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Malware is a general term for malicious software and is a growing problem on the internet. Hackers install malware without your consent by exploiting security weaknesses on your server and gaining access to your website.
The malware code is not visible or easily detected, and may infect your customers computers when they simply browse your website. Hackers use it to spread viruses, hijack your computer or steal sensitive data such as credit card numbers or other personal information.
Because of the potential damage caused by malware search engines automatically place any site found with malware on a blocked list or blacklist, excluding it from search results.
No matter how much search engine optimization is performed, if your site is blacklisted, it will not be displayed in search results. In addition, anti-virus software can detect malware and block access to infected sites.
Any website is at risk. Small websites might be more vulnerable because they are less likely to have resources and expertise to detect and respond quickly to attacks. Malware may infect your customers computers when they simply browse your website. Targeting small websites with low traffic allows hackers to avoid detection longer and cause more damage.
Hackers are constantly developing new ways to exploit weaknesses on servers and attack websites. Once an exploit is found they access your website and add malware without your knowledge or consent.
Malware is rarely visible on your website; it is usually hidden in your webpage code. A malware scan by a malware detection tool can help you identify infected code.
If malware is detected, you will be notified and directed to a list of infected pages and the code causing the problem. Your website administrator can find and delete all instances of the code and request that your site be rescanned within 24 hours.
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