ALERT – Malware Versions of Popular Website Tool Discovered
*** Breaking News ***[jbox jbox_css=”border:2px solid #7c7c7c;padding-left:1em;” vgradient=”#dfdfdf|#ffffff” title=”ALERT!”]If you use the popular FileZilla FTP (File Transport Protocol) tool on your PC to upload files to your website(s), you need to be aware that the FileZilla team has discovered that there are malware versions of the popular tool on certain software download sites.[/jbox]
Here’s What The Malware Does…Malware can do some nasty things to you. In this case, the malware steals your website login username, password, FTP website address, and port number. Then, it sends them to the hacker(s). Then, they can do what they wish using your small business website…like turning it into spam server without you even knowing about it. They can also lock you out of your website.
What You Can Do About It
You can check your version of FileZilla against the graphic image here.
If you do have a malware version of the software, I recommend that you:
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- Uninstall it now…not later
- Perform a full-system anti-virus scan of your PC (I like the Eset security suite)
- Perform a full-system spyware scan (If your anti-virus software does not scan for spyware. I like Spybot)
- Have the tool(s) above delete any infections
- Restart your PC
- Download FileZilla from the official site
- Scan your website(s) with an online scanning tool, like Securi.net. Use the Scan Now tool on the home page.
- Change your FTP login password, as well as your WordPress username(s) and passwords (if you have WordPress and if they are different from your FTP username and password).
I hope you’re not affected by this. But, be sure to check.