This Site May Be Hacked

Google Search Shows This Site May Be Hacked.

What to do if you see this message.

After many years of negotiation I finally managed to secure the purchase of PaulOBrien.com which I am absolutely over the moon with. Once I had the domain securely registered in my Godaddy.com account I went about transferring the new name to my WordPress.com site.

Just before I made the transfer I Googled the domain to see the current listing and was horrified to see the message this site may be hacked. 

IMG_0339Hacked?

Well I knew my website hadn’t been hacked as the domain wasn’t even pointing to the WordPress DNS yet, so it must have been an issue with the previous domain owner, I had to get this message removed ASAP as I wanted the domain live and working.

Google Webmaster Tools

After some research I found an article that directed me to register my new domain on Google Webmaster Tools and once live I would be able to request the warning to be removed from Google Search.

Google Webmaster Tools > https://www.google.com/webmasters/

google webmaster

I went ahead and added the domain name and verified ownership, a couple of clicks later and I had found the warnings and the means to get this issue resolved.

Simply navigate to the newly added domain name and then select > Security Issues, then tick the box to confirm you have fixed the issues and click REQUEST A REVIEW, your then get a pop-up box asking to confirm how to fixed the hacking problem, complete this and click submit.

security issues

Obviously, if your site has indeed been hacked you will need to make sure the issue is resolved first!

Manual Actions

There was also a way to request the review via the Manual Actions section but unfortunately the message has since been removed from my account, I would suggest you take a look here just to make sure there isn’t something important.

You will find this section under Search Traffic > Manual Actions.

manual actions

Aftermath

After about a week I received an email from Google stating that the review had been successful and that the warning had been removed from their search results.

So far I’ve had no issues from any other traffic source and everything seems to have been resolved. I feel like a bit of an idiot for not running a Google search earlier, but hey i’m not perfect and we learn from these things.

Hope this helped

I hope the above article helps and if you have any questions please comment on this post and i’ll try and answer where I can.

Written by Paul O'Brien

Based in West London, Paul O’Brien has worked within the email, SMS and Virtual Call Management industry for close to 20 years. PWOB Ltd is the company Paul runs and owns, with it’s name being his initials.

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