Why is Google telling users my site contains malicious software?
 by Casey Markee

Why is Google telling users my site contains malicious software?

  • Help! My site is listed in Google with a warning message label that says This site may harm your computer! I have no idea why this is happening! I've removed some spammy comments from my blog, scanned my server for viruses, and don't engage in any malicious downloads of any type. Why is my site showing this message in Google and what can I do to get rid of it?

Answer: Google believes there is something on your site that merits classifying it as a host or distributor of malicious software that may be of danger to their users. Typically the warning looks like one or both of these screenshots...

This problem is fairly common. Google claims this classification is loosely based on guidelines established by industry watchdog StopBadware.org. To remedy, we recommend you begin by reading their FAQs and tips.

Next, you should review your site carefully to make sure it's clean. Specifically, you should:

  • Inspect your code for things like JavaScript inserted by someone else.
  • Run your site through an anti-virus program
  • Make sure your database is safe from SQL injection
  • Delete any comments on your site that may be causing problems

Then you should request a review directly from StopBadware.org if you are sure you have found and corrected the problem.

After you have completed all of the above steps—or if you have reviewed your site and are convinced this is a mistake on Google's part—you should request that Google review your site. Go to:

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