How to Recover from Malicious Redirect Malware Hack

How to Recover from Malicious Redirect Malware Hack

One of the most popular tactics of malicious attackers is to add malicious redirect malware to a site for the purpose of driving traffic to another site. This can be detrimental not only to the site owner, but to site visitors as well. A malicious redirect often brings an unsuspecting site visitor to spam sites or even sites that could infect the user’s computer with malware that can be tricky to eliminate.

In this post, we’ll talk about what malicious redirect malware is, why hackers use this tactic, how to determine whether or not your site is affected by this malware, and some possible solutions to recovering your site from the effects of malicious redirect malware.

As well, we’ll outline some important steps to ensure that your site remains protected once recovered.

What Is Malicious Redirect Malware?

A malicious redirect is code, usually Javascript, that is inserted into a website with the intent of redirecting the site visitor to another website. Often, this malicious malware is added to a WordPress website by attackers with the intent of generating advertising impressions on another site. However, some malicious redirections can have more serious implications. A more serious malicious redirect can exploit potential vulnerabilities in a site visitor’s computer. This type of malware aims to install malware that infects a personal computer with malicious malware that can be very damaging to a user’s Mac or Windows computer.

Determining if your site is infected

Site owners might be unaware that their site is redirecting. Often, malicious redirects are hidden so that only non-authenticated (users that aren’t logged in) are redirected. Or, it might detect the browser that the user is using when visiting the site and redirect only with that particular browser. For example, if they are aiming to exploit a personal computer with malware that can only infect vulnerable versions of Chrome, only those using that version as detected by the malicious script will get redirected. It might take some investigation to determine what is going on.

A site owner could attempt to replicate the redirection that was reported by a customer, only to see that everything looks fine to them on their computer. Site visitors on mobile platforms might at the very same time experience malicious activity. The redirect might happen on some pages and not others. Or, it might happen before the site even loads.

Why Is My WordPress Site Redirecting To Another Site?

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This article was written by iThemes Editorial Team and originally published on WordPress News | iThemes Blog.

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