A few months after its return to P2P, file sharing website Demonoid received Google’s malware warning. Internet users, who are very reliant on P2P to download videos, music, and the like, won’t be able to access the site until the malware problem is resolved. Demonoid’s response was to disable all its third-party ads, which were reportedly the source of the malware.
According to technology news site TorrentFreak, Demonoid is blaming advertisers on its site for the detected malware. “We run content from a lot of ad networks in our ad banners, and a lot of banners from each,” it explained in a statement.
“One of those banners started serving malware, so we disabled all ads until we are 100% sure of the culprit and get it removed. We are also taking the proper steps to get us out of all the blacklists.”
For the past few months, malware has been the subject of attention in the online community due to its nefarious implications. Authorities have bagged one of two major threats— Gameover— but Cryptolocker is still out there. From a business owner’s perspective, nothing speaks ‘marketing disaster’ more vocally than a flagged website.
The malware can either come from the computer used to create the website or the darkest parts of cyberspace. That’s why reputable Greenville, SC web design companies such as Spark Local Marketing always keep their equipment in top working order. After all, it’s counterproductive to try and create a website with an infected computer.
The other half of your website protection plan will come from thorough planning. As hosting sites and plugin developers update their systems to fortify its anti-malware mechanism, it also tends to mean purging the website of data. As a business owner who spent so much to create the website, a total purge is a hard choice to make.
Experts recommend reviewing your website’s assets, backing up the most important pages, and deleting the rest. There’s no need to back up the entire website; mySQL database files, for example, can be left out because the files are located on a different server. Restoring blog posts and pages lost during the purge will require a bit of perseverance.
Website hacking will most likely be the hacker’s route to planting the malware, so it’s wise to carry backup files. As a flagged website can affect a business’s reputation, it’s best to inform visitors of the hacking after restoring the website. Consult Greenville, SC website design professionals for a sound contingency plan.
(Source: “Google blocks filesharing website Demonoid over malware downloads,” The Guardian, May 9, 2014)