5 plugins to help scan your WordPress site for malware

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It’s hard to find a site owner who has never been bothered about the security of his or her site. Don’t we all like our sites to stay safe, always?

Sure we do.

The WordPress repository offers hundreds of thousands of free WordPress themes. All of these are reviewed by a large community, and so you know that they’re generally safe. But what about the other themes around the web that are downloadable for free?

Shady developers sometimes insert malicious code in their products. From bringing your site down to linking it to spammy sites, such code can be very harmful.

If you host with Flywheel, we take care of all of these security concerns for you. But if your site is somewhere else, you might need some extra tools to keep it safe. These plugins can help scan your WordPress site for malware and keep it safe and secure.

1. Theme Authenticity Checker (TAC)

TAC is a WordPress plugin that looks for malicious code in your theme.

To detect malicious, suspicious, and unwanted sections of the code, TAC searches all the source files in a theme. Upon detection of any malicious code, TAC shows you its location in your theme files.

TAC also displays static links to show you the list of sites to which your theme is linking to. You might want to know about these as some developers sneak in spammy links that could hurt your site credibility.

2. Anti-Malware


Anti-Malware is a WordPress security plugin that scans your server for vulnerabilities. It helps keep your WordPress site safe by scanning all your theme and plugin files.
Anti-Malware keeps getting updated with the latest malware definitions to keep your site safe, even from newly discovered threats.

3. Sucuri Security

plugins-scan-malware-sucuriThe Sucuri Security WordPress plugin comes from one of the world’s leading online security solutions providers, Sucuri Inc.
Sucuri scans a WordPress site to keep it safe from malware attacks, spam, blacklisting, and more. Sucuri also maintains an activity log that allows you to track all the activity on your WordPress site, so you can see who’s logging in and making changes, etc.

If Sucuri detects something fishy, it notifies you via email. Plus, if your site is infected, they’ll help you clean it up (for a fee).

Just like the other automated scanning tools out there, there’s the possibility of false alarms. So for more accuracy, you’ll be required to run a manual check.

We’ve partnered with Sucuri, which means all of our clients get the benefit of world-class malware scanning. Check it out.

4. Wordfence

plugins-scan-malware-wordfenceThe Wordfence WordPress security plugin protects your site from hackers and malware. It has over 1 million active installs and is one of the most trusted plugins for securing a WordPress site.
Threats like crawlers and attackers are blocked by Wordfence. It also provides two-factor authentication to protect your site from brute force attacks.

The Wordfence plugin can also block crawlers, scrapers and bots from running security scans to look for vulnerabilities in your site.

5. Exploit Scanner

The Exploit Scanner plugin searches the files and database of your WordPress install for signs that may indicate if it has been compromised.

It highlights any detected malicious data and files, so you can remove them yourself.

In case you think that your site has been attacked, you can use Exploit Scanner to confirm your doubt and to remove all the affected files.

I hope these tools help you keep your site safe. What are your favorite ways to check your site for malware?

Again, if you host with Flywheel, then you don’t have to worry about hackers or malware. They run security checks on your WordPress site to discover any potential threats, and if they do find anything, they’ll clean it up – for free.

Case study: See how one agency offloaded countless hours of security management by hosting with Flywheel. (And learn how you can, too!)

Comments (1 )

  1. John

    December 14, 2017

    Very effective security info towards wordpress platform, thank you for sharing.

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