You may see an error message that says the malware should be removed from the WordPress website. Well, there are several ways to fix this problem. We will do it shortly.
- Step 1. Disconnect your computer from the Internet.
- Step 2. Turn on safe mode.
- Step 3. Don’t log into accounts.
- Step 4: Delete temporary files.
- Step 5: Check your Activity Monitor.
- Step 6. Run the malware scanner.
- Step 7: Fix your web browser.
- Step 8: Clear the cache.
Why Do Hackers Do This?
Hackers infiltrate WordPress websites for a number of reasons. Some of the more common examples include:
- Extreme Black Hat SEO Tactics.
- Create backlinks to your sites or other buyers.
- Create a redirect to access your site.
- Cryptocurrency mining.
- Stealing confidential data from users and clients.
Did you know that in 2018 70-90% of all hacked sites are using WordPress? Quite shocking statistics, if you ask me, are 20-30% more than last year.
A Quick And Dirty Hack Repair To Remove Malware From A WordPress Site
Sucuri has an excellent step-by-step hacker attack removal guide that details how to use the Sucuri plugin to simplify the above process. The Sucuri plugin has several great post-hacking features, including:
- analysis of core files
- quick access to error logs
- Tool to reset passwords for all users
- Ability to automatically reinstall all free plugins.
- Ability to reset encryption salts
If you want to simplify the breach recovery process described above, here’s what you can do:
- Use the Sucuri plugin to scan core files and replace / remove those that have changed or not.
- Use the Post Hack and Site Audit tabs of the Sucuri plugin to replace free plugins, reset user passwords and reset encryption salts.
- Import the premium plugins again.
- Use a fine comb to check the contents of each folder in the wp-content folder (except for the individual plugin folders that you would replace in step 2 above).
- Carefully evaluate each individual subject file.
- Remove unused themes and plugins.
- Look carefully at the download folder.
- Manually check the .htaccess file and any other files in the public_html folder that you haven’t replaced.
The gist of my recording approach isThis is because many people accidentally leave files behind if they do not choose methodically and consciously what to upload to the server. However, if you are verbose enough and familiar with your WordPress files and what they should look like (for example, how to customize themes and how your theme code should look like), you can clean up the hack using this optimized approach.