How to Remove Malware in WordPress USA 2021 | WordPress is now the most popular website management software, currently empowering over 70 million websites worldwide. Software by nature is something that needs to be taken care of, as new and up-to-date updates are available.
From the first version of WordPress to the latest, there have been hundreds of updates available – some of which include very large security holes. A few years ago the term “malware” was used in conjunction with WordPress websites that were compromised (hacked) by one of these security holes. While malware is often a term for a virus that has a paid download on a PC, the term is often used to describe a website (WordPress) infected with SEO spam, or malicious scripts or code.
The best malware prevention in WordPress just keeps you up to date. As new releases are available, update as soon as possible. Additionally, make sure your theme is installed with the latest plugins.
Prevention Tips How to Remove Malware in WordPress
While updating WordPress is a good blockchain there are many additional things you can do to further protect your website:
Remove old plugins: Be sure to remove any plugins you do not use (do not work). Even unused plugins can be security threats. Also, be sure to leave only the plugins installed and updated 12-18 months ago. If you use older plugins, they may not be compatible with the latest versions of WordPress (or your theme) – and may have security holes.
Review your theme: How old is your WordPress theme? If you purchased it from a developer, check and see if there are any recent updates available that you can install. If you have a custom theme (or one you have written), be sure to have it reviewed by a qualified engineer or security professional at least once a year to make sure it has no safety holes.
Security and Stability: You should install and configure one or more popular WordPress plugins to protect and strengthen your website (beyond the ‘outbox’ setup). While WordPress is a mature and secure platform, you can easily add many additional layers of basic security by changing the username of the administrator, default WordPress table name, and protection from 404 attacks and long-term dangerous URL attempts.
Malware Removal Tips
If you think your WordPress website has been hijacked or injected with malware, malicious scripts, spam links, or code, the first thing you should do is get a backup copy of your website (if you don’t already have one). Obtain a copy of all the files in your webhosting account downloaded from your local computer, as well as a copy of your data.
Next install one of the many malware scanner plugins in the official WordPress archive. Work it out, and see if you can find the source of the disease. If you are a professional, you may be able to remove code or texts yourself. Make sure you check all your theme files, and you may need to re-install WordPress.
If your key WordPress files are infected one of the best ways to remove the source of infection is to remove all wp-admin and wp-including folders (and content) and all the root files of your website. Inside the wp-content folder delete both themes and folder plugins (save uploads, attachments, and photos you have uploaded).
Now that you have a local copy of your website, you can re-enter the theme and know which plugins are installed. The best thing you can do at this point is to download a new copy of WordPress and install it. Use the local copy of the wp-config.php file to connect to your existing database.
Once you have done this, before re-installing your theme and plugins you may want to log in simultaneously to your wp-admin dashboard and go to “Tools-> export” and send and download a full copy of all your content, ideas, tags, categories, and authors.
Now (if you want) you can now discard the entire database, create a new one, and import all of your content to have a completely new copy of WordPress and a new database. After that, enter your theme and new copies of all plugins from the official WordPress site (do not use local copies you downloaded).
If these steps are too technical for you, or if they have not removed the source of infection, you may need the help of a WordPress security expert.
Prevention Maintenance Moving Forward
If your website is important to you, or if you use it for business – it is important that you protect it as if it were your own business. What will happen if your website is down or out of commission tomorrow? Could it harm your business? A small preventive medicine goes a long way:
Backup and Disaster Recovery Program: Make sure you have an effective and proven solution available (this is what most businesses can call a disaster recovery plan). There are many free and paid plugins and solutions to accomplish this with the WordPress website.
Install Basic Security: If you do not have a WordPress security plugin installed, get the most recent and updated updates from the official site of the plugin today to protect your website. If you are not comfortable doing this on your own or without a professional website, then hire a WordPress consultant or security expert to do it for you.
JTPratt Media is a web development company that specializes in WordPress malware removal and web security and hardening services.