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My Site Pages Directs Traffic To Google.co.uk (13 posts)

  1. Splitscreenband
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Sorry in advance for any breaking of forum etiquette by asking this question.

    My website appears to have a slight issue, it is currently redirecting all traffic away from the site, directly to google. I can't seem to find the problem.

    Can anyone advise where I look for answers?

    I cant seem to access the .htaccess file (perhaps its hidden and my CPanel 11 wont let me see it) and I can't seem to figure this out on my own.

    Thank you

  2. Santosh
    Posted 1 year ago #

    you can change settings of your cpanel for views .htaccess file.
    please provide link to your website

  3. Splitscreenband
    Posted 1 year ago #

  4. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

  5. Splitscreenband
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I should also mention that some people are able to access the site, and some are not. I am on a network at work, and most of the computers work except mine. My home computer is also ok. So perhaps my personal PC at work has been compromised?

  6. Your PC may be compromised but your site definitely is.


    Those links that Esmi posted really will help you get it deloused and back on track. It's a lot of work but it is doable.

  7. Splitscreenband
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I have noticed the following in my .htaccess:
    Permissions are 444

    [ Moderator note: Unsafe .htaccess code removed. You really don't have to post things like that here, you are hacked and those redirects lead to Bad Places. ]

  8. I'm sorry, but just editing out the hacks when and where you find them is never enough. That just treats the symptoms.

    You really need to work your way through those links and delouse your WordPress installation and your web server.

  9. Splitscreenband
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Grrr! Ok, so I shall get on it..

    I presume there is some plugin or other installation I can use to restrict this happening again?

  10. Splitscreenband
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Thank you for your help so far by the way, you have been very prompt in your replies.

    Much appreciated :)

  11. I presume there is some plugin or other installation I can use to restrict this happening again?

    Sort of. Ish. Kinda.

    I know, that's not a straight answer. ;)

    *Jan pulls out soapbox and climbs on top.*

    My personal opinion is that plugins like that can provide a false sense of security and safety if you do not read the instructions carefully and fully understand what the plugin is doing.

    That is not to say they do not work, just be careful if you use and rely on one of them. ;)

    Security and keeping your site hack free is a process of maintaining your themes, plugins, WordPress version, and making sure your server software is limited and up to date.

    That last part of keeping the server up to date is often outside of your control especially if you use a shared hosting plan. In that situation you can help yourself by keeping your own backups off server on a regular basis.


    If you keep an eye on the whole works from time to time and follow the advice from this link then generally speaking you will be fine.


    And if something goes wrong you can use your backups as a safety net

    *Jan now steps off of the soapbox*

    After you delouse and harden your installation and you've got your versions up to date on your server as well as your WordPress software then you may want to look at some of the security plugins in the repo here.


    But that's for after you are confirmed to be cleaned out. Don't try to install any new plugins until you are confirmed to be hack free.

  12. Splitscreenband
    Posted 1 year ago #

    My hosting account is shared with my original site ukguitarlessons.com, which, after scanning, also tests positive for pestilence and malware, in fact it's the same hack as my wordpress account. (the guitar lesson site is a Joomla installation and has not been touched/updated/maintained for some time - possibly the problem)

    I'm slightly baffled as to this particular hack's intermittent behaviour. I can access the site using Firefox and Internet Explorer and my mobile device. I couldn't access it using Chrome. However, now I can access it using chrome, yet I haven't applied any of these fixes?! Other people can open the site too... Really baffled

    I need to wait until I have 4-5 hours to work through this list, perhaps I can hold out until the weekend?

  13. I need to wait until I have 4-5 hours to work through this list, perhaps I can hold out until the weekend?

    Your site is not going anywhere so I suggest you take all the time you need to get into those articles.

    I do suggest you make a full backup of the database and files as a precaution. That way if you really break something while delousing your installation you can at least put it back to the way it is now.

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