How To Check Malware in Nulled WordPress themes

How To Check Malware in Nulled WordPress themes

The theme is very familiar to most WordPress developers and people who maintain websites. Everyone who takes their website security seriously will respect the advice but there are still some people who want to take a short-cut and install zero themes and plugins. Such people are not saving money to add more modules to their website, but rather opening up a remote website management option for hackers.

We’ve added a few articles earlier about websites that you shouldn’t relay to download plugins or themes. Today I am going to talk about another such website which is “freewordpresthemes [dot] com”. They are offering some WordPress themes that you can download for free from their website and they are full of malware inside. We found them during our routine inspection via malware reported by our scanner engine. So the cPGuard scanner engine protects you from special malware already put in their package.

How To Check Malware in Nulled WordPress themes
How To Check Malware in Nulled WordPress themes

So let’s now have a look at the actual injection in their package. We found the code below in their “functions.php” file which is actually referring to a TXT file in their website. The injected code actually pulls some code from their website, creates a new file under the website’s public space, adds some code to it which is remote hand for hackers. So what does that mean? Yes, installing and enabling this theme means that you have opened your website to any unknown person who can make changes to your website without your permission.

So how can you avoid such threats? There is only one answer. Download themes and plugins from trusted sources. You should be ready to pay for the software which is going to meet your needs or you should look for some alternative option instead of opting for such shortcuts. Even though there are many incidents and reports regarding such issues, but those who do not act wisely will end up in such troubles. You can also deploy security solutions like cPGuard on your servers to protect them from such threats. But ultimately it is not recommended to use any null software as a matter of security!

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