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How to Identify and Repair a Hacked WordPress Site – Bonus – What Happens when Database Restore Fails

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The next thing to do then in this process of repairing a hacked WordPress site is to reinstall the old database. Because this is using a brand new empty database, right? So let’s come back over to our phpMyAdmin on this now and click on this database. Here are all of our newly created tables,

How to Identify and Repair a Hacked WordPress Site – How to Prevent your Site from Being Hacked

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Now I want to talk about things to do to prevent your site from being hacked into in the future because I have no idea why this happened to you, Leah. It's very clearly a hack of Genesis because the hack files only existed in the Genesis functions file and in the Agency Theme functions

How to Identify and Repair a Hacked WordPress Site – Step 8 – Final Steps

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Rick: Okay, and if we view the page source we have body classes excellent. Leah do you have your copy of BackupBuddy there immediately available? Leah: Let me take a quick look. Rick: Well, can you log in to your site and install BackupBuddy? Leah: I don't know, I think I might need to grab

How to Identify and Repair a Hacked WordPress Site – Step 7 – Finish Restoring the Site

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One of the things we need to do is move wp-content uploads back into the site from the saved location. In that case, what we'll do is come back over to old-leah and wp-content and then we're going to choose uploads. We're going to move that to web root wp-content, say okay to that. Once

How to Identify and Repair a Hacked WordPress Site – Step 6 – Sanitize the Old Database

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Now that we’ve reinstalled the old database, the next step is to sanitize it. We're going to finish the install by moving all the images and things like that that are here now but before we do that, we just want to sanitize the database. Sanitizing the database means that we're going to search and

How to Identify and Repair a Hacked WordPress Site – Step 5 – Reinstall the Old Database

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So we’ve reinstalled WordPress manually and the next thing to do in this process of repairing a hacked WordPress site is to reinstall the old database. This is using a brand new empty database, right? So if we come back over to our phpMyAdmin on this and click on this database, here are all of

How to Identify and Repair a Hacked WordPress Site – Step 4 – Reinstall WordPress Manually

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So having removed the existing WordPress installation from the hacked WordPress site we can move on to the next step which is to reinstall WordPress manually. The way we install WordPress manually is to come over to wordpress.org and download WordPress. Now, if you know you're using WordPress 3.8 you can do it here but

How to Identify and Repair a Hacked WordPress Site – Step 2 – Prepare to Repair the Hacked Site

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Since we have identified that we have a hacked WordPress site and we know the problem lies with this malware that's been planted on the site, now we have to go through the process of fixing it. The first step in fixing the site is actually preparing to fix the site. So what that means

How to Identify and Repair a Hacked WordPress Site – Step 3 – Remove the Existing WordPress Installation

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We’re on to step 3 of fixing a hacked WordPress site after having done all the preparatory work for the site repair. Someone pointed out here earlier that BackupBuddy can also identify malware. So if you're using BackupBuddy you can use the malware skin. We did that during the break and found that it found

How to Identify and Repair a Hacked WordPress Site – Step 1 – Identify the Problem

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Now, the very first step in this process of fixing a hacked WordPress site is to identify where the problem lies and what I've done is laid out the potential problem areas, sort of in order of intensity and difficulty to identify or an impact. Because the first one is the easiest to diagnose and

How to Identify and Repair a Hacked WordPress Site – Introduction – The Symptoms of the Hacked Site

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Good morning everybody and welcome to this special seminar on How to Identify and Fix a Hacked WordPress Website. I'm going to start this off by showing you the problem on a member’s website. It appears partly on her homepage. Her image here is not clickable, this should be taking us to her homepage not

How to Identify and Repair a Hacked WordPress Site

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Learn how to identify and repair a hacked WordPress site by following the steps outlined in this seminar. We show how to identify specific problems and what steps to take to fix them. Then we talk about specific actions you can take to prevent your site from being hacked in the future.

How to Fix a Hacked WordPress Site

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Follow along as we fix a hacked WordPress site and learn how to both prevent the problem from happening to you and what to do if it ever does happen. We give an overview of the process and then go through each of the necessary steps to fix the site. In the final part we discuss how to prevent your site from being hacked.

How to Fix a Hacked WordPress Site – Part 9 – Prevent Your Site from Being Hacked

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In this session we discuss how to prevent your site from being hacked. Outdated plugins, themes and WordPress versions are always the cause of the problems so they should always be updated even if they are not activated. We discuss how to prevent vulnerability in the WordPress core files thus eliminating the potential for failures.

How to Fix a Hacked WordPress Site – Part 8 – Backup the Repaired Site

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In this session we show how to backup the repaired site and discuss the different backup procedures to recover from the damage hacking has done. We’re going to backup this site. Now had this person backed this site up this way in the past, we wouldn’t had to go through all the rest of this

How to Fix a Hacked WordPress Site – Part 7 – Scan the Site for Malware

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In this session we show how to scan the site for malware using BackupBuddy and to make sure everything is working fine. We check for updates and talk about the security plans with BackupBuddy to report threats. Now the next thing we’re going to do is scan our site just to make sure we’re all

How to Fix a Hacked WordPress Site – Part 6 – Check the Database for Malware

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In this session we show how to check the database for malware and infections by testing the site for URL hijacking and Pharma Hack after the site is up. We check for any infections that are present and remove them. The next thing to do is to check our database to see if there are

How to Fix a Hacked WordPress Site – Part 5 – Run the WordPress Installation Routine

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In this session we show how run the WordPress installation routine which connects the new files to the old database. We need the database location, database username, database password and we have to change the admin password and the admin account. These are the things we need when we create a wp-config file. The next

How to Fix a Hacked WordPress Site – Part 4 – Upload New Files

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In this session we show how to move everything that currently exists to a toss file and upload the necessary files for WordPress. We also show how to extract files and install them. The next thing we’re going to do is upload the necessary files. That means that we have to go get WordPress and

How to Fix a Hacked WordPress Site – Part 3 – Backup Everything You Can

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In this session we show how to backup everything possible from the WordPress files and database manually. Since we can’t access everything from a hacked site, we get go to the root of the directory, select the WordPress files and compress them as a zip archive to create a copy of the whole thing. The