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  • Resolved treetopcoach


    I’ve been away from my blog for 2 months. When I checked in today I found about 40 pages of posts in either another language or gibberish that I (obviously) didn’t write in the last 2.5 months. I started deleting them and now have encountered an “error with trash” message, meaning I can’t delete the rest of the posts.

    My question is twofold:
    1) How do I (in Mac parlance) “empty the trash”? and
    2) How the hell did these posts get here anyway? These are POSTS, not comments. I guess I need to change my password.

    thanks in advance for your help.


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  • To empty the Trash, go to Admin->Posts->All Posts and click on ‘Trash’ in the second row.

    This should bring up a page of posts that are in the Trash. Click ‘Empty Trash’ at the end of the third row.

    Your site may have been hacked. Most of the time, hackers put a ‘back door’ into your site, so you will need to find and eliminate that before your site is clean.

    Here is a Codex FAQ that should help;

    Thank you very much for your reply vtxyzzy. I’m now on the road to trying to figure out everything I need to do. Dang, it’s a drag that hackers are now getting Macs, too.

    Here is an on-line security service that offers a free scan of your site:

    The only problem is that it reports ‘possible threats’, and there are usually a lot of legitimate pieces of code that ‘might’ be threats. This means that you have to sort through a lot of messages to find any real threats.

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