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WP Hit Counter

A simple but an effective web hit counter stats plugin for your wordpress blog. Cool layouts that fit for any kind of web design.

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1 star
text advertising under counter
By , for WP 3.6.1

This counter adds advertising to the widget, without giving you any control over it.
It showed up when loading the site from a different browser that I only use for testing, not the browser I use as Admin.
I deactivated immediately. Who knows what kind of adverts will be showing there for my users?

1 star
Adds 'hookd' backdoor to your WP
By , for WP 3.5.2

At first glance and use, this plugin offers a neat interface in which you can change the theme for the counter. There are lots of templates to choose from which makes this plugin very attractive, along with the basic settings it provides.

However, this plugin also was the culprit that created three particular unwanted 'extras':

1) It inserted Javascript into the header.php file of your theme which was used to help analyze your site's traffic, then sent off-site. This javascript is located right before the closing </head> tag.

2) It created a string of child directories inside the WP-CONTENT folder like this: wp-content/cache/hookd/DOMAINNAME.com, then inside that folder, contains two files: 8b8203326e2a9c70947a and index.html

3) Eventually if your header.php file is writable, it would add Viagra/Cialis or Loan or some other sort of unwanted advertisement into your web site upon first site-wide load. Those who have their browsers secured with anti-virus/anti-malware mods will most likely not see the ad, but for those who aren't protected will see it.

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Summary: This plugin needs to be blacklisted and its author needs to be charged for fraud and privacy issues.

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