Malware can be problematic for any website. A WordPress installation that is outdated, outdated plugins, or insecure login practices can create vulnerabilities which may be utilized by hackers to gain access to your website for a myriad of potential purposes. One of the most common goals held by hackers is for the installation and propagation of malware.
So, what is malware?
“Malware, short for malicious software, is software used to disrupt computer operation, gather sensitive information, or gain access to private computer systems.”
Malware comes in many different forms. The important thing to note, in general, with regard to malware is that it is malicious by nature. If it weren’t malicious, it would be called software, not malware. Though the methods used by those behind the creation and propagation of malware are varied, their purposes are a bit more succinct. Most malware we come into contact with has been designed to steal sensitive personal or financial information. Whatever malware that doesn’t fit into these categories may have been created and distributed to gain acceptance of peers within a hacking community, to destabilize competitors website or search rankings, or as a prank or gag. We can assure you, on our end, no one is laughing.
Now then, let’s take a moment to explore how we go about recovering your website from a hack or exploit, and what we can do to prevent such a thing from reoccurring, or happening at all in the first place.
WordPress Website Malware Recovery
Once an issue has be identified we work with our system and support to recover your website. In some cases full recovery is not possible. However, thinking ahead and having proper database and WordPress website backups can help in this instance. Please see the Website and Database Backups service page for information.
As a preventative service we can check your website for issues that haven’t caused problems just yet. The sooner you catch an issue the better. We monitor for blacklisting issues, site file modifications, malware infection, out-of-date software, and more.