When your site gets compromised, it is can be a serious labor to get it back up. If you have received â€œThis Site May Be Hackedâ€ message from Google in your Webmaster Tools, or your website displays the same in Google search recently, you need to diligently get that removed. Why is it happening? Google may believe your site has been compromised recently, and is taking extra steps to protect you and your site visitors. Now, you just need to get that notification off. Why?!?
Because it could seriously hurt your SEO ranking AND site visitors may be leery of proceeding to your site with that message. (it’s like the Scarlett Letter)
If your site has been scanned, and your site is working great and this notice is still there, Click HERE on the Google Help. We also posted their steps below:
The “This site may be hacked” notification won’t be removed until the webmaster of the site takes action.
Try these steps to fix your website:
- Register and verify your site in Googleâ€™s Search Console. Â
- Sign in to Search Console and check the “Security Issues” section to see details of sample URLs that might be hacked. Fix the security issue that allowed your website to be infected. Otherwise, your site is likely to be reinfected. Â
- Read our resources for hacked sites for detailed information on how to fix your website. Â
- Request a review in the Security Issues section in Search Console when your entire website is clean and secure. After we check that your site is fixed, we’ll remove the “This site may be hacked” message.
Be meticulous, and make sure you have completed these steps. It may take a few days/weeks to get it removed, but that notice isnâ€™t going anywhere–until you let Google know your site is okay.
We all want safe, functional sites. And we just wanted to say sorry that it happened to you. Good luck!