Common Malware Infections in WordPress

Outdated software, vulnerable plugins, and themes are the main cause of malware infections in WordPress websites. While the WordPress team quickly addresses the known security issues in the website, the reality is that it cannot be done for all plugins and themes. To overcome this, Malcure Malware Scanner is used for scanning your entire WordPress files and databases for several security threats and vulnerabilities. The threats may include malicious redirects, viruses, malware, security threats, trojans, backdoors, etc.

Common WordPress Malware Infections:

The following are some of the common malware infections which affect your WordPress websites.


Backdoors create a rear entry for the hackers with the intention of concealing the site from the website owner. When the hacker finds an unpatched vulnerability, insecure admin panel, or reused password, they can easily get access to your website and start planting their backdoor. The backdoors are sued by the hackers in order to maintain unauthorized access and get into the website even if all the vulnerabilities are patched on the system. Backdoors come in various shapes and they can make a certain level of damage to the website. The following are some of the common backdoor types of attacking a website.

Backdoor Uploaders:

A backdoor uploader can be hidden inside the core of the WordPress files and renamed as something familiar in order to avoid detection. Then the uploader can be called at any time by the hacker to upload the malicious files to the website. These doesn’t contain any malicious code but they can be used to upload any file to the current path. Hackers use this to upload an injector or webshell to exploit your website.

Backdoor Injections:

An injector is used to inject the malicious code in specific parts of the website such as spam codes. These are paired with the backdoors and used to re-infect your website. For example, a snippet from a backdoor injector injects an administrative user into the WordPress website, which allows the hacker to get full control to do anything on your website.

Pharma Hacks and Spam Contents:

Search engine spams are one of the common infection types found on hacked websites. Pharma hacks are largely about controlling traffic and making money. This pharma hack injection redirects the user to a malicious website, which contains some additional infection. These are getting evolved day by day so that it is more difficult to detect. It uses a series of backdoors in order to detect where the traffic is coming from and then it commands the infection how to respond. This provides maximum exposure and it provides the biggest monetary return for the hackers.


Hackers use names of the well-known brands for phishing. Hackers create a duplicate page made to look like the exact replica of the reputed website in order to steal sensitive personal information, log-in details, and banking details of the user. These are very dangerous and should be taken very seriously. This harms the original website’s reputation and has a direct impact on the website revenue.


From the above, you can have a clear knowledge of the infections that affect your WordPress website. It is important to take the essential steps to enhance the security of your WordPress website and protect it from future infections.

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