The first time you see a Google Attack Page instead of your website, you’ll be sick. Or worse, when your customer informs your website has an attack page. You’ll see your website blocked by these images:
You feel violated. You are a victim of malware hackers. And it doesn’t matter what kind of malware it is, it reeks havoc on your business.
So what is malware and how does it get my website blacklisted?
As defined by Wikipedia, “‘Malware‘ is an umbrella term used to refer to a variety of forms of hostile or intrusive software, including computer viruses, worms, trojan horses, ransomware, spyware, adware, scareware, and other malicious programs. It can take the form of executable code, scripts, active content, and other software.”
What does it mean to be blacklisted?
When search engines or browsers, such as Google, Yahoo, Bing, Firefox, Chrome, detect malware, they remove your website from their indexing. As the entites are the security police for the internet, they flag your website, so other search visitors won’t become infected or have problems. This means, no visitor can access your website through searches. Ugh.
Worse, your website can lose most of it’s organic traffic….which directly impacts your buisness bottom line (sales, revenue, referrals, traffic.)
How does a site become blacklisted?
Sites are blacklisted when internet authorities:
Search Engines: Google, Bing, Yahoo
Browsers: Firefox, Chrome
Security Companies: Nortan, McAfee,
Find anomalies on your website. They flag as malware. Each type of malware has different characteristics and cause different symptoms. Much of it is cloaked and may not even be visible by looking at.
4 Common Sneaky Destructive Types of Malware
- The Website Hijacker. He loves your website. So much so, he makes it his own. He crawls into the website through security holes and then declares squatting rights.
AND YOU DON’T EVEN KNOW IT.
He will change your website into a spam, porn or a gambling website.
AND YOU WON’T EVEN KNOW IT.
Using cloaking, the website will load and look and act normal.
However, to the search engine responsible for serving search requests, your website just turned into a bad neighborhood. Search engines will blacklisted your domain…FOREVER.
It’s almost impossible to recover from this type of attack.
- The SQL Injector. If you pay for AdWords, organic searches, prospecting or retargeting ads, this malware sneaks in through forms and emails, and steals your traffic.
It’s virtually undetectable using intermittent attacking strategies.
So, if your advertising isn’t producing as much traffic as it used to, you might look for the elusive SQL injection, and find out he’s stealing your traffic.
- The Information Thief. This sneaky thief looks for holes in your server to get sensitive information, including usernames and passwords. This malware can gain access to accounts, billing, and other sensitive information. And what he does with the information….think LIABILITY…HUGE LIABILITY. Ashley Madison, Sony Pictures…
- The Spammer. Everybody hates spam. If this hacker has infiltrated your server, he can spit out zillions of spam emails for free, generated from your domain. And by the time he’s discovered, the attacker has sent emails infected with malware. of Then your domain and server are blacklisted, costing thousands of dollars to cleanup and weeks to recover.
How do I get the malware removed?
Malware can be difficult to diagnosis and correct, because it can consist of different types. The good news it can be correct with time and money. There are DIY ways or using a Website Malware Removal Service
Unless you know and use webmaster tools, our recommendation is to find a website malware removal service that specializes in malware removal. Otherwise there will be huge curve that can takes weeks to learn.
Even so, to identify the malware and get it removed, can take hours to days to get your website back up and running. We follow Google’s recommendations with the following steps:
- Quarantine your site
- Assess the damage
- Clean up your site
- Ask Google to review your site
We also install a continuous security plugin on your wordpress website, that will alert you if malware is detected. WP Security specializes in website malware removal service. See our pricing page for details of the best fit for your company and never go unprotected again.