Today we are going to get serious about this issue, because sometimes we may receive an email from our hosting provider saying that our website contains malware.
But what are they talking about? We have not done anything, they refer to malicious code, suspicious links, suspicious redirects …
How is it possible? Well, malicious code may have slipped into a Theme or a plugin, so we always have to install from trusted sites.
But a hacker can also include it, left in the comments section or brute force attacks.
Why are they attacking us? What do you really want?
Hackers inject malware into websites to:
- Malicious software can redirect users to unwanted or unknown sites, also known as wordpress malware redirect hack.
- They have access to personal information (passwords, names, email addresses).
- Allows them to track visitors.
- They incorporate your ads and banners.
We are going to see some scanners to check the vulnerability of our website.
Sucuri SiteCheck Scanner
The free Sucuri SiteCheck scanner performs a remote malware scan of our website.
From the Sucuri SiteCheck Scanner website, we just have to enter the URL of our website and press the Scan website button.
The analysis detects malware, defacements, blacklists, website errors and outdated software and will generate a report of the malware found and recommendations on how we should act.
One important thing is that this scanner does not access our server, so anything malicious on the server that does not show up in the browser is not detected by the remote scanner.
What does this mean in our scan results? Well, it doesn’t detect phishing or back doors.
Quttera Web Malware Scanner
Exploit Scanner is a free plugin that helps us check WordPress files and database for any signs that they are compromised.
Malicious files that we have on our website will be detected, so that we can start with their elimination.
Once we have confirmed that we have been attacked, we can continue with the elimination of the files that are infected.
Another online scanner that we can use is Web Inspector, a great tool that will scan our website for malicious files.
Everything it looks for includes unwanted malware, iframes, suspicious WordPress backdoor-like code, malware downloads, worm, Trojan horse, scripts, and any other type of suspicious file.
Astra Security Suite
Astra Security Suite is a plugin that, in this case, offers a comprehensive firewall solution.
It also has a malware scanner and immediate malware removal service for sites running on WordPress.
In its free version, it offers us a scan for backdoors, SEO spam infection, website blacklist check, hidden crypto miners, credit-card phishing scripts, and much more.
There is a paid version that provides us with a real-time web application firewall, an automated malware scanner, vulnerability assessment
Plus immediate malware cleanup in case your website gets hacked. and a community safety platform.