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How to Scan for Malicious Code on Your WordPress Site

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With the advancement in tech, it's time we admit there will be an increase in cybercrimes.

Hackers are inventing methods to compromise your site's security and steal your information.

Some of their hacking strategies include injecting malicious codes or scripts into your WordPress code. Others can use brute force to hack your site.

Well, the earlier you protect your WordPress site from these hackers, the better.

We recommend you start scanning for malicious codes today.

And in this guide, we will walk you through different tools you can use for the process.

Benefits of Scanning Your Websites Against Malware

Everyone site owner thinks they're safe from cyber thieves until they get hacked and lose their data.

And that can happen to you, God forbid.

Even if you feel your site isn't susceptible to cyber-attacks, you should always watch for any malicious activity that can cause harm.

By scanning your site frequently, you'll detect malicious codes and root them out, thereby keeping your WordPress website safe.

So, let's review different ways to scan WordPress sites for suspicious codes.

WordPress Scanning Tools

We'll discuss different tools you can use to scan for malicious codes today.



There are many security plugins for scanning for malicious codes, but most of them aren't as good as Sucuri.

They have a good reputation in malware scans and offer lots of functionality, from checking malware to injection and defacement attacks.

Sucuri has a free and premium plan. The free option suits anyone who doesn't mind manually scan their site alone. With the premium option, you'll automatically check your website and get alerts via email in case of any suspicious codes.

On top of that, Sucuri comes with a WordPress firewall protection that blocks malicious stuff from reaching your site.

The best part is, if any malware affects your site, Sucuri will do the cleaning at no extra cost to you.

Wordfence Security


Like Sucuri, Wordfence is a popular and effective scanning tool.

It manually and automatically scans WordPress websites for malicious codes, URLs, backdoors, and other infections. You can use it to scan through lots of files from the themes, WordPress files, and other plugins.

Also, you'll get comprehensive feedback once the scanning sessions are complete.

The best part?

Wordfence offers tips on how to keep your site more secure from threats.

Notably, this service has firewall protection services to prevent brute force attacks and other threats.



If you want a versatile scanning tool that you can rely on to monitor your WordPress site and other platforms like Joomla and Drupal, then consider Cyber-Scanner.

This scanning tool was developed by a team of security experts who regularly update it to detect the latest tech hacking methods.

Cyber-Scanner scans for malicious codes, databases, and scripts on your site. And the exciting part is, you can safeguard your site from vulnerabilities with a fingerprint.

Well, Cyber-Scanner also sends a weekly report with detailed information on your site issues.

Anti-Malware Security (good image unavailable)

Anti-Malware Security is a powerful tool we use for detecting malicious codes, backdoors, scripts, and lots of other threats.

Its developers continuously improve it to keep up with the latest security measures.

Though this tool is functional, it has several downsides, like consuming time to finish scanning files.

It also reveals many potential threats, most of which are false, so you'll have to do manual scans then compare and contrast the files with the source.

As expected, Anti-Malware has firewall protection though it isn't that effective.

The process of cleaning up malicious codes on your site

So, what should you do once you find malware on your WordPress site?

Well, there are vital things you shouldn't miss out on, and we'll discuss them here.

First, you should begin with switching passwords linked to your site with strong ones so that hackers don't gain access to your site in the future.

Next, back up your files. Many costly mistakes can happen when you're cleaning your site's data from accidentally deleting your files. But if you back them up, you'll quickly restore the lost ones with a few clicks.

The next important step is to do a thorough cleanup of your WordPress website. You can hire experts to clean up everything for you. Alternatively, it's okay to clean it on your own if you have the time.


As we mentioned earlier, we foresee cybercrimes increasing soon.

But the good thing is, we've reviewed different tools you should use to look for malicious codes in your site.

Pick the one that suits your needs today and start scanning for those malicious codes today.

Or hire us to help you sort out your WordPress website's security and protect your site against hackers seeking to prey on your precious data.

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