Why are Malware Attacks on WordPress Sites so Common?
So, what drives cybercriminals to infect WordPress sites with malware? What do they get out of it, exactly?
The most common motivation is to create a backdoor into your site that enables them to access important information at any moment. Other common reasons include placing adverts and spam links on your website, as well as collecting backlinks from your blog posts.
Malware is regularly introduced into your website when you install untested free themes and plugins. It might also happen if the security on your website isn't up to standard. The harmful code is frequently placed into your site's stylesheet or footer code, which aren't often amended or checked.
Malware Symptoms on Your WordPress Site
Let's have a look at some of the warning signals that your WordPress site is infected.
Google Issues Warnings
A notification may appear if you or anybody else tries to access your website and it includes malware. If a malware popup opens, visitors will be unable to access your site.
A Blank Wall
Consider yourself lucky if you've never seen WordPress's terrible white screen when something goes horribly wrong. If you've done so recently, it might be an infection sign.
Popups That Appear at Random
A site that randomly shows popups that you haven't installed is a major indicator of malware. None of these popups should be clicked, particularly if you're still logged in to your WordPress account.
A.htaccess File That Has Been Corrupted
If your website continues to redirect to unknown spam URLs, your.htaccess file is compromised.
How to Scan Your WordPress Site for Malware
Here are some steps you may take to avoid malware infections or to stop them in their tracks if they already exist.
Install a Security Plugin if you haven't already.
The bulk of WordPress security plugins nowadays are configured to detect malware. They also provide you the option of doing virus checks at any moment. In most circumstances, though, you'll need the premium version of the plugin. Here are our top security plugin recommendations.
Keep an eye on the number of visitors to your website.
If you see any unusual website activity, such as a sharp increase or decrease in visits, it might be a sign of a malware infection. Make it a point to check your traffic at least once a week to identify any potential infections before they do serious damage.
You've gotten a notification from the Google Search Console.
Google detects website hackers rapidly, so don't discount any Search Console notifications about your site. Most of the time, these notifications are harmless, but you never know when one might be related to malware.
Keep an eye on your site's control panel.
If a hacker acquires access to your website's administrative panel, malware may remain on your site even after you delete it. It's crucial to conduct frequent security audits and keep track of all of your data. You'll be able to easily identify files or users that aren't supposed to be there.
In the event that anything goes wrong with your website, you should always have a backup on hand. Now is the moment to arrange a backup of your site if you haven't already done so.
It's also a good idea to remove any themes or plugins that you don't use or aren't upgrading, since they all represent a malware risk.
Malware Removal from Your WordPress Site
You'll need to clean out and reinstall WordPress, as well as everything else that comes with it, to properly remove malware from your WordPress website – here is where your backup comes in useful.
Our Staff Can Assist You
Malware removal is a time-consuming process that demands patience and knowledge.
To begin, our Eternus Global team will need to go through your site's backup, since corrupted data may already be there. Once we're sure your site is clean, we'll start the restoration process.
We'll have to completely reinstall WordPress, which will include resetting your passwords and permalinks as well as installing any themes, plugins, and images from scratch.
It's also a good idea to check your computer before performing any of this to prevent reinfection.
Unless you've done it before or have the necessary technical knowledge, it's best to leave this to a professional. This guarantees that everything is completed properly the first time around. Please contact us if you need support at any time.