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Help with mystery external link off my website

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by SuperDaveOutlaw, Apr 9, 2017.

  1. SuperDaveOutlaw

    SuperDaveOutlaw Newbie

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    Hello BHW,

    Not sure where to actually post this but here is my issue...

    While running my site through various SEO checkers, I found an external link to a questionable site. I am currently, hand-picking my way through various files on my server looking to remove this link.

    Is there a software package that will scan my site and point to where this link is being generated?

    Thanks!!!
     
  2. seo_seo_seo

    seo_seo_seo BANNED BANNED

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    Use a FTP client to search through the files.
     
  3. TimaTiGo

    TimaTiGo Registered Member

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    Are you using a nulled theme/plugins?
     
  4. DKolen

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    Hey, WebsiteAuditor is great for such scrupulous tasks! Collect all pages and resources on your website with it, and then simply find that questionable link (in your project in the 'All Resources' section) and see all the pages it is being found on. First - you `ll have them all gathered in one place, second - this may help you identify why and where the link comes from. I even have a similar example at hand:

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  5. SuperDaveOutlaw

    SuperDaveOutlaw Newbie

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    Thank you all....

    Below is written for anyone considering using Nulled crap.


    1. I found Notepad++ was actually more helpful searching for "dodgy code"

    2. Yes, I was using a nulled theme......why?....because I am an idiot.....(if you are thinking about using nulled themes....dont) I scanned this crap with everything prior to using it,,,,I even loaded it up on a dummy site to double check it prior to using it "live". BTW, I never set off any malware scans with the following:

    Sucuri Security (both, online and serverside)
    Quttera Web Malware Scanner (both, serverside and online)
    Anti-Malware Security and Brute-Force Firewall (server side)
    Wordfence (server side)
    plus every other scanner I could get my hands on...

    What I first noticed was a backlink to the theme site of the nulled crap....Just one innocent link. Within about 8hrs every page had this same link. None of the above mentioned sites picked up this stuff.

    TAC didnt show anything but the default Wordpress Links
    Exploit Scanner showed me roughy a 200 results of possible issues----Remember, I am an idiot so I couldnt do anything with that many results. I did find a few older forum posts regarding Malware from the same site but not the same SOP with this infection. Didnt help me much.

    SEO Spider and Website Auditor both picked up where the link was being displayed on my site....Not sure why the Malware did not.

    Bottom line is this:
    If you are thinking of cutting corners with a Nulled Theme.....Dont! unless you are operating a Churn and Burn operation but if you are working with Google, dont risk it. Last thing you want is being linked to a Malware site.


    Edit: site in question sounds like dlwordpress.somethingorother
     
  6. SuperDaveOutlaw

    SuperDaveOutlaw Newbie

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    Yep....you nai

    UPDATE: It turns out it wasnt the theme, it was a plugin I picked up here in BHW.....for some reason I am not allowed to post the link but it is a nulled Yoast Premium Plug-In I grabbed out of the Download section.