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I had a site that was hacked (had Arab words on the index.php), and all files deleted, but database still there.

I used Fantastico to install a clean release of WP 3.1, and I still some something suspicious. In lower right side of Firefox it says "Read www.clickcoupon.me". With FireBug and PageSpeed, I can see it's opening: http://www.clickcoupon.me/plugin/sources/clickcoupon.js and http://clickcoupon.me/plugin/sources/jquery-1.3.2_nd.js which both look extremely suspicious. These are not part of the standard WordPress are they?

The site is http://cpanelvideocenter.com. As of the time I'm posting this, it is a default install from Fantastico. Unless they hacked my hosting company as well, I don't see how these files could be involved.

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If you're using the same database, then the hack code is sometimes stored in there. The pharma hack uses this technique. Ensure that you have a clean database that you're installing into also.

  • First, I want to make sure I'm clean with the default new database created by Fantastico. – NealWalters Jul 18 '11 at 16:57
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Found it! It was happening in FireFox but not Chrome. I looked at all my FireFox Extensions, and found "Browser Enhancements 1.0" and "Browser Coupons 1.0" http://www.webenhancements.me/.

The other URL was searchdock.me, and was reported as a "threat" here: http://www.threatexpert.com/report.aspx?md5=af6cc99d717c0daef65a9dafd6c45db7

I'm not sure when I installed these or why, but I don't think they were related to the hacking incident. It was just that when i was analyzing the hack incident carefully, I discovered these "extras" that probably didn't need to be on my machine anyway.

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I don't see the link with twentyten active, so if it only appears in another theme, clean that theme or replace it with a fresh copy.

Fix your site the right way: see FAQ: My site was hacked « WordPress Codex and How to completely clean your hacked wordpress installation and How to find a backdoor in a hacked WordPress and Hardening WordPress « WordPress Codex and tell your host. Change all passswords. Scan your own PC for spyware. Some plugins might be useful: Search for "security" « WordPress Plugins

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