What to Do When Malware Strikes Your Website

What to Do When Malware Strikes Your Website
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Once you let a website into the online world, it is like unlocking your office door, leaving it wide open. Many who will visit you will not even think of sniffing your papers and opening drawers, and let's be realistic - many are not even interested in your business or personal life. But sometimes, there will be someone who will quietly walk into your office and steal all your information, so it would be good to lock the office nicely and securely, at least while you are not around. 

The same thing happens with a website. Without solid security and protection systems, you will never see who is walking your web. Online thieves are fast and invisible, like in a cartoon. They use your hidden online data to search for information and details about your customers and users and are mainly focused on stealing credit card information. 

However, as a website or webshop owner, you have a legal obligation to protect this information from theft. 

Here are some excellent tips on how you can protect your website from notorious hackers by using Emergency Recovery Script

Emergency Recovery Script

This script is simply fantastic, and definitely, WP Reset must be your number one choice when installing a new plugin. If hackers attack your website, you can restore everything to its original state by activating this script.

You do not have to use Emergency Recovery Script only if your core files have been compromised. It also helps when you do not know why you cannot log in to a website, and the reset password e-mail does not come. This script is also an excellent solution for the white screen of death. 

Situations in which Emergency Recovery Script cannot help you are really rare, and there is almost no problem that this script cannot fix. Using the script is absolutely safe, and the most common situations in which this tool is of maximum help to you are:

  • - your core files have been destroyed, changed, or moved to another location, and you do not know what to do next
  • - you have updated WordPress or a plugin/theme, and your page has been completely destroyed
  • - you have installed a new plugin/theme that has inserted a virus into your page
  • - you cannot log in as admin, and the password recovery e-mail does not find its way to your inbox
  • - you cannot access the data on the website
  • - your website is stuck in maintenance mode. 

With the help of Emergency Recovery Script, you can check every single WordPress core file; ERS will compare them to the primary copy stored on wordpress.org. If there is any change in the files, ERS will detect it. 

If you cannot find an adequate solution to this problem, there is always the possibility of doing a quick reset of your WordPress page.

When you start the reset, you do not have to worry about the web page's content because it will not delete any files. ERS will reset your database to the default values, and it will save all themes, plugins, and other add-ons. Also, by resetting, you will remove all user accounts. 

Emergency Recovery Script is not the only good thing you can find within WP Reset. Once you have installed it, be sure to use the database snapshots option. Take snapshots, store them off-site, and when a problem occurs, find a snapshot that takes you back to a time when there were no problems on your website. 

The good thing is that WP Reset also automatically creates snapshots before any significant changes are made to a website, such as installing or updating plugins. An unlimited number of snapshots can be created and saved. 

To use a snapshot, just press the "Restore" button, and you will return your website to the state in which you took the snapshot. 

Some other tips

You may not always know if you have any malware on your computer, so it is also crucial to have the latest antivirus software installed. Make sure that this software protects you from computer spies. 

You can also do the following:

  • - Be aware that whenever you use your computer in a public place such as an Internet cafe or library, the network may contain malicious data designed to collect your information.
  • - Update your operating system.
  • - Be careful with file-sharing programs - if they are not configured properly, others may have access to all your files.
  • - Increase the level of protection on your browser so that you do not accept cookies from unverified websites.
  • - Never click on a link in your e-mail, as it may not take you to a safe website.
  • - Be careful when opening attachments, as they can infect your computer.
  • - Be careful when downloading programs from the Internet, use verified sources, and scan downloaded materials for viruses.
  • - Be careful with websites that use pop-ups or act suspiciously because they can be dangerous.
  • - Use a unique Internet banking password that is different from all other passwords.
  • - Use malware detection software.
  • - Configure your web browser not to save your passwords (and delete those that have already been saved). 

And, of course, be sure to install the WP Reset plugin so that you can save your site from all malicious attempts to destroy it.