Ways To Recover Hacked Account

by Monday, November 04, 2013 0 comments
WordPress is one of the most popular content management systems at present. However as a general law, the increasing popularity comes with a number of dangerous has gained attention of bad boys as well. There are so many people who are reporting the cases of hacked WordPress account on a regular basis. So I have thought of putting a complete guide to discuss how to recover your hacked WordPress.

Ways To Recover Hacked Account
Below is the perfect path to follow to get your hacked account back:
Backup – Even if your website is infected to a small extent, it is still very much necessary to secure the backup for your website before waiting for watching the things turning into worst. Don’t forget to take backup of your entire database and all files. You can also try for a faster solution by using BackupBuddy.
Change Login Details and Secret Access Keys – At the time you sense the hacking attempt, just try to login to your account to check whether your login details are still effective or not. If the username and password details are not yet changed then immediately change all the WordPress secret access keys in wp-config.php file and of-course your username and password.
Running Scanners – Running a scanner is also a very helpful step and comes at number 3 in this list. The scanners are basically used for identifying the compromises at the level of database. You can try out Cloud Sites WP Scanner plug-in or Sucuri Malware Scanner. After running the scanner you should make sure to move the next step stated below.
Installing Your WordPress Again – Next important step involves Deleting all the files existing in the directory of WordPress except wp-config.php file and wp-content directory. After that you need to download and install a totally fresh copy of WordPress. Now edit the wp-config-sample.php file by substituting the sample values by picking the actual database values from the wp-config.php file that you haven’t deleted as stated above. Now you can delete the present file and replace it with your own file.
Review Content Folder – Next task involved to check all the folders to find ones with any suspicious activity in your wp-content directory. So carefully analyze the folders content and remove any one that seems not to be belonging to you. If you later find that the folder was actually needed then you can get it back from your backup.
Analyze and Re-install Your Plug-ins – The next steps after completing with reviewing the folders’ content includes reviewing the plug-ins. Collect information about what plug-ins you are not using currently and uninstall them all for the time being. Now coming to all other activated plug-ins that you are using currently, deactivate and delete these plug-ins and then re-install and activate the active plug-ins.
Analyze Your Themes – Now the next thing that should be taken care of is the task of removing the extra themes which are not in use currently. Next task again involves reviewing your activated theme. Look through the PHP or Javascript code to find out any suspicious activity there. Most of the time hackers make such malicious changes in header.php or footer.php files.

Following this step by step guide can really help you a lot in getting your WordPress back. Also always remember to keep checking for the activities on your WordPress site. Also make it a habit to keep a time by time backup of your database. For more recovery details you can check onhttp://codex.wordpress.org/FAQ_My_site_was_hacked

Raja Aakash


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