Got malware? It happens. Here’s how to cope.

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It happens all the time. One day, your website is up and running just fine. The next, you can’t access it from either the user end or the administration panel. What’s worse is that it seems to direct you to some other website — one that has nothing to do with your company.

You may have just been infected by malware.

Your business slows to a halt

If malware infects your site, your customers or clients won’t be able to make purchases on it or secure services from you. Even worse, they may not even be able to get in touch with you to let you know about problems they’re having with your products. Bad technology + bad P.R. = bad business.

Why does bad malware happen to good people?

Don’t blame yourself for contracting a case of malware. Sometimes, despite your best efforts, it just happens. That’s because shady hackers use their computer bots to scan millions of websites every day for weaknesses. These bots act like Trojan horses that let in viruses and other nasties, all for the purpose of using your website to send out spam or support the hackers’ other enterprises.

What can you do about malware?

There are a few things that you can do to make sure malware doesn’t shut down your site for a significant length of time – or for good. The first thing is to back up the site regularly. That way, it can be restored in the event of an infection. The second is to have powerful security plugins installed on the site that will routinely check for and protect you from malware. The third is to have a cyber-security company on call to deal with any malware issues as they arise – so you can get back to business fast.