[resolved] Google Analytics Finds PHP files that do not exist on server (3 posts)

  1. Hepburn
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hello All;

    I've run into a strange situation and I'm glad the forum is here, 'cause I need help.

    I recently started running readcontrols.com through Google Analytics. The service listed 2 pages that I cannot find on my server:

    • funup.php (in root dir)
    • surprise.php (in root dir)

    Ring any bells? Not for me, and I don't like the names either. I suspect malicious code.

    Here's what I've done:
    installed 2 plugins TAC and Sucuri Security - SiteCheck Malware Scanner: both return a clean site/theme(s)

    Checked entire server space with Filezilla search for the files.

    I would like to know where these files come from.

  2. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Ring any bells?

    No - they are not WordPress files.

  3. Hepburn
    Posted 1 year ago #

    After learning a little bit more about Google Analytics I found that this is inbound requests for pages that do not exist on the site, however Google Analytics is reporting them as site pages. I think these are inbound links from a previous hack that happened on the domain.

    I am going to learn more about the 404 script that WP runs when a page is not found. The person that originally built the theme did not make graceful 404 pages. The learning never stops.

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