Less than a month in the WordPress Repository and already over 1,400 downloads. There is definitely an unmet need for a Plugin like this. Despite the instant popularity and success of my Malware Removal techniques, even with all the great comments and thanks that I am getting for actively fighting back against these defacement and redirection hacks, I have just come under some criticism from the “Half-Elf” Plugin Monitor, Ipstenu. Though I feel that my strategy in fighting infections is efficient, effective, and easy to implement, she seems to think it is too risky to actually do something about the infected files and suggested I just notify the user of infections like some other security plugins do. To me, it is that very fact that my Plugin can automatically fix the problems it finds that sets it apart from the others. I wrote this software for myself, so that I could easily remove widespread infections on a shared server with one click. Then I made the code available as a WordPress Plugin to be really helpful to those that could not otherwise clear up their infected servers. This Plugin actually removes “Known Threats” from a file, keeping the rest of the file intact, and it even makes a backup of the file before making changes. How cool is that? I’m not one to brag but I must admit I am quite proud of this accomplishment.
I wonder how many people have broken there whole site, by removing a file that was needed by WordPress, because some would-be helpful plugin told them it was infected but couldn’t or wouldn’t fix it. Or, how many people paid Securi to fix their infestation of malicious scripts when my Plugin might have done it for them. I’m not saying this Plugin I wrote is a fix-all for any infection, but what it does, it does well. I wrote it for a specific type of infection and continue to expand it’s range and capabilities as more information comes in from my users.
I am dedicated to seeing this project though and maintaining a successful front line against these malicious infection. With continually growing support from the WordPress community I know that I can grow this program to meet more and more needs and combat new threats as they are discovered.
A big thanks to all those who have commented and rated this Plugin and even more thanks to those who have Donated! You are all keeping this effort alive and letting WordPress know that this Plugin is appreciated.