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What to Do When Your Site Gets Blacklisted

Most site owners only start to think about security when their site gets hacked (infected with malware) and consequently blacklisted by Google with a malware warning to visitors.

So, here is what you need to do once you find out that your site is blacklisted:

*If you are a Sucuri customer, just open a support request and we will take care of it.

How to Deal With a Website Blacklist

  1. Save your index file and put a new one saying something like “Site is under maintenance, come back soon”. It will avoid more users getting infected through your site.
  2. Scan your site for malware. You can register with us and run a complete scan or use our free (but limited) remote website security scanner.
  3. Remove the identified malware. If you can’t find where it is, check some of these articles with ideas on how to find/remove malware:
  4. If you are using a CMS (WordPress, Joomla, osCommerce, etc), update it to the latest version asap. If you can, remove all plugins and themes and start fresh.
  5. Change all your passwords and make sure your desktop is not infected. This post gives some tips on how to secure your desktop.
  6. Log in to Google Search Console (Formerly Webmaster Tools).
  7. Add your site on Google Search Console and follow their instructions to verify your site.
  8. Click on Request Review in the Security section to get it re-verified by Google (it can take a few days before Google clears your site):

Requesting blacklist removal

Warnings from Google

Those are the recommended steps. If your site is blacklisted, you will get a warning when visiting it (if you are using Chrome, Firefox or Safari):

Warning: Visiting this site may harm your computer!
The website at www.xxx.com contains elements from the site xyz.com, which appears to host malware – software that can hurt your computer or otherwise operate without your consent. Just visiting a site that contains malware can infect your computer.

Inside GWT (Google Search Console, formerly Webmaster Tools), it will also give you the details:

Dear site owner or webmaster of site.com,
We recently discovered that some of your pages can cause users to be infected with malicious software. We have begun showing a warning page to users who visit these pages by clicking a search result on Google.com.

Below is an example URL on your site which can cause users to be infected (space inserted to prevent accidental clicking in case your mail client auto-links URLs…

Once you’ve secured your site, you can request that the warning be removed by visiting
http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?answer=45432
and requesting a review. If your site is no longer harmful to users, we will remove the warning.

Sincerely,
Google Search Quality Team

To avoid getting your site blacklisted or infected with malware, visit our homepage to learn about our site security monitoring and website malware removal solutions.