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Malicious software, also known as malware, is becoming increasingly popular, with an estimated 1 million new malware threats being released every single day. Infecting a website with malware provides a hacker or a cybercriminal access to sensitive data, and can prove to be costly and damaging to both large- and small-sized businesses. It can be a daunting task to clean malware, especially for a smaller business.

Back in 2014, Bit.ly was flagged by Google, displaying the above malware example.

Malware attacks have the potential to leave even a larger business with a crippled online presence that can take days or weeks to recover from. The aftermath of a malware attack can be time-consuming for webmasters who are left to find and delete malware on an infected website.

Business websites can also suffer from being blacklisted on search engines like Google.

 

This will cause a big red message to display, alerting visitors to stay away. A message like this can be alarming and turn away profits from potential customers to the business website. In such cases, having a proper malware cleanup becomes a top priority. Warnings like these will stay visible on the infected site until the site owner has