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How viruses and malwares affect WordPress websites?

Many people don't pay attention on site security or how viruses and malwares affect WordPress websites. Most people who install WordPress never read the instructions. And when they do read them, they do not pay attention to anything except the part about how easy it is to use. In other words, most people who use WordPress are "lurkers." They only come to the site once in a while to see if there's anything new. Or maybe to leave a comment. Or to get an email from the site owner announcing some kind of special offer.

But these people are like sitting ducks for the "bad guys". They are the weakest link in the chain because... They are too busy "selling" to care about protecting their own websites. And that's why the "bad guys" have decided to go after them first. Which, I admit, makes perfect sense.

An introduction to WordPress malware

Malware stands for "malicious software." The term is often used as a generic for any type of software or program that is specifically written to cause problems on a computer, website, etc..

WordPress malware is different from the usual "drive-by" malware - that's the kind of virus that sits in your computer and does nothing until you actually use it for something. Then they get activated and start sending spam or malicious emails. The bad guys can also use these "dormant" viruses to spread unnoticed like wildfire across a computer network.

WordPress malware, however, was designed specifically for WordPress users. Reason is simple: most WordPress users do not know how to protect their websites. That's why these "bad guys" have decided to go after the weakest link in the chain... And that is... YOU!

In the world of malware, there are different types: some are designed to steal your customers' emails and passwords. Others are designed to redirect customers to a competitor's website. And there are still other types that add offensive material to your site without your knowledge.

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WordPress viruses are one of the biggest problems in a field of websites. They can do almost anything. From simply slowing down your website to completely destroying it.

Some of them are installed by malicious hackers, others by infected users, and some of them are installed by malicious plugin authors.

There are several ways someone can infect a website:

  • There is a program on the computer you use to log into servers via FTP that "grabs" the password
  • Web sites contain code bugs that allow for various code injections
  • Brute-force FTP accounts/passwords, especially if the password is simple.

Whatever it is, it can cause great problems and bring you great material harm.

Although it is a subject that is talked and written about a lot. There are still people who do not experience such situations enough seriously. At the end, unfortunately, to his detriment.

How viruses and malwares affect WordPress websites?

Website issues caused by malware/viruses are one of the most common support issues. There is no shortage of them. Sometimes they are very simple to fix. In other cases, they can be quite complex. But you shouldn’t ignore them. And you can’t.

These are the 3 most common issues when your website is affected by malware/viruses:

  • Deterioration of website user experience / browsers performance: websites become slow, load external JavaScript/iFrame resources, mine cryptocurrencies
  • Degradation of SEO performance: SEO spamming (e.g. the pharma hack), Google blacklisting
  • Overuse of server resources: attacking other websites, sending spam emails, using a large amount of storage, slowing down the website.

The best methods to protect your WordPress website from malware/viruses

These are the most common methods to protect your websites from malware/viruses:

  1. Use a good anti-virus/firewall program for your website
  2. Use some type of malware / virus scanner for your WordPress installation
  3. Keep your WordPress and website files up to date
  4. Do not run software from a source that you are not 100% sure is safe
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  6. Make sure all your themes are secure
  7. Change your passwords frequently
  8. Do not use the same password for multiple accounts
  9. Use a unique, complex and strong password for each of your accounts
  10. 2-factor authentication is a must!
  11. Use a password vault like LastPass or 1Password
  12. Never store your password on your computer or hard drive
  13. Make sure your antivirus software on the PC is up to date and run a scan regularly
  14. Backup your WordPress installation frequently
  15. Use an SSL certificate for all websites
  16. Update your website frequently with the latest versions of WordPress
  17. Avoid pop-ups and running unknown programs
  18. Disable all plugins except the ones you absolutely need

Is my website slowed down by WordPress antivirus/malware tools?

People often ask if WordPress security tools (antivirus/malware) could be slowing down their websites. WordPress antivirus/malware tools will not slow down your website in any way if you choose high quality tools like Virusdie, MalCare, Sucuri and others.

Quality website security tools only scan the files on your website and make sure they are safe to upload. This will not affect the performance of your website in any way.

You can use all of the above tools to scan your site for malware and to determine if your site has been penalized by Google. Security tools can also notify you when new files appear on your site that you have not uploaded, or when some files have been changed.


Do not take WordPress security lightly, because if you do, you could end up losing a lot more than just your website. You could also lose all the data on your website that is most important to your business.

Your website is your online storefront, and if it gets hit by malware, your sales could take a nosedive.

If you use the same email account for your business and your personal life, you could suddenly be cut off from both.

It's not impossible to recover from a website attack, but it does take time, effort, and money. If you have an established website with lots of visitors, it can take months or even years to get back to where you were before the attack.

With a few simple precautions, you can dramatically increase the security of your WordPress website to prevent malware, viruses, hacker attacks, and any other malicious attempts to infiltrate your website.

We hope this post helps you understand the full risk of successful attacks on your WordPress website and helps you significantly increase the security of your site. 

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Written by Ivica Delic

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