Meanwhile, behind the scenes

I mentioned yesterday that Google’s available tool for checking malware didn’t find anything here. However, there are tools, and then there are tools, if you know what I mean, and Google has a better one: it allows you to browse a page as though you were the Googlebot, and see what it sees. What it sees, frankly, is not pretty.

So I called for backup — specifically, these guys. While I was deleting several hundred files, most of them innocuous but you can’t be sure, they were attending to the stuff I couldn’t reach very well. (You do not want to see me working phpMyAdmin; it’s like Dane Cook lecturing on quantum mechanics.) They have pronounced the place thoroughly scoured, and will monitor for changes. When Google comes back, which eventually they will, they will be presented with something that doesn’t insult the integrity of their database, or whatever the current explanation is.

We now return you to your semi-regular bloggage.


  1. Bill Peschel »

    6 December 2011 · 2:38 pm

    Just used your link to have them scan my site. Was a bit nervous (I don’t know the company, but I “know” you, and you wouldn’t lead me wrong, would you? Don’t answer that.)

    Long story short, they cleared my site. Double sighs of relief.

  2. CGHill »

    6 December 2011 · 3:04 pm

    Well, I had reasons for going with them: they knew the particular hack that had befallen me, and they were willing to discuss it on the fora, so it was at least reasonable to assume that they knew how to get it out of WordPress. Besides, the head honcho is a major taco fiend, which kicks him up a rung or two in my estimation.

  3. Teresa »

    6 December 2011 · 5:10 pm

    It’s a sad fact that no matter how much one tries to lock things down, there is always another security hole in the offing that hasn’t been patched or can’t be patched or whatever. Lucky for me I have you in browser history (not to mention remembering your url even if my history goes blooey) so I don’t have to rely on google.

  4. CGHill »

    22 December 2011 · 8:33 pm

    And while Google hasn’t officially said so, searchers are starting to show up in the log again, which tells me that they’re relenting: I do know that their crawler has been here a couple of dozen times in the interim, and apparently they’re satisfied with what it brought back.

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