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  • Dear WordPress gurus:

    Firstly, though I installed WordPress on my own, my tech expertise is essentially limited to reading instructions, so kindly keep this in mind in your responses.

    My blog is located at Careful about clicking the link, for reasons below.

    Google has listed it as an attack site, saying it distributes malware. If you logon to the site, at least in Firefox, you’ll see the warning. You can click the proffered button on the warning screen to see details.

    Following the attack site listing, here’s what I know and what I’ve done:

    1) Upgraded to the latest version of WordPress on 8/22, on advice of my hosting company.
    2) Upgraded my plugins, of which I use two, to the latest versions following the WP upgrade.
    3) Requested a Google site review after WP & plugin upgrades. Google says as of 8/31, site still distributing malware.
    4) When I logon to using IE 7.0.5730.13, McAfee (resident on my computer) warns that the Trojan VBS/Psyme has been detected and cleaned. McAfee does not give a virus warning when I logon to the site in FireFox. I’m assuming VBS/Psyme is the malware that Google has detected, and that it’s designed to exploit IE.
    5) I downloaded onto my local computer the folder into which WordPress is installed and ran a McAfee scan of it. It came back clean.

    So, here’s where I’m at, and my questions:

    1) Has anyone encountered this, and if so, how did you fix it?
    2) Do I need to wipe and reinstall my entire database to fix this? If so, is there any way I can safely preserve the content and comments for the reinstall?
    3) Is there a way to run a virus scan of my database, etc. on the server and get rid of this bugger?

    I’ll stop here for now. Again, any assistance y’all can provide is very much appreciated. Thanks…


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  • Moderator Samuel Wood (Otto)

    (@otto42) Admin

    You’ve got an iframe being injected into your code.

    <iframe src= width=1 height=1 frameborder=0></iframe>

    Look for that code anywhere on your site and remove it.

    Ah! Anywhere in particular more likely that I should be looking, or could it literally be anywhere?

    “Now go dress up like Yeoman Rand. I’ll meet you in cargo bay 12…”Ahora

    lo único que resta hacer, es ## comparar los detalles y seleccionar el casinos gratis que mas te agrade.

    The sentence in bold is hidden directly below the first sentence, and resides here: <u style=”display: hidden;”>

    The iframe appears to be positioned inside the hidden sentence, below the picture of kirk and spock, and is positioned where I placed the ## symbols in the text.

    [Edit] …now I’m off to hose down my hard drive..


    Gents, I believe you’ve done it. I just removed the text you noted, Clayton, and when I logged back into the site via IE, no virus warning! And Otto 42, I now know what to look for. I’ll withhold final judgment until Google allows me to kiss the ring, but until then, my great thanks to you both!

    (Don’t get the power supply wet when you’re hosing that hard drive. I would make a “time to harden my installation” joke now, but that would be too easy…)


    Quick update for those who may be facing similar issues: less than 24 hours after requesting another review (having executed afore-noted steps to solve the issue to hand), Google has de-listed my site as an attack site. So there you go. Thanks again, for the assist and the education…


    I have the same issue with Google, but am viewing my site on a Macintosh. I’m more of a novice when it comes to any technical stuff, so how do I find all these codes that are embedded somewhere to remove them and get my Blog ( off of the Google bad list?

    Start by viewing your source code while on your site. Use an FTP client and start scouring your files and directories for things you know should not be there.

    Possible compromise via iframe? found this at the bottom of the “Rinny” post.

    <iframe height="1" frameborder="0" width="1" src="">

    …same as the post above

    I’m still not clear how to find these virus or malicious codes. I deleted the iframes from the Rinny entry and for a short time Google released my site, only to put it back on again shortly thereafter.
    Now it says:
    Malicious software includes 12 trojan(s), 8 scripting exploit(s). Successful infection resulted in an average of 2 new processes on the target machine.

    Malicious software is hosted on 1 domain(s), including

    This site was hosted on 1 network(s) including AS11798 (BLUEHOST).

    Where to I find these and how do I get them eliminated?

    any updates on this?

    All, I just went through this and documented the tools and process I used to make it right. Hope this helps you!

    cheers- Chris

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