Virus Scanning (Drive-by Downloads)

What is it?

If your site has been compromised, attackers may be using your website to distribute virus-infected software to visitors without your knowledge. This can result in virus infected software being downloaded to your visitors’ computers without their knowledge. Although this is a less common issue when using current versions of website browsers (Chrome, FireFox, Internet Explorer), if your visitors are not using current browsers they could become victims to drive-by downloads.

What is the impact?

Drive-by downloads can infect unsuspecting site visitors with malware and viruses. This may cause your site to become blacklisted by search engines, or potentially damage the reputation of your business.

How does SiteLock protect me?

The SiteLock malware scanner reviews all files and applications on your website against industry and proprietary databases of malware. These databases are updated constantly with the latest virus definitions. If a virus is identified on your site, you will be notified immediately and a SiteLock expert will help you remove it. The SiteLock SMART scanner included with the Fix and Prevent plans will remove this malware automatically, providing worry-free protection.

What can I do about it?

It is important to take a proactive and holistic approach to website security. The first line of defense is preventing compromise on your website by ensuring that it is free of common vulnerabilities, all applications are updated, and strong passwords are in use. For additional protection, use a website scanning service that includes virus scanning, such as SiteLock Find, Fix, or Prevent.