What Is Wordpress Malware?
Malware is a word that inspires dread in the online community. Everyone knows that the presence of these scripts and programs on a website (or on your device) means trouble. By definition, malware refers to software that is specifically designed to interfere with the normal functioning of programs and hardware components in a computer system. They are sometimes referred to as viruses given their infective and destructive nature and the ability of some of them to multiply. They usually "attack’ unprotected systems with Wordpress websites not being an exception.
NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF MALWARE
The worst thing about malware programs is that they can be designed to damage you site in ways that you cannot predict. So if your Wordpress site appears to be infected with malware, you need to take immediate action to protect the site and the people who visit. Below are some of the most common problems faced by people who have infected sites. If yours is showing any of these signs then your site is also probably infected.
- Unauthorized ads
Hackers use malware to create back doors that allow them to access your site. They use this to drop their ads which occupy your web page space and can be a nuisance to people who visit your site.
- Unauthorized links to other websites
Hackers also use the malware to add their own links onto your website. These more often than not lead to sites that further infect your site and the client’s device.
- Unauthorized access and tampering with member’s information
This is one of the most serious negative effects of having malware on your Wordpress website. The malicious programs and computer viruses allow access to confidential information including your client’s personal information. So if your Wordpress site appears to be infected with malware, you need to take immediate action to protect the site and the people who visit.
- Problems loading the page and navigating
When your site is infected with malware or viruses, failed loading and slow navigation are more problems that you will have to deal with. This is because the malicious programs can interfere with the proper algorithm that ensures proper functioning of the website.
After all is said and done, it goes without saying that you do not want to have malware on your Wordpress site. To ensure that you are protected, you can install free Wordpress security plugins that will help protect your website from future attacks.
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