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Help with a Hacked Joomla or Wordpress site

You can be security conscious and still get hacked ! I was I can help you and give you some tips to move you forwards in getting back to a healthy website.

Has my website been hacked ?

​Suspect you might have been hacked ? Well there can be a few symptoms. And the issue is google doesn't tell you before your rankings take a dive. Remember google is not a system to tell you if you are in bad shape but it does provide some great clues. The webmasters console is the place to start to look for clues.
The symptoms can include the following:

  • ​A sudden drop in ranking across the whole site
  • New javascript errors
The google webmasters console has been maligned by some in the seo game as it doesn't deliver the same quality as does the google analytics tool. I am not using the webmasters tool for seo nor should you be but it is the best tool for finding the hacks if present.


So one example of looking for clues in the console is in the crawl > crawl errors menu on the left side. If you are serious about your website you should already know about the console and have a login. If not then I encourage you to get started with the web property in question. I also recommend that you add both www. and non www. versions to the tool. You will need to be able to prove that you own the website in some capacity.​ 

Within the crawl errors page you can make decisions about blocking some content using your robots.txt file covered in an article on this blog. You might not need to do that so check the tabs for not found section like this:

This site is now fixed but you need to mark them as fixed to google. See the red button.

Of course in your site you need to look through the console to discover the urls as they may not show up here if they are not 404ing. One thing you can do right now is the site: operator for use in google. If you are not familiar with search operators in google here is a good guide.

while in google.com use this to check yoursite.com for the occurance of viagra - you can check other terms such as prescription, drugs etc you get the idea..this unfortunately needs doing the minute you suspect you have been hacked. Google finds these links as that is the need of the hacker in fact. So it is also his weakness.

site:yoursite.com viagra

Tips for Joomla users

Inside the backend of joomla check the components > redirects component. There can be some funny urls in here.

  • Always do your site updates and check the permissions on the folders are correct especially if you are using a shared server.
  • Keep the plugins you use to an absolute minimum and make sure the plugin is well subscribed to and has thousands of users and is frequently updated.

Good luck and stay hack free in future.

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