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If you run a website, you should use the Google malware checker tool to determine if your website has been classified as harmful by the search engine. Keep in mind that whether or not your site is actually infected, if Google provides security advisory warning visitors against it, you will lose traffic. While the Google malware checker tool is essentially intended for site visitors, website owners and webmasters are also encouraged to use it as part of their efforts to improve the security of their sites.
How does the Google malware checker tool work? All you have to do is to enter the URL of the site you want to check into the field, and click the Check Advisory button. The results will tell you not just that the site has been infected with malware but also if it has hosted malicious software, if it has been used to infect other sites with malware. The results will also tell you if the site is considered suspicious.
It should be noted that just because your site has been flagged by the Google malware checker tool, it does not mean that the site owner is deliberately using it to spread malware. Malicious software is designed to infect sites without being detected, which is why being vigilant about cyber-security on your site is important.
In conjunction with the Google malware checker tool, Google offers proactive help to webmasters by sending site administrators an email when they detect questionable content as well as providing in Webmaster Tools a listing of pages that are seen to be infected with malware.
Once your site is clean, you can ask Google to review it so that it will remove the warning label that appears when someone uses the Google malware checker tool to review your URL. Simply go to the Google’s Search Console home page then click the Health and then the Malware buttons. The next step is to click on Request a Review. After Google confirms that the infection has been removed from your site, wait a day or so for the site to remove the warning. You can confirm this by using the Google malware checker tool again.
If you would like to provide a service to your visitors, then you can also install a link to the Google malware checker tool so they can check out sites they plan to visit. All you have to do is to install a piece of linking code that you can easily get from their site. The link appears as a search box with “Check your site for Malware Advisory” inside.