This week, I am going to speak about malware and how to check if you are infecting those who are visiting your website.

While I am not responsible for these types of administrative issues with the website (I work on PPC and Organic SEO), I feel it potentially affects the rankings of my clients website if the search engines are aware that malware is on the website and might cause Search Engines to ignore potential results.

While this isn’t the first time I have spoken about Google’s Webmaster Tools, I want to point out a specific feature.

Last week, I installed Google Webmaster tools on a client’s website who has been in business and had a website for years.

The client, to this point, had not installed or looked at any of the information which this tool allows you to see.

Unlike Google Analytics, which does not help you learn about clicks and results from the past with your website, Google Webmaster Tools pulls information from archives and gives you a great overview of information including: keyphrases which people have used and pulled up your website (the url was included in the results and how many clicks were accomplished), keywords Google has associated with your content, and crawl errors which occur on your website.

However, the point of this article is the feature which tells you about malware and your website.

When going through through the basic information Webmaster Tools was informing me after installation ( immediately upon verifying ownership of the domain), I clicked on the menu choice DIAGNOSTICS and then MALWARE.

I was very surprised to see that my client had a page listed in this section.  Now, to be clear they do not use WordPress as the foundation for their website (and unfortunately does not have the budget to change their website at this time, the website is very big and they do not have the budget).  Rather, they are using regular HTML and Dreamweaver to create and administrate the web pages on her domain.

Apparently, the security on the page in question had the WRITE permission still on.  When either the website was visited by a robot and noticed the security lapse or the computer which was working on the page was infected with a Virus I do not know.

However it happened, it infected the page with 9 IFrames which included the phrase “htp://”.  (I have changed the EXACT url above from the original in case anyone accidentally tries to see the page).

Cleaning the page was easy enough, go through your admin panel (Plesk for their domain, cPanel for others) and edit the file, find the HTML in question, delete, save and then change security settings so that the page cannot be edited from the web.

However, if I had not checked the malware option on webmaster tools, I would not have known about the issue.

To conclude, check your website for malware infestations and clean them up as quickly as possible.  One of the ways to find out (and continue to be aware of) malware issues is through Google Webmaster Tools.

I hope this helps!