Hacked WordPress site

Got a hacked WordPress site?

What can be worse than a hacked WordPress site? Here are some symptoms:

  • Some pages will redirect to a malware site and cause your site’s reputation to diminish
  • A large amount of SPAM will be sent from your site and therefore blacklisting your server’s IP address
  • Defacement of  your site can happen or some content will get removed.
  • Some plugins might stop working or will get deactivated
  • Lots of PHP errors like: “Cannot add header information – headers already sent”
  • Back-end might stop working or the entire site will display a blank page

Difficult to deal with

Tracking down infected files and sometimes database of a hacked WordPress site and fixing them can be very time consuming. In a lot of cases a restore from a backup is needed but the problem with that is that you will still be vulnerable and have no idea how the virus got in.

Is there a way to combat these effectively or even eradicate them completely? The answer is yes but let’s first take a look at some issues with current antiviruses and scanners.

Current scanners

All currently existing scanners that you might run on your hacked WordPress site will only look for viruses and not protect against getting infected or re-infected. Neither all viruses or threats are detected as the scanners go by signatures and it’s impossible to always have a complete list of those.

For example a virus can be  planted in this format: “eval($_POST[‘any_php_code’])” and a security scanner will not see it as this is very similar to regular WordPress PHP code. All these point to how imperfect the scanners are. It’s nearly impossible to account for all variations of infections.

The solution we created prevents any further viruses from being introduced and stops any current ones spreading. Once that’s done any scanner can be used to identify and remove the infected files from your hacked WordPress site but even if anything gets missed, it’s not a big deal. The viruses will not spread and will be under control.

How we solved it

Our solution is by means of a plugin that works securely within our environment and allows to lock/unlock various parts of WordPress site. The screenshot below shows the settings of the plugin.

Hacked WordPress site solution

Hacked WordPress site solution

After the protection is in place no future infections will happen and you can safely scan your site and remove any virus-like files. When using us as your partner we will be happy to assist you with your infected site and get it cleaned and protected. Happy sailing!


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