4 free tools to check your site for malware infection
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So, you had signs that your site might have been affected by malware? How can you confirm that before taking any further measure? Use free online malware scanner services
- Sucuri SiteCheck scanner
- Google's safe browsing checker
- Google Search Console
- Personal Antivirus software
Sucuri SiteCheck scanner is an online free website malware and security scanner. It will check your site for known malware, blacklisting status, website errors, and out-of-date software. Just enter your site URL and press “Scan website”. The service is free and it will give you a comprehensive report about your site health. Use it before your site become blacklisted by your web hosting provider or google etc.
Google's safe browsing checker examines billions of URLs per day looking for unsafe websites. If it discovers a compromised website, it shows warnings on Google Search results and in web browsers such. It is a very accurate tool to confirm the health of your site, but if you are flagged as hacked, the results are viewable to your site visitors too. The service is free.
Google Search Console (formerly known as Google Webmaster Tools) is a great tool for webmasters and developer. Among its other features it has a “Security Issues” tab. If the tool, while google’s crawl bot scans your web pages, detects any harmful content, raise a warning. The service is free and it requires to have a valid account and register your site domain name. Again, if google knows you serve harmful content, your clients knows that ,too.
If you have an up-to-date antivirus software which offers internet security, when you visit your web pages, it will catch any malware -if any. Keep in mind to always have your antivirus engine and definitions updates to the last version. There are numerous free and paid antivirus software you can use. The choice is up to you.
Hands up: although all these tools have been developed by leading companies using edge techology, 100% accuracy is not guaranteed. Always doublecheck the results of one tool with these from the other tools as well.
In the next articles we will show you how to clean your affected site and keep it secure.
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