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GWT Offers Malware Review

Streamlined notification and review process



5:24 pm on Aug 14, 2007 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member netmeg is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member Top Contributors Of The Month

GWT is going to start notifying you in your GWT account if they believe your site or sites have malware installed. They'll also offer a process where you can request a review and get the notice removed, which has been a big bone of contention from what I understand.

From the notification on the Webmaster Central Blog [googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com]:

If you find that your site is affected by malware, either through malware-labeled search results or in the summary for your site in Webmaster Tools, we've streamlined the process to review your site and return it malware-label-free in our search results:

1. View a sample of the dangerous URLs on your site in Webmaster Tools.
2. Make any necessary changes to your site according to StopBadware.org's Security tips.
3. New: Request a malware review from Google and we'll evaluate your site.
4. New: Check the status of your review.
* If we feel the site is still harmful, we'll provide an updated list of remaining dangerous URLs
* If we've determined the site to be clean, you can expect removal of malware messages in the near future (usually within 24 hours).

[edited by: tedster at 5:37 pm (utc) on Aug. 14, 2007]
[edit reason] added the link [/edit]


3:05 am on Aug 15, 2007 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member tedster is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

This is good news. Having Google serve the malware warning right in the SERPs, but with no recourse except through a sometimes slow-moving third party, was excrutiating.

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