Well today I had my first experience with Malware. I was not able to post a regularly scheduled post as usual. I woke up this morning to check out the website to find a bunch of popups on the site once I logged in. Talk about shell shock and not having a clue what to do. Thankfully my fellow Yakeziers were there to the rescue with some valuable posts to help me though this debacle.
I quickly got on the phone to my hosting company to see if they had any products that they offered for free to help me remove. I don’t know if anyone has ever used Inmotion Hosting, but their customer service is outstanding. I do not have a financial relationship with them at this time other than they are the hosting company. Wow, I have never been so helpless with respect to technology. They took care of me every step of the way.
As the day progressed as they were researching what was wrong all the worst ran through my head. What if I need to do everything all over? Would I throw in the towel and call it a day? I had started the blog only a few weeks back but it would take quite a bit of work to get it back? I know backups right, but the last one I had done was earlier this week and being a new site that is ages ago. Needless to say I have set a schedule for the backups.
Sitting there thinking about Sucuri and how much it costs for a year subscription made me wonder if I was meant to be online and blogging. Sure $90 dollars isn’t much to a website that has been around for a while, but to a recently built on it is a lot. I could easily start getting nickeled and dimed by various websites offering a level of protection, I was new what do I know.
At the end of the day, InMotion contacted me to let me know that they had resolved the problem. Wheeewwwww
Needless to say a lot of time and aggravation I am here to say back up your site and read the forums on Yakezie, as they will provide you a lot of information that a newbie doesn’t know. I came away unscathed and didn’t spend a dime, all in all a good day!