How to easily scan a website for destructive malware.

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If you want the best website malware removal services then you have come to the right place.

Google can blacklist your website and then remove it from its search engine listings if it detects malware on it.

You don’t want that.

Here are the tools you need to fix up your website.

SiteGuarding

Do not confuse this product with a service that has a similar sounding name SiteGuard.

Both have nothing to do with each other.

SiteGuarding is actually a security company that comes in the shape of a website.

It provides customers with a litany of useful and sometimes unique features and services which, we think, makes this product the standout product among various other options.

The SitGuarding service is the service you need if you want someone to maintain complete web security protection for a pretty lengthy list of computerized maintenance management systems or CMSs.

SiteGuarding provides users with tools such as emergency malware removal as well as regular malware removal.

So if your website suffers a pretty big hack, SiteGuarding can potentially take care of it.

Now, this is a good time to mention that SiteGuarding currently cannot boast about having a named-branded and extensive client list.

That is where Sucuri and Wordfence have taken the lead.

With that said, if you simply go to the many review aggregation websites you will find that SiteGuarding has overwhelmingly positive reviews.

One of the reasons why it has such a great reputation in the community is that it provides users with extensions and plugins for more than half a dozen less-used and popular CMSs or Content Management Systems.

With that said, we have already mentioned that the list of features that you get access to with SitGuarding is not short.

But the actual number of features that you will come across will, of course, depend on your own usage.

In other words, why did you sign up for this service?

Now, if you signed up with SiteGuarding because you wanted its malware removal features such as emergency removal or regular removal, then you will get tools such as backdoor removal and/or virus cleaning tool.

SiteGuarding makes a promise to its users.

That promise is that it will clean all of your sites that got hacked, in less than 24 hours.

If you want to believe what SiteGuarding itself says on the matter then go to the official website.

And check that SiteGuarding claims it can perform emergency malware removal in not less than 24 hours but within 1 to 3 hours.

That is remarkable.

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With that said, you should know that SiteGuarding is different from almost all other services on the list in the sense that its malware removal feature is only a one-time service.

You cannot have it as a part of your standard subscription.

Apart from having the ability to quickly clean your website, the standard SiteGuarding malware removal package provides users with features that do work such as,

  • Website monitoring (this only comes in the portal plan)
  • Security plugins installation (again, only available in the Portal plan)
  • Website acceleration
  • Prevention of SQL injection
  • Server logs and website backup analysis tools
  • Make use of multiple blacklists such as those from Norton, McAfee, and Google for blacklist checking removal.
  • Can check core files up to a total of 1000 Joomla CMS and WordPress files

Now, the actual features that you will have access to will completely depend on the removal plan that you will purchase.

The price range is from $49.95 to fairly expensive $200 USD for a single website.

If you want to make use of multisite malware removal tools then you will have to pay some extra money to SiteGuarding.

As for website scanning tools that are free, SiteGuarding offers a total of five separate ones.

All users have the ability to check their site against SIteGuarding’s own Outbound Link Scanner along with Spam SEO Scanner, Malware Scanner, Blacklist Checker and also Website Antivirus Scanner.

To use the Website Antivirus Scanner, remember that you will have to install it as a PHP file on your site.

Apart from that, SiteGuarding also provides users with a security audit feature for free.

You can initiate this security audit over live chat or email.

So how effective are these free scanners?

Our research shows they are of the questionable variety.

What we recommend to users is to make use of the security audit that comes for free as well.

Price

If you sign up with SiteGuarding, you should have no problems in removing malware from your website by making use of the following packages,

  • High Priority Malware Removal for just $109.95
  • Malware Removal Only tool for just $49.95

With that out of the way, you also have the option of choosing a specific package which offers bug fixes, malware removal along with many more options related to website security.

  • Portal Package for $200
  • Business Package for $150
  • Standard Package for $125
  • Blog Package for $100

Perhaps this is a good time to mention that the blacklist removal tool, in itself, does not come with any kind of Malware Removal Only feature.

In other words, if you only need the blacklist removal tool, you will still have to opt for one out of the four packages that we have mentioned above.

Now, let’s take a deeper look at what you get with each package.

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We’ll start with the Blog Package.

Blog Package

It has the ability to check for up to a total of 1000 files for WordPress CMS.

Not only that, it also has features such as SQL injection prevention, backdoor removal, blacklist removal (only makes use of Google in this case).

Moreover, it also offers users a 30-day official product guarantee.

Standard package

With this package, you pretty much get everything that comes in the Blog Package and more.

More precisely, you get the ability to check up to a total of 5000 core files for Joomla CMS and WordPress.

You can use other tools such as Blacklist removal for Norton, McAfee, and Google.

There is also a tool available for security analysis on your website’s backup server logs.

The Business package

This package gives you everything from the Standard Package.

And then some more.

With the Business Package, you can check up to a total of 10,000 core files.

You also get a website acceleration service and a whopping 60-day service guarantee.

The Portal Package

Again, you get all the things from all the previous packages.

In addition to that, you also get to have a tool to check over 10,000 core files.

Apart from that, you get to use full website monitoring tool for a period of three months.

As needed, you can also get help with security plug-in installation.

On top of all that, you get a full 90-day product guarantee.

 

Now, if you are in the market looking for a product that can extend your available security benefits, then SiteGuarding has different website security subscription plans.

These plans are pretty similar to what you are ought to get via companies that we have listed below.

As for the price, it varies based on the things that the user is looking for and the total number of websites that the customer wants to cover.

For starters, the cheapest package costs around $6.95 per month.

There is also an option which costs around $19.95 per month.

This upgraded package can remove malware presence from websites that are already hacked.

The more expensive package also protects the customer’s website with the help of a web application filter.

There are many other security measures as well but we will not go into them here.

All that you really should know for now is that some of these packages from SiteGuarding provide users an unlimited amount of malware removal attempts.

Moreover, there is also a hack fixing feature that the user can utilize at least a single time per month.

In short, there is hardly a website malware removal tool which is better than SiteGuarding.

Pros

  • Provides users with a rather long list of minor and major CMS extensions and plugins
  • Provides users with security audits without any extra cost and with ways to contact more support
  • Offers a complete and comprehensive protection plan which includes malware removal tools
  • Provides users with an entirely separate emergency malware tool for its removal.
  • The list of available services and features is pretty extensive.
  • The service is low cost if we compare it to what is on offer in the website malware removal and hack repaid market

Cons

  • The service puts more emphasis on functionality with Joomla and WordPress over all other CMSs.
  • The available free scanners are not entirely effective.
  • Website security and malware removal options are overly complicated.

Sucuri

This website security company is probably the most well known out of the ones that we have mentioned in this guide.

Sucuri provides users with a wide range of website malware removal and malware scanning services.

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The Sucuri security service is one of the most trustworthy website security companies that you are likely to come across.

In other words, it has a top-notch reputation when it comes to keeping your website clean and malware free.

This holds true especially for people who have little other choice but to rely on WordPress for almost all of their websites.

A good number of fairly popular WordPress development firms also trust Sucuri for their security needs.

WE’re talking about companies such as,

  • wpbeginner
  • Yoast
  • iThemes

In addition to these companies, Sucuri also has multiple major universities as its clients.

They include,

  • George Washinton
  • New York
  • Duke
  • Northwestern

With that said, we should also mention here that Sucuri is not the best option for those people who just want a short-term or an emergency fix for their website which is hacked.

Sucuri does have the ability to perform various kinds of emergency fixes for user websites that get hacked.

However, this service is only available via an annual package.

On the other hand, if your plan is to increase the security of your website after you have gone through a hack removal procedure, then Sucuri is pretty much as good as it gets for both continued website protection as well as emergency back repair.

Features

Sucuri is a website performance enhancer in addition to being a malware removal service.

In simpler terms, if you need to fix a website that got hacked, Sucuri will come in and serve you will everything it has got.

However, it will also extend your protection with benefits such as,

  • DDoS mitigation
  • Virtual hardening
  • Virtual patching
  • WAF or Web Application Filter
  • A standard malware scanning tool.

The list of features is quite extensive in this case as well.

You can go to the official website of Sucuri to find out more information about all the features that this service offers.

Sucuri is different from a service like SiteLock in the sense that if you have a Sucuri subscription package, then you can have an unlimited number of page scans.

This clearly makes Sucuri the preferable option not just for affiliate sites and large enterprise sites but any site that has a ton of pages.

Other features that you may find useful include,

  • Detection tools for file change
  • An engine that utilizes techniques such as heuristic correlation. In other words, it is a machine learning tool which is used to detect various kinds of malicious online activity across a given network.
  • SSL monitoring
  • IDS or Intrusion Detection System
  • Zero-day malware protection
  • Tools available to block brute-force attacks as well as regular hacks.
  • Reputation monitoring tools
  • Blacklist removal tool

In addition to all of the above, Sucuri also comes with an external and free website scanning tool.

Use the scanning tool in order to see if the website you are interested in is carrying any kind of malware that is easily detectable.

This tool is very beneficial for those people who believe that someone hacked their website and now was sending visitors different kinds of redirects, pop-ups along with other user-facing problems.

Perhaps this is a good time to mention that the external website scanning tool from Sucuri is not nearly a perfect security solution.

The reason why we say that is it can easily miss threats that work on a deeper level.

Of course, the free scanning tool is a great place to start.

However, if your website has gone through a serious hack, it may not show up in Sucuri’s free scan.

In that case, you will have to contact the support staff at Sucuri.

The free scanning tool doesn’t only carry out scans to search for known external online threats.

It also carries out checks on your site for any blacklisting.

Our research shows that sometimes Sucuri will send information that is not true about the security threats that your website may be facing.

To take an example, sometimes the tool can incorrectly state that your professional website is without a redirect from the older and unsafe HTTP to HTTPS even though you do have a redirect for that.

At other times, it will tell you that you do not have any kind of web application firewall even though you have one.

Price

If there is one downside to using Sucuri then that is the price you have to pay to use its features.

Firstly, Sucuri only offers annual plans.

So if you saw Sucuri as a solution to your emergency website repair problem then you will have to stick to Sucuri for a full feature.

Otherwise, you will have no other option but to exercise your 30-day official money-back guarantee.

With that said, if have an annual subscription package then you get added online protection for a full feature against further cyber threats.

This may be worth the cost for some users.

Fundamentally, Sucuri has three plans.

They are as follows,

  • The Basic plan which costs users around $199 per year
  • The Pro plan which costs users around $299 per year
  • The Business plan which costs users around $499 per year.

The only major difference between the plans is the number of times the tool scans for various threats on your website.

Moving from that, the Basic plan scans after every 12 hours.

The Pro plan carries out checks every 6 hours.

And the Business plan does so almost every 30 minutes.

The Basic plan does not come with SSL certification protection though.

Pros

  • Some competitors charge higher for worse service
  • External and free website scanning online tool
  • Blacklist removal
  • Reputation tool
  • Plugins and extensions for CMSs such as Joomla and WordPress
  • Unlimited hack fixes and malware removal
  • The service and the company is highly respected
  • Extended protection
  • Malware removal tool is effective

Cons

  • Lack of monthly packages.
  • One subscription package only covers one website if you do not have an Enterprise plan.

 

Wordfence

Assuming that you have a website that runs on WordPress, there really is no better option than Wordfence.

In simpler terms, Wordfence is a service that specializes in protecting and enhancing WordPress sites.

Now, you need to keep in mind that even though Wordfence provided some functionality for websites that ran on various other CMSs such as Drupal and Joomla, the service is now totally focusing on WordPress and its security problems.

As such, our research shows that people have downloaded the Wordfence WordPress plugin more than 100 million times.

In fact, the Wordfence service has made its way to major media outlets as well.

We’re talking about publications such as,

  • Bleeping Computer
  • The Register
  • ArsTechnica
  • Threatpost

Features

  • Manual blocking
  • Plugin file repair
  • Theme repair
  • Core file repair
  • Live monitor for user traffic
  • Protection against leaked passwords
  • Premium support available 24/7
  • Country blacklisting feature
  • Two-factor authentication to work with the user’s website

In addition to these features, Wordfence provides users with a one-time and immediate website hack removal tool along with a website cleaning tool for just $179.

 

Price

Wordfence gives you a total of two options.

They are Wordfence Premium and emergency site hack removal.

 

  • Wordfence free. (a package that does not cost you anything but comes with limited functionality)
  • Wordfence Premium which costs users around $99 per year per website
  • Emergency site hack removal service which costs around $179 and includes a full year of the service’s Wordfence Premium package.

Now, if you feel you need only the hack removal tool then you should opt for the option that says emergency website cleaning.

Users usually have the option of selecting between Wordfence Premium and Wordfence Free.

Our research shows that even though Wordfence Free has limited functionality, it still has lots of useful features.

Of course, you get access to those features that work well with high-traffic websites only with Wordfence Premium.

Wordfence Free is the option that you should go with if you want endpoint security along with updates for malware signatures every 30 days.

There is also WAF or web application available with the free package.

If that was not enough already then Wordfence Free also offers malware scanning, malicious links checking, file repairing and malicious comments checking tools.

Along with that, there is a live traffic monitor as well.

As for Wordfence Premium, it comes with all the things that you can have from Wordfence free.

In addition to those, it offers users a real-time firewall protection component.

Other advantages include,

  • Two-factor authentication
  • Blacklisting checks for the user’s website
  • Block requests from countries and IPs that are blacklisted

Now, we should mention here that if you have a multiple number of sites and want protection for them via Wordfence then you will have to sign up for Wordfence Premium plus additional licenses.

Wordfence does offer customers discounts for purchasing additional licenses so that should not be a problem for most.

 

Pros

  • Comes with a free version
  • Extensions and plugins are available for WordPress, PrestaShop, phpBB, OpenCart, Magento, Drupal, Joomla.
  • Some free tools
  • The feature list is extensive
  • WordPress Plugin
  • Subscription is low-cost
  • Emergency hack removal does not cost a lot.
  • Probably the most respected WordPress website security tool

Cons

  • Support options are limited
  • Contact options are limited
  • Very limited functionality for sites that do not work with WordPress CMS
Zohair

Zohair

Zohair is currently a content crafter at Security Gladiators and has been involved in the technology industry for more than a decade. He is an engineer by training and, naturally, likes to help people solve their tech related problems. When he is not writing, he can usually be found practicing his free-kicks in the ground beside his house.

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