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Random Themes Being Installed? Hacking? (4 posts)

  1. maculated
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Hi guys,

    Every couple days I log into http://www.mudmash.com to check on how it's doing and the theme it's running is totally wrong and I have to reactivate the theme I want. It's like someone is logging into my site, uploading a theme, and that's it.

    Most recently it's a theme called "startup."

    Any idea why this keeps happening? Driving me nuts. Thank you so much.

  2. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 4 years ago #

    That sounds far more like a bad theme or plugin. Have you tried:

    - deactivating all plugins to see if this resolves the problem. If this works, re-activate the plugins one by one until you find the problematic plugin(s).

    - switching to the Twenty Eleven theme to rule out any theme-specific problems.

    - resetting the plugins folder by FTP or PhpMyAdmin. Sometimes, an apparently inactive plugin can still cause problems.

    - re-uploading all files & folders - except the wp-content folder - from a fresh download of WordPress.

  3. maculated
    Posted 4 years ago #

    That is really interesting that it could be a cause. Do you know why? Just for curiosity's sake? It is the plugin is "hacking" or something else?

    Anyway, I will try what you're suggesting, but I can't switch to Twenty-Eleven. I'll be back if the plugin deactivation thing doesn't work. I did completely reupload everything as described last go round because I thought the theme had "broken."

    Thank you so much.

  4. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 4 years ago #

    I can't switch to Twenty-Eleven.

    Why not? This is an essential part of the basic troubleshooting process.

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