Few days back one of my client website got infected by malware and it was affected by some self replication malware via infected PC. Hosting company cleaned the malware but the problem still persists in terms of visitors getting message like
Warning : Visiting This site may harm your computer!
Due to this his traffic was dropping as no users were opening the site after seeing this warning. None the less, we noticed a significant drop in the ranking of many prominent first page keywords. Sigh! It was a bad situation.
Here I have shared what you can do in such scenario:
1: Clean your blog
By cleaning I meant, remove malware from your blog. You can do it yourself with popular WordPress plugins or you can ask your hosting company to do that. If you are on a free hosting kind of place, I believe you are in real trouble, as free hosting companies don’t offer support.Try to use Malware checker WordPress plugins to find malware & than delete it.
Once you are sure that your blog is free from malware, it’s time to ask Google to remove the “Visiting This site may harm your computer!” warning.
Asking Google to review your site after malware removal:
If your website is already added to Google webmaster tool, than you can direcly follow the steps outlined after this section. If not, You need to add your website to Google webmaster tools and verify the ownership. Feel free to take help of my previous post on how to submit sitemap to Google webmaster tool, in that post I have mentioned how you can verify the ownership.
After verifying your website, you can refer to my post on Google Webmaster tool added Malware detection tools, There you can find the place for requesting a review for your website.
According to official Google help page :
- On the Webmaster Tools Home page, select the site you want.
- In the Parts of this site may be distributing malware message, click More details.
- Click Request a review.
I’m sure this will be helpful for any one who are in the same situation, or you can bookmark it for future reference. If you face any problem feel free to let me know.
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