As webmasters there is one thing we can all agree on that will drive us up the wall. I have dealt with this issue a number of times in the last 6 years. What is it? WordPress hacks that completely ruined websites I have developed. Anyone that has ever developed a website knows that WordPress is prone to attacks from time to time. Obviously, you should be updating to the latest WordPress version frequently and updating your WordPress framework. But, sometimes you just get hacked and you have to deal with it. Sometimes we can go weeks or even months with malware on our website and not even know it. This is why it’s essential to check WordPress for viruses from time to time. In this article I am going to show you some ways in which you can check to see if your site has a virus on it.
First and foremost, you need to make sure that you have a backup of your website. This is our life line for our website and can really help us whenever funky business does in fact happen on our website. It can and it will in a matter of time. If you want to read up on some common types of viruses for WordPress check out: https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2012/10/09/four-malware-infections-wordpress/ So, you might be wondering what are some plugins that we can install, which can scan our WordPress sites for viruses.
The WordFence security plugin has a lot of useful features that prevent our website from being hacked. But, a lot of people don’t know about the backup system that this plugin has. It can check you core WordPress files with the core ones to see if they have been altered in any way. For instance, you could have a couple lines of code inserted in your WordPress theme. You simply, revert back to the core framework.
Secondly, WordFence can even run a scan of your website (either automated or manually) so that you can check to see if there is any malware on your website. It takes about 5-10 minutes to process, but it’s really a life saver in terms of WordPress security.
Sucuri Malware Scanning
It’s hard to talk about Malware scanning without mentioning Sucuri. They are one of the most reputable resources for detecting viruses that are often injected onto a WordPress site. You can visit their website at https://sitecheck.sucuri.net/ and their scanner will scan your site for issues and problems. Did I mention it’s free of charge?
Aside from their website you can always download their plugin at https://wordpress.org/plugins/sucuri-scanner/. This is a free version of the plugin but you can upgrade to a premium plan which does do a more comprehensive scans.
Another great option for those WordPress users looking for a virus scanning plugin is Anti-Malware. This is a plugin that protects you from known threats and back-doors. You can protect your WordPress site from brute force attacks by patching the wp-login file.
What I really like about his plugin is you can download a definition update which shows you exactly what the piece of malware that is detected is trying to do. Kind of like Norton Anti-Virus, but for your WordPress site exclusively. You can check out this plugin at https://wordpress.org/plugins/gotmls/.
The above resources are great for scanning your WordPress site for viruses, but it’s also a good idea to take preventive measures to patch up any vulnerabilities on your site. These vulnerabilities can leave your website wide open for hackers. I would highly recommend that you sign up for Google Webmaster Tools too. Google can actually alert you whenever they detect that malware is on your website.
Hopefully this article has shed some light on scanning your WordPress site for viruses and you now know what you can do about the problem. Has your website been hacked frequently or are you stuck with what to do to resolve the problem? Please leave your comments down below.