Many of the website owners are facing the issues of being labeled as “This site may be hacked” on the Google search results. In this competitive and the fast world, we are facing many technological issues and when the issues become public they impact on the branding. Following steps will help you to get rid of the “This site may be hacked” message and help you to protect the site from future attacks.
Step 1. Do no panic
When you see that your site is labeled as “This site may be hacked“, do not panic. Find the root cause of the hack by checking the server for the recently updated files. If you do not have much technical knowledge, ask your development team / developer to get the root cause of the hack. You can also check the site on VirusTotal , SecuriScan or Google search console for the infected files and report
Step 2. Isolate the files
Isolate the hacked files from the other files and replace them with an uninfected version of the files. If you have a backup of the site, you can try restoring the backup. Note that if your site is targetted once it will be targeted again. Make sure to apply proper security controls so all future hacks can be prevented.
Step 3: Verify the site again
After the deployment, wait for a couple of hours and check for the suspicious activities. If you still find the files are being updated automatically then you need to validate the source code again for the removal of code from other places of the server.
If no files are updated you can revalidate the site on SecuriScan and VirusTotal. If both of the sites are not showing any messages you can resubmit the site to Google for the reevaluation.
We applied this technique to many of the sites and we could remove the “This site may be hacked” message in 3 to 5 days. If you are seeing this message on the site and it is not cleared you can contact us for cleaning the hack.