Malware is computer code that is installed and run on your computer without your permission. For a business, malware infections can cause loss of intellectual property, customer data, financial fraud and destruction to property.
If your company’s website is infected, it can destroy your online reputation and drive customers away in droves. Thankfully, Google provides a variety of tools for detecting and avoiding malware on your business website and websites you visit.
Check a Website URL
1. Locate the URL of the site you want to scan for malware. In Google search results, this can be found in green text below the blue link. Note that if you suspect a website may be serving malware, do not click on the blue link. Do not include “http://” in the URLs. Example URLs include “www.google.com” or “blog.svnlabs.com/how-to-clean-malware-from-website/.”
Note that some long URLs may be truncated in the green text in the Google results. You may also copy the URL by right-clicking on the blue link and selecting the “Copy Link Location” option from the context menu.
2. Enter the following URL into your browser’s address bar, replacing “WEBSITE_URL” with the site URL in question.
3. Examine the returned results for signs of malware. The results indicate whether the site is considered suspicious, what happened when Google bots indexed the site in the past 90 days, whether the site has been used to spread malware and whether the site has hosted malware or other malicious software.
Check Your Google-Indexed Website
1. Navigate to Google Webmaster Tools (link in Resources) and log in using the account you use to manage your company’s website with Google.
2. Click the “Health” menu, followed by “Malware.”
3. Select the “Request a Review” option to have Google analyze your site for the presence of malware. This is the primary means of removing the Google warning notifying visitors that your site may be serving malware. Of course, any malware on your site should already have been removed. If your site was flagged in error, you should file a reconsideration request rather than a malware review.