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Track and Scan Your WordPress Website for Hidden Malware

By Snap Agency August 13, 2016

Despite being using the best content management system i.e., WordPress, you are always in the anxiety of seeing your site getting hacked. Yes, it’s true. Most of the hackers and spammers are targeting websites powered by WordPress – this is due to the growing popularity of WordPress all around the World.

They easily gain access to your site and infect it with malware such as:

  • Pharma Hacks: Insert spam to your WordPress site database and files.
  • Malicious Redirects: This practice redirects visitors to a page of theirs that misguide them into downloading a malicious file.
  • Backdoors: Hackers get into your site via FTP or your WP admin area.
  • Phishing: It is used to acquire the login details of WordPress user, along with email addresses and other sensitive information.
  • File and Database Injections: It adds code to your database that enables the hackers to perform some different activities.

Therefore, it is essential for every WordPress site owner to take some serious steps that can improve the security of their site. As a WordPress user, you should find some robust solutions that can help you detect the suspicious element within your site, installed themes and plugins with ease.

In this blog post, we will explore some useful tools and plugins that will help you track and scan your WP site for hidden malware or other suspicious threats.

Let’s get started!


1.    Sucuri SiteCheck

Availability: Sucuri

Sucuri SiteCheck is an amazing tool developed by Sucuri, which is known for its world’s best security and malware scanning solutions.

It is a modern-age scanner that will check your site for known malware, common site errors, blacklisting status, and outdated software that could harm the security of your site. You can also use it to detect defacements, and spam injections within your site.

The best thing about this tool is that you can track and scan your site whether its server has been blacklisted or not. However, one of the downsides of Sucuri SiteCheck is that you need to scan your site manually.

Note: Upgrade to its premium version if you want to access its advanced features, such as automatic alters via email or twitter. The premium edition can help remove your malware for you and also eliminate your site from blacklists.


2.    Anti-Malware

Availability: WordPress Plugin Directory

The Anti-Malware is a great plugin for WordPress that tracks and scans your site for malware, viruses, and other security vulnerabilities on your site server and automatically removes it (if found any).

With the help of this plugin, you can strengthen the security of your wp-login.php page. This will help you stop brute force attacks. The plugin automatically scans your site to remove known security threats and backdoor scripts.

You can also check the integrity of your WP core files using an Anti-Malware plugin.

3.    Wordfence Security

Availability: WordPress Plugin Directory

Wordfence Security is the most promising WordPress security plugin on the web. It boasts over 1 million of active installs till now.

The plugin runs a complete scan on your site core files, plugin files, and theme files to find any suspicious security threat or vulnerability. There are tons of powerful options that can protect your site from hackers and spammers.

It also offers a Premium API key that renders premium support, scheduled scans, password auditing, and country blocking like features to you. Its Live Traffic view provides you real-time stats of your web traffic and also show you number of hack attempts on your site.


4.    CodeGuard

Availability: CodeGuard

CodeGuard is a reliable backup service that offers automated backups within a single click. It also monitors all of your changes daily and gives you a notification if it finds any malware.

The service follows the simple procedure of scanning and detecting a change within your website. Even, you can also download a zip of the contents on the go.

Note: The plan begins from $ 5 per month to backup and monitors one site.


5.    AntiVirus

Availability: WordPress Plugin Directory

AntiVirus is a credible security plugin for WordPress that protects your site against hackers, spammers, and spam injections. The plugin scans your site’s theme files daily to ensure whether there is any malicious code or not.

It comes with a virus alert option in the WP admin bar to give you a notification via email about any malware detection. The plugin helps you become aware of the issue that is weakening the security of your site.

However, the major disadvantage of this plugin is that it will only scan your existing/current WP theme. It means that your other installed theme won’t be scanned. Well, I would recommend you to remove all the inactive themes because hackers usually target outdated themes to gain access to a website.


6.    Quttera Web Malware Scanner

Availability: WordPress Plugin Directory

The Quttera Web Malware Scanner is an incredible WP plugin that scans your site for various security threats, such as code injections, malicious iframes, hidden eval code, and backdoors on your behalf.

After scanning your site, it will create a report to display you a list of suspicious files, and lets you know whether your site has been blacklisted by ISPs or not.

It is a great solution that can help you protect your site against hackers and other security threats.


7.    WP Antivirus Site Protection by SiteGuarding

Availability: WordPress Plugin Directory

Use this plugin to scan your website for fraud tools, rootkits, Trojan horses, spyware, and adware. It also scans theme files, plugin files, and media files to check whether there is any malicious code or not.

It also notifies you via email in your WordPress admin area if it finds any malware or other security threats.

Note: You can also upgrade to its premium version to avail its advanced features and security solutions.



All the plugins and solutions mentioned in this blog post are reliable and offer you multiple benefits that can prevent your site against hackers and spammers.

Choose the most relevant solution from the list and scan your WordPress site for hidden malware and other security threats.