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  • When I try to access my blog all I get is a page that looks like an official WordPress page with the latter part of the url: blahblah.com /wp-admin/install.php

    I took a screen print but I can’t display it here so the page says:

    Welcome

    Welcome to the famous five minute WordPress installation process! You may want to browse the ReadMe documentation at your leisure. Otherwise, just fill in the information below and you’ll be on your way to using the most extendable and powerful personal publishing platform in the world.
    Information needed

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    When I try to access my blog all I get is a page that looks like an official WordPress page with the latter part of the url: blahblah.com /wp-admin/install.php

    I took a screen print but I can’t display it here so the page says:

    Welcome

    Welcome to the famous five minute WordPress installation process! You may want to browse the ReadMe documentation at your leisure. Otherwise, just fill in the information below and you’ll be on your way to using the most extendable and powerful personal publishing platform in the world.

    There is then an input for “blog name” and e-mail address.

    I suspect a scam and that if I were to click on anything I would get a virus. Any help would be appreciated.

    I make a habit of just install only from wordpress.org and not download anything from third party websites unless I know it is safe to get from a trusted site.

    In your case why not download from wordpress.org.

    You have missed the point. I already have my own wordpress site. It has been hijacked and re-directed to mysite.com/wp-admin/install.php

    did you delete the install.php file after the install as you should not have one ones you have installed.

    from the source:

    <p><?php printf( __( 'Welcome to the famous five minute WordPress installation process! You may want to browse the <a href="%s">ReadMe documentation</a> at your leisure. Otherwise, just fill in the information below and you’ll be on your way to using the most extendable and powerful personal publishing platform in the world.' ), '../readme.html' ); ?></p>

    so it looks ok to me.

    Now you say your blog is already set up? in that case check for the existence of wp-config.php in the root of your WordPress installation.

    If that is there and fine, then check the database and see if is still there.

    No, it isn’t fine. It’s a fake. My index.php in the content folder has the message “silence is golden” and little else and yes I did delete install.php years ago when this blog was first set up.

    If your database is intact then follow this instructions to clear the hack

    http://codex.wordpress.org/FAQ_My_site_was_hacked

    the content of your wp-content/index.php is supposed to look like:

    <?php
    // Silence is golden.
    ?>

    is your your database still intact?

    What? it’s supposed to have “silence is golden” in it?

    I don’t know if the database is intact, I am currently unable to ftp into the site, and anyway how do I find out if my database is intact?

    Do you have access to phpMyadmin? via Cpanel or similar perhaps.

    Or do you have any recent db backups?

    and yes that is what is supposed to be in that file.

    “What? it’s supposed to have ‘silence is golden’ in it?”
    Yes, the index.php files inserted in a lot of different folders have only one purpose: to prevent people, especially hackers, from displaying the contents of each folder by simply pointing their browser to that folder.

    Very handy technique that is also useful outside WordPress. Otherwise, anyone can, for example, see what media files are in a folder and download each file.

    “Do you have access to phpMyadmin? via Cpanel or similar perhaps.

    Or do you have any recent db backups?”

    Yes, I can do phpMyadmin via Cpanel. I can also get a backup from my mirror site on wordpress.com

    I have never used phpMyadmin though.

    Ahhh if you’ve never used it then I’d suggest you be careful. It is fairly straight forward to use, but will look intimidating. However it is outside the realm of this forum to really help on how to use it.

    So, lets try another route – contact your web host and ask them 😉 That’s why they are there after all.

    Mention that you have had a WordPress blog for a while, and suddenly you are seeing the standard WordPress install page. This usually only happens when you first setup WordPress, and shouldn’t be appearing. Additionally you suspect you were hacked.

    Ask them to look into it for you.

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