Malware – it’s every WordPress site owner’s worst nightmare.
Having malware on your site has all sorts of bad consequences – you can lose your SEO rankings, have data stolen/leaked, get listed in Google’s “Unsafe Sites” list (which blocks your site in Chrome), and experience many other issues.
Proactively preventing and detecting malware will stop most issues before they happen and also help you quickly detect any problems right away so you can prevent long-term damage to your site.
In this post, I will share six WordPress malware scanners that can help you detect malicious files on your site and/or scan your site for vulnerabilites. If you combine these scanners with other WordPress security tips, you can be confident that your website is secure and free of malware.
Six Best WordPress Malware Scanners and Vulnerability Checkers
Here are the six WordPress malware and vulnerability scanners that I’ll share:
- Jetpack Scan
- Sucuri SiteCheck
- Cerber Security
Wordfence is the most popular WordPress security plugin. One of its most notable security features is its firewall, but it also includes full malware scanning as part of the package (along with many other security features)
From inside your WordPress dashboard, you can run a malware scan that checks all the files on your server.
The free Wordfence plugin includes all the malware scanning features, but with one major limitation – the malware recognition signatures are delayed by 30 days. If you want access to real-time malware signatures (to detect zero-day issues), you need to purchase Wordfence premium. The premium version also gets you access to real-time firewall rules (which are similarly delayed in the free version).
Note – as part of its scan, Wordfence will also check for other WordPress security issues beyond malware, such as out-of-date themes and plugins or weak passwords.
One note about Wordfence is that it can have a small effect on performance
This article was written by Harsh Agrawal and originally published on ShoutMeLoud.