So for at least the past month or so I’ve been dealing with an ugly virus that hit my design site – Nifty Creations by Jodi. The worst part is, is that I have a MAC so was really unaware of any problem until someone told me. So this virus may have been on there a lot longer then I know of! When people with AVG would try to visit my Nifty Creations by Jodi site a warning would pop up that the site the thread was blocked and infected with the black hole exploit kit – lovely. Seeing that it is a web design business, that is not cool when the site is blocked because it is a threat!
So, I Googled Black Hole Exploit Kit and got a bunch of stuff on it, but really not a way to repair it. I had read and heard that AVG get false positives quite a bit with the free version of their anti-virus software. So, I call AVG to see if this was the problem. I was told no by the technician and, when he looked in to it, he said it was caused by some bad coding in a jQuery plugin. He then specifically asked if I had Lightbox on my site…which I did, and he said that was it.
I inquired with a couple other designers who have Lightbox on their site if they have had problems and they didn’t. Not wanting to really remove that plugin I chose to FTP my entire site on my laptop and run it through the virus scan. I didn’t find anything! So of course then I thought may be it was the plugin. Still though I didn’t understand why it would act up on mine but not so many others. I ended up trying out some different image sliders to see if it was just the one I was using. The biggest problem is that with this particular malware, you may not always get the threat pop-up. So, I would clear cookies and cache and the threat would not appear. I’d clear it again then close my browser and still nothing. Lastly I should shut computer, reboot and still nothing. Inevitably the next morning I would open the browser and my website and the dang threat would pop up again. This actually went on for just a little while until I decided to get rid of any jQuery on my site completely…I did that a little over a week ago. This past Tuesday I signed up to have that website listed somewhere and was then notified that I had a virus on that site – the same one I thought I was rid of.
At this point I reached to other bloggers and one in particular who I seen do some tremendous work and I know a lot of people use her as the go to person with all their issues – Becky Ryan-Willis of Stone Alley 4 WP. Let me just say – she is AMAZING!!! She was extremely generous with her time and patience. Becky researched the issue, then went through all my files on my host, and then FTP’d my site and found the little rascal! She knew what to look for and all the ins and outs of resolving this problem. Truly, I think I would have lost my marbles if it wasn’t for her!
My website is still free of the Black Hole Exploit thanks to Becky and her magic. You really need to go visit Stone Alley 4 WP- the true one-stop-shop in designing and hosting of blogs.
Thank you Becky!