Google Malware and PageRank Loss

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Big boy talk:

A few of my PBN websites have been hacked and used to send mass spam or setup for phishing. My bad - poor security. This happens often. I remove it and get on with my life.

However during that time, some of these PBN sites have been reported to Google and now give the "This site may harm your computer" warning when found in the SERPs and the big warning when you try to visit directly in Chrome or FF.

Question is:

As the website is still indexed in Google, toolbar PR still high, and in some instances, has cached version still in the index, do you think PR is still being passed through those links? Or, are you aware that when a Malware/Phishing report is accepted by the Google machine, does PR become void?

If not, is there any legitimate documentation/references to confirm your personal opinion?

Thanks!!
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  • Profile picture of the author Clint Butler
    Hey,

    The PR is still there and passing.

    That being said its easy to get the malware warning removed and doesn't take a lot of time. Unfortunately though your going to need to create a Webmasters account for each of your sites to protect you PBN.

    Once in there the malware warning will show up in your Webmaster tools and you can ask that it be removed.

    I know someone who had it cleared up in about a week.
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    • Profile picture of the author shadowboxa
      Originally Posted by Clint Butler View Post

      Hey,
      Once in there the malware warning will show up in your Webmaster tools and you can ask that it be removed.
      Much appreciated Clint. Thanks for the response.

      I believe that a request to have it removed will result in a manual (human) review of the website to confirm that it is not Malware. Do you agree with that, or you think the system will remove it?

      (Having a real person review could expose a whole network, so definitely not worth it, if that's the case.)

      Cheers
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      • Profile picture of the author webdevpro
        Originally Posted by shadowboxa View Post

        Much appreciated Clint. Thanks for the response.

        I believe that a request to have it removed will result in a manual (human) review of the website to confirm that it is not Malware. Do you agree with that, or you think the system will remove it?

        (Having a real person review could expose a whole network, so definitely not worth it, if that's the case.)

        Cheers
        Most probably, a manual action will be taken to check if you had done what you have said.
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  • Profile picture of the author dgui123451
    You should get a new web hosting company that has higher security.
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    • Profile picture of the author yukon
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      Originally Posted by dgui123451 View Post

      You should get a new web hosting company that has higher security.
      How do you know it's not OPs own fault running some free plugin/theme with hidden base_64 scripts?
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    • Profile picture of the author Retziki
      Originally Posted by dgui123451 View Post

      You should get a new web hosting company that has higher security.

      Security is a joint effort between the client and the host.
      Poor site management and an unsecured computer on users end can lead to security problems.
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  • Profile picture of the author nobodyhere
    This is what i do not like about google, they are so big they have no time to look after the site owners. They stick to their policies like no other website. If your site is blacklisted by-mistake then they do not ever unbacklist it
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  • Profile picture of the author WPExpert
    Originally Posted by shadowboxa View Post

    As the website is still indexed in Google, toolbar PR still high, and in some instances, has cached version still in the index, do you think PR is still being passed through those links? Or, are you aware that when a Malware/Phishing report is accepted by the Google machine, does PR become void?
    It may be there for the moment but it won't be long before Google amends its index to show that your site is unsafe to visit and stops sending traffic.

    By the way, one of the biggest problems with trying to unhack your website is that the infection or code-injection or whatever it is that is the root of the problem, may well not have come from your website in the first place.

    And cheap shared hosting providers now regularly take the least cost route and simply block you from access until you get fed up with their endless and pointless automatic emails, and just drift away.

    Then they can wipe their hard disk and start again with a new piece of Internet real estate.

    The secret is to get someone who knows how to protect your site for you and avoid the issue in the first place.

    Sooner or later you will either learn how or find someone you can trust.

    Terence.
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    • Profile picture of the author excloc
      someone setup a phishing page on my website.
      I know because I got a warning on webmaster tools.
      like eg.
      mydomain.com /wp-content/themes/c-vodacom/fruits/fnb/index.php

      I looked through ftp using filezilla and cannot find the file.
      Anyone has any advice?
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      • Profile picture of the author Rino1
        Originally Posted by excloc View Post

        someone setup a phishing page on my website.
        I know because I got a warning on webmaster tools.
        like eg.
        mydomain.com /wp-content/themes/c-vodacom/fruits/fnb/index.php

        I looked through ftp using filezilla and cannot find the file.
        Anyone has any advice?
        Do you have a back up anywhere that you can just wipe the FTP and reupload? I have been in the same place, and i just wiped everything off the FTP, and uploaded my backup in its place. Made a few DB changes and in 10 min was back up and running again.
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