How To Scan Your WordPress Site For Malware

How To Scan Your WordPress Site For Malware

If your WordPress site is infected with malware, you’re at risk of server crashes, data leaks, and even complete site suspension. Running regular scans is important if you want to tackle any problems before they get out of hand. We’re here to show you how…

Whether by clicking a dodgy link in an email, visiting a compromised website, or downloading software which has a bunch of nasty files sneakily bundled in – most of us have had some experience with malware.

The thought of malware infecting your computer and compromising your data is scary enough, but…what if it’s your site that’s been attacked?

This can put all of your visitors at risk, rack up hefty malware removal bills, and mean your site might need to be offline for a while until the malware is safely removed.

And whilst you might take every precaution to prevent your site from being infected, this doesn’t guarantee that you’ll be safe – regular scans should be an important part of your site security process.

So, what do you do if you suspect that something dangerous might be lurking in your files?

Read on to find out how to detect and remove malware from your WordPress site.

  1. What is Malware?
  2. The Importance of Regular Scans
  3. Scanning Your Site with Defender
  4. Online Scanning Tools
  5. What to Do if You Find Malware.

First of all, let’s take a quick look at what malware actually is.

What is Malware?

We all know malware is bad – it’s short for malicious software after all.

But in order to know how to tackle the problem, it’s important we understand it.

Malware is the blanket term for viruses, trojans, worms, and other malicious computer software created with the purpose of causing harm to a computer or network.

Keyloggers, for example, are a form of malware which record the keystrokes that a user makes. They steal passwords and other sensitive information which can be used by hackers to compromise accounts.

Other forms of malware such as viruses might have no benefit to the creator or sender – their goal could be to simply infect and destroy files, which can result in data loss and performance issues for the victim.

Malware comes in many different shapes and sizes.

How Does a Site Become Infected With Malware?

Sites can become infected via a number of methods, but luckily two of the biggest culprits are two of the easiest to fix.

Outdated Plugins and Themes

Hackers look for vulnerabilities in themes and plugins and use them to their advantage.

When a vulnerability is identified, the developers will aim to get a new, patched, version ready for download as soon as possible.

Updating your plugins fixes the vulnerabilities and replaces any old and potentially compromised files with fresh versions – free of any tampering or changes.

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This article was written by Kirstan Norman and originally published on WPMU DEV Blog.

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