Malware Detection

Monitive checks all of your websites (HTTP monitors) for malware, and will instantly notify you as soon as malware is found on your site.

What is malware?

Malware, short for malicious software, is software designed to infiltrate a computer system without the owner’s informed consent. The expression is a general term used by computer professionals to mean a variety of forms of hostile, intrusive, or annoying software or program code. The term “computer virus” is sometimes used as a catch-all phrase to include all types of malware, including true viruses. 

How does malware finds its way into my website?

Malware usually gets into sites by exploiting the website’s vulnerabilities, such as the comments form, a contact form, poor user management systems, SQL injection vulnerabilities and other weak points.

If your sites runs on a CMS such as WordPress or Drupal, make sure you always have the latest versions and try to accept user input as light as possible.

If you’re using some third party script that enables visitors to interact with your website, make sure to check for updates from time to time.

Also, disable all services you don’t absolutely need, such as FTP or external access to MS-SQL, PostgreSQL and MySQL servers. And last but not lease, do not use weak passwords.

How does Monitive checks for malware?

Monitive checks your site for malware using services such as Google’s Malware Diagnostic tool, AVG ThreatLab Site Reports and other services that are build into antivirus software and browsers such as Chrome or Firefox.

How do I know if my site has was infected?

Monitive’s uptime monitoring service can help you know if your site is infected by the following means:

  • email — as soon as your site is suspected to contain malware, you will automatically get an email from us to the address that you use to login;
  • your account — in your administrative area (MonitiveAdmin), each HTTP monitor has an extra tab called ‘Malware’ where you can check the current status and see the malware detection history;
  • quick-test — go to our home page and type your website address in the Quick-test input box; on the results page we’ll also check for malware and let you know if your site is OK or not.

How can I protect myself from malware?

If your site is not yet infected, it would be a good idea to see what you need to do to keep the trouble out of your business. For this there are various resources out there, and here are some of them: