According to recent data, a whopping 17.6 million of the world’s websites are infected with malware. You may be wondering: How can you tell if you have malware? And once your site is infected, how can you delete malware?
Here, we’ll answer both questions—showing you how to delete malware from your site and defend your digital presence.
Signs Your Site May Be Infected
How can you tell if you have malware? While some attacks are obvious—like a defacement hack that destroys your site’s appearance—most malware hides in plain sight, running malicious processes in the background.
The most obvious sign of malware is a host suspending your account or Google blacklisting your site. In these cases, visitors will be met with a suspension page or a warning from Google.
But if Google or your host doesn’t catch the malware right away, you may still notice other signs of an infection. These can include:
- Spam information in Google search results related to your website
- Unwanted pop-ups, downloads, or a redirect to a malicious website
- Unrecognized admin users added to your website’s CMS
None of these issues are desirable. However, they can be deterred.
How To Delete Malware From Your Site
Can malware be removed?The answer is yes (thankfully). But depending on your background, knowing exactly how to delete malware may be easier said than done.
Malware can infect your site files, database, or both—and removing it can be a highly technical process, often requiring specialized knowledge or help from a security partner. When bouncing back from an attack, you should have some experience modifying files and databases, as even the smallest mistake can take hours of work to undo. – Read more
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