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  • Resolved Joe777

    (@joe777)


    After installing WordPress in a subfolder and setting it up so the domain points to the subfolder, I see a strange folder in my root directory called virivirtutes.com-redirect. Inside of the folder is a file called index.html, with what looks like a malicious redirect inside of it. Here is the code in index.html

    [ Malware and link deleted ]

    Everything appears to be working fine, but this folder with the ‘-redirect’ suffix is bothering me. Can anybody tell me what this folder is for; if it is legitimate; what is that redirect to [ Malware site ]; why does it use a FRAME tag (which I think is obsolete); how did the folder get there?

    Here are some more details. I installed WordPress in a sub-folder [ Malware site ]. Once I got my virivirtutes site working, I set up another domain to point the subdirectory. I set the ‘Domain Pointer’ on my hosting service to the subdirectory, and in WordPress General Settings, I set the WordPress Address (URL) to [ Malware site ], and the Site Address (URL) to the same. As I said before, it all works, but that strange folder with the redirect to searchvity is bothering me.

    Thanks!

    • This topic was modified 9 months ago by Joe777.
    • This topic was modified 8 months, 3 weeks ago by Jan Dembowski.

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  • corrinarusso

    (@corrinarusso)

    Correct – quite malicious actually :
    https://www.joesandbox.com/analysis/227137/0/html

    Remove it, and run MalCare, or ask your hosting server to run a scan for you.
    https://wordpress.org/plugins/malcare-security/

    Thread Starter Joe777

    (@joe777)

    @corrinarusso: thanks for the advice. I’m not sure if I should remove the whole folder, or change the link. The folder seems to have a very specific naming convention, but I haven’t been able to find any documentation about it.

    I have another website in a different subdirectory, and a folder was also added for it, called ‘youvisitedmedphx.com-redirect’. It also has an index.html file in it, but the code in there looks OK to me. Here it is:
    [ Malware site ]
    So, I’m wondering what this folder is for. Maybe I should change the link in the ‘virivirtutes.com-redirect’ folder to one similar to what’s in ‘youvisitedmedphx.com-redirect’.

    • This reply was modified 8 months, 3 weeks ago by Jan Dembowski.
    corrinarusso

    (@corrinarusso)

    > I’m not sure if I should remove the whole folder, or change the link.

    YES.
    Delete it completely!

    Thread Starter Joe777

    (@joe777)

    Thanks for the response @corrinarusso. I learned something since I last responded. I very briefly ‘parked’ my domain when I was having some issues. I did this using my hosting service cPanel interface. I found out that when I park the domain, they add the folder ‘virivirtutes.com-redirect’, which contains the file index.html, which points to the parked page for the domain. For some reason, they use searchvity.com as the parked page! I have searched and searched on the web for documentation of the naming convention for a folder of ‘<domain name>-redirect’, and still haven’t found anything.

    Bottom line: I deleted the folder! Thanks again.

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