I guess I am just ignorant or something but I did not know until recently that our blogs could get viruses.
I was aware that my computer could get a virus and I know a little bit about getting rid of viruses on my computer.
I have had some experiences recently with viruses or malware on blogs and blogs that are tagged as phishing sites.
One thing I have noticed is that the blog owner does not necessarily get the warning but everyone else does. Someone else has to tell you it is happening or you do not even know about it.
Very Scary Warnings
These are very scary warnings when someone sends one of these to you because they have visited your site and this is what they saw.
The top image was produced by the antivirus software I have on my computer when I visited another bloggers blog. The bottom image was sent to me by a friend when they visited one of my blogs. They received this warning when they tried to go to a page on my blog.
I will have to say I was terrified but thankful when I received the phishing site image from my friend. I was relieved that he had sent it to me and terrified as I had no idea of what to do next.
I am sure the person I sent the top warning to had the same feelings.
What To Do
There are actually several thing you can do after you get done panicking.
Google Webmaster Tools
Google Webmaster Tools is a great set of tools supplied free by Google. If you have never used Google Webmaster Tools before you should check out a series on Google Webmaster Tools over at Mayura De Silva’s blog. Mayura does an excellent job of walking you through how to use Google Webmaster Tools. I am not going to cover all of the basics here. I will just be covering how to run a malware scan on your blog.
How To Scan Your Blog For Malware Using Google Webmaster Tools
Go to the Home Page for Google Webmaster Tools and select the blog that you want to scan.
If you do not have a Google Webmaster Tools account you will have to set up an account. If you have an account then you will need to log in. If you have never added your blog to Google Webmaster Tools you will need to add your blog before you can continue.
You will be taken to this page where you will click on Malware
When you click on Malware you will be taken to this screen.
If you have never run a scan on your site you will be given the option here to run a scan for malware on your blog.
I have already run scans on my blogs so I just get the message that there is no malware detected on my site.
This is good news if I thought there was a virus on my website.
Where To Go From Here
After running the test for Malware on your site you will know if there are any viruses on your blog.
Google Webmaster Tools will now walk you though a series of steps to rid your blog of the virus.
I am not going to go through all of that as there are many different paths depending on what you have found and what happens when you follow their instructions.
I have gone through all of the steps for my blog that has the Phishing warning on it. Even though the Phishing warning is not a virus I wanted to make sure I did not have a virus which was causing the warning.
I think I have solved my problem but am still doing checks on it.
As I said in the beginning these warnings are not visible to the blog owner so you have to get other people to check for you. This is very time consuming so I am still working on it. The good thing is I do not have a virus.
If you ever see a warning when you go to a blog be sure you let the blog owner know so they can address the issue.
Now you know what to do if you ever get a virus on your blog.
What About You?
Have you ever had a virus? Do you have more suggestions on how to handle viruses on blogs?
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After writing the post I found another site that will scan your URL for any infections. It actually catches more that the Google Webmaster Tools as far as I can see.