When google finds a malicious code or redirect on your website. Google sometime place the warning for its users “This site may be hacked” message. The purpose google adds this warning is just to protect its users from visiting any dangerous website.
Its very important to keep your website always updated according all latest requirements. To keep any unwanted code or page redirection on your website. In case google detect anything which is dangerous while crawling your website. Google simply would place “This site may be hacked” message. On its search results to alert or warn its users before they get into any trouble.
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Before google again visit your website and find the problem again. Google can take more serious actions against your website and even can de-index. So fix the problem “This site may be hacked” message asap!
Tip: Always have a good antivirus on computer you sign in FTP or admin panels. Keep un trusted extensions in browser away from you!
Hire an Expert to fix “This site may be hacked” message
If you don’t know what to do, you should not waste your time. Contact a WordPress expert immediately before it harm more to your website. We charge only 39$ to fix hacked websites. And remove the message “This site may be hacked” message.
In case you want our WordPress maintenance service then price can be lower.
What Does “This site may be hacked” message Mean?
Message means only that google have detected some hack code or file on your web server. There are various ways hackers attack a site. Sometime they inject a bad code in website pages. Sometime they add new files to web server. So google adds the message for its users to warn them about a hacked website ahead.
Impacts of “This site may be hacked” message
The first bad impact you already have got is the warning whenever someone sees your website on google. This site may be hacked message.
- Damage your goodwill
- Can harm your visitors by stealing their privacy
- Illegal installation of software on your users systems
- Continuous ban from web host as your website can be threat to other hosted sites on that web host.
- You are losing visitors, customers, revenue and they would refrain to do business with your company in future also
- Getting blacklisted from search engines and many other services
Any kind of malware on your website is something you should get rid from, asap! Contact us for help!
What caused the “This site may be hacked” message in WordPress website?
Let’s talk about WordPress cause its a very popular CMS and used by more than 54% websites. Well WordPress is a very popular CMS which is widely used for not only blogging websites. But now also eCommerce, business portfolios, photography and almost all kind of websites are being built in WordPress.
While WordPress is so popular and easy to use this is not only the number one choice of users. The WordPress is also a number one choice of hackers cause entering into a 1 website opens door in millions. So hackers are continuously trying to crack WordPress. That’s the reason WordPress release frequent updates which mostly are security related.
Furthermore as you know WordPress tries its best to keep itself secure but there are some other factors which users ignore and they get hacked or infected by malware.
- The PHP version isn’t as per recommendation
- Theme in use was nulled or pirated which had back door.
- Author of theme left something vulnerable in theme.
- Plugins aren’t updated with last 3 major WordPress releases
- A Plugin makes your website vulnerable if that have bad security
- Not strong WordPress password which can be cracked easily
- WordPress isn’t kept updated and installing plugins for anywhere
So any kind of such things can happen and the site can provide a backdoor to the hackers. We try to explain you what happened and we also make sure the backdoor to hackers is closed properly! Contact us
How to Fix “This site may be hacked” message
Well if you want to cleanup your website manually then its very simple follow these steps.
- Make sure you have PHP 7.4 or above
- Delete wp-admin, wp-includes directories
- Delete all WordPress files just keep wp-config.php
- Make sure you have wp-content/ wp-config.php
- Now analyse your wp-config.php and .htaccess for any bad code
- Delete all Unused WordPress themes and if you have updated copy of your installed theme upload that via FTP deleting your theme via FTP also.
- Delete all untrusted plugins
- Delete all inactive plugins and also plugins which are not updated for long time.
- Now download your wp-content/ folder and check each folder if you find anything weird.
- Upload wp-admin/ wp-includes/ and all other files and test again.
For more details how to fix redirect malware in website click here.
If you want to clean your website by help of some malware scanners and other systems try these steps.
1. Verify the Status of Your Website in Safe Browsing
To verify that your site does indeed have a problem, you can manually test your site against the Google Safe Browsing tool.
If you’re using Google Search Console, Google will also send you a notice in Search Console whenever they add one of your sites to the Safe Browsing list. That means they gives warning on your website.
2. Find the Malicious Code That’s Causing the Problem
When your website have warning on it or you detect something your website shouldn’t do. There are high chances your website is infected and have a malware which it shouldn’t.
If by luck you already have been using Google search console. They must have sent you details that your website is infected so clean up your site and resubmit.
Google Search Console for Malware detection
Google search console provides some sample URL’s not all if your whole site is infected. So taking those sample URL’s in consideration process the cleanup. Go to google search console and head to Security and Manual actions.
Using security plugins for malware scanning
Plugins listed below can also help you to scan and detect the malware just install any you would prefer. If you want our recommendation we would go with wordfence.
Well there are many other WordPress security plugins but its always recommended to get your website audited by experts. So contact us to find help for WordPress Expert.
3. Remove Malware from Your WordPress Site
Either malware is in core WordPress files or the malware is in any theme or plugins files. In case malware have managed to infect several your WordPRess files the best solution manually re install everything in secure way.
In case the malicious code is in your posts then you have to clean up posts for any type of redirect or software downloads. Quick tip: re install everything and check every file carefully which you didn’t re install or cannot re install.
4. Resubmit Your Site to Google
So now you think you have completely cleaned up your website? And no malware exists very good. This is the time to let google know about the fix you have done. So they google can remove the warning and you can also get your place back in search results.
To do this, you can use Google Search Console. Then, once you’ve verified your site with Google Search Console, go to the Security issues section in the Security & Manual Actions. Check the box to indicate that I have fixed these issues and then click Request a Review. Good luck!
I can’t access my WordPress admin for hacked website.
If you are not able to see anything related to your website or the admin panel. Please contact your hosting provider asap to get backup of your website. Cause there is a high risk hackers have deleted files of your website. This can be a very huge unrecoverable loss if you waste more time.
Although if you have the backup then its fine you can get in touch with professional WordPress support for hacked site asap. When you are missing or not able to see something. This is a big reason to worry if you are serious about your website.
Incase the hackers have deleted some files instead they have deleted all. In such cases PHP would start producing FATAL error. Which WordPress shows like. There has been a critical error on your website.
When you or your visitors encounter “Deceptive Site Ahead” message visiting your website. This is time to take quick action cause this warning google puts on your website. When they find a malware on your site.
There are some other ways depending on the function of malware warning can be anything like:
- Deceptive site ahead
- The site ahead contains harmful programs
- This page is trying to load scripts from unauthenticated sources
- Continue to [site name]?
As you are website owner its not even recommended you visit your website without Google safe browsing tool. However to access your website directly make sure you do not even hidden download something. You have good anti virus on your computer.
Its very important to fix the error asap cause this would scare the people who are fans of your website or content. Once your loyal visitors run away cause of such warnings or malwares, there are chances you get de ranked from search engines also.
Make sure you scan your website completely according to suggested methods. Manual is the best way but for that you need experienced eyes which can catch any type of bug. If you are customer of WordPress maintenance service you are always secure from such fuss.
Once you’ve thoroughly cleaned your site, you’ll need to use Google Search Console to tell Google that you’ve fixed the problem and Google should reconsider your website.
Always use trusted WordPress themes and WordPress plugins.
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