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Please explain this message re Malware Hack (5 posts)

  1. kitkaplan
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    My client's site was hacked getting Malware messages on alll her pages. Hostgator sent the message below. I'm not a coder so can you tell me:
    1) what scripts are and especially the "outdated scripts"?
    2) How to update plugins. Do you just hit update or do you have to reinstall?

    "I have cleaned the malicious code from your script files. Unfortunately I am unable to pinpoint how this compromise occurred as it took place over a month ago:

    However, this most likely happened due to your out of date wordpress installations. Outdated scripts are commonly vulnerable to attack and are targeted by hackers. You will want to update these, and also update plugins used by these scripts. You should also keep these up to date to prevent future attacks: "

  2. kmessinger
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Nice of Hostgator to clean the script files (and a little unbelievable).

    What is the URL?

  3. kitkaplan
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    http://www.roadtoemotionalfreedom.com

    I only use Hostgar because of great phoone tech support and they support wordpress.

  4. kmessinger
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 3 years ago #

    You can update plugins automatically in the dashboard, plugins.

    The WP version is out of date. There are errors here, http://validator.w3.org/check?verbose=1&uri=http%3a%2f%2fwww.roadtoemotionalfreedom.com%2f

    See this, http://codex.wordpress.org/Hardening_WordPress

    And just a wild guess but most likely everyone on the server you are on got hacked. That is why Hostgator responded as they did which is a good thing - many hosts deny any responsibility.

    Now it is your turn to make it harder for this to happen again.

  5. kitkaplan
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    We updated the version and the plugins and Hostgator recleaned the site.
    When we make changes to content the text all becomes courier
    http://www.roadtoemotionalfreedom.com/about_hypnotherapy
    I can't see anything in the html to cause this. I copied it into a new page with the same results.

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