

One webhost will get a significant black eye as hundreds or thousands of customers’ websites are hacked. The growth of illegal-blackhat SEO will leave traditional blackhats with a difficult choice: risk doing something illegal or sit out.

Scary stuff – pop over to Blogstorm to read how to find out if your site has been hacked.

Don’t forget you can follow me on Twitter – Nikki Pilkington on Twitter

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