May 20, 2016

Why is my site flagged as malware?

Google, with the help of Stop Badware, is working to prevent malware from being embedded in websites and potentially infect visitors to the site. Typepad also goes to great lengths to prevent your website from being hacked and malware added.

If you visit your blog and see a warning regarding malware, the most common cause of the problem is a link to another website which has been flagged as malware. You can typically resolve the issue by removing the link or third-party code from your blog and requesting a review by Google. We always recommend using caution when adding third-party code to your blog as it can be harmful.

For more details on what to do if your site is suspected of containing malware, see:

Removing the Referred Malware

The warning message you receive will provide you with information on what is identified as malware. Typically, the culprit is a web address which is included as a link or embedded code on your blog. i.e. examplesite.com

Alternatively, you can check your site's status at the Google Safe Browsing Site Diagnostic page to get more information.

Once you have identified the website linked on your blog, you can remove the content. If you are unable to find the content to remove, view your blog in a browser, view the page source to view the code for the page, and then do a browser search for the web address.

When the link or code is removed, you can request a review of your website via Google's Webmaster Tools. If you don't already have a Google Webmaster Tools account, you create one for free and verify your blog. Learn more.

  1. Sign in at Google Webmaster Tools.
  2. Open the Security Issues Report.
  3. Click Request a review.

Learn more.

Updated 27 May 2016

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