Cleaning up an infected WordPress site

If your WordPress web site has been blacklisted by Google and you are getting the following message on Google (Site is listed as suspicious):

What is the current listing status for mysite.com?

Site is listed as suspicious – visiting this web site may harm your computer.

Part of this site was listed for suspicious activity 1 time(s) over the past 90 days.

These are the steps you need to take:

  1. Scan your site for malware. You need to identify what is wrong, so you can fix and get de-listed. The best FREE tool to scan a site for malware is http://sitecheck.sucuri.net
  2. Once you identified the malware, remove it as soon as possible.
  3. If you are using an old version of WordPress, make sure to upgrade it to the latest version asap.
  4. Go through all your plugins and upgrade them as well.
  5. To finish, submit a blacklist review on Google to get your site de-listed.
  6. To avoid repeated security problems, we recommend the following WordPress plugin to protect your site: http://sucuri.net/wordpress-security-monitoring

Sounds complicated, but it is not. If you need a professional to do it for you, sign up for our Malware removal service. We are affordable, quick and we get the job done correctly.

Testimonials

    • Sucuri helps me sleep at night knowing that our websites and user data is secure. Over the years, Sucuri has helped us detect and prevent major hack attempts. I recommend Sucuri to all of my clients and users because they offer the most comprehensive and cost effective WordPress security solution. I've done my industry research, and there's no one better than these guys.

      —Syed Balkhi, Founder, WPBeginner

      WPBeginner

    • Let's be honest: the web can be a scary place sometimes. Having done many a WordPress malware cleanup in my day, I've found Sucuri to do a better job than I ever hoped I could do. Not only are they thorough, but they're fast as heck and affordable to boot. You don't just walk into a bad situation without some protection. Sucuri *is* that protection.

      —Andrew Norcross, Founder & Lead Developer @Reaktiv Studios, WordCamp Speaker

      Reaktiv Studios

    • We partnered with Sucuri for our WordPress migration and dehacking services as their capabilities are significantly more comprehensive than anything we’ve seen in the industry.

      —Brian Clark, CEO of Coppyblogger Media

      Websynthesis

    • I like to think I know security, but there is only one company I trust when it comes to the security of my websites, that company is Sucuri. They are, in my opinion, hands-down the leader in web-malware protection and cleanup services. Trust the experts, hire these fools!

      —Brad Williams, Co-Founder WebDevStudios, Co-Author Professional WordPress Series

      WebDevStudios

    • When you’re talking about protection for your WordPress site and the things most important to you — your content — you want to trust the experts. There’s really no better choice than the team at Sucuri.

      —Cory J. Miller – Founder / CEO of iThemes.com

      iThemes

    • Before Sucuri we didn’t know that someone was hacked until they told us. (Or actually, when Google blocked their site!) Now we find and fix problems before they even know what’s happening. It’s a Godsend, it’s as simple as possible, and it’s so affordable that quite frankly it’s irresponsible to not use them!

      —Jason Cohen, CEO of WP Engine

      WP Engine

    • As the owner of ClickHOST.com, a shared web hosting company, we are always fighting malware and spam. Recently we partnered with Sucuri and now all our accounts are monitored. I love this product! It not only protects our customers from malware, but these guys will fix a hack in 4 hours.

      —Carel Bekker, Owner/President of ClickHOST.com

      ClickHOST

    • Sucuri is my go to service for web based security and are the group that I recommend, exclusively, to my clients and readers, in particular WordPress users.  They are affordable, they work fast and they get the job done – as a bonus, they’re a fun group to work with!

      —Lisa Sabin-Wilson – Author: WordPress For Dummies; Designer, Co-Founder Allure Themes, Founder E. Webscapes

      E. Webscapes

    • Though I believe my sites are secure, it would be inexcusable for me not to use Sucuri’s service and be absolutely sure around the clock.

      —Scott Kingsley Clark, Lead Developer, Pods Framework

      Pods

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