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I have not updated any plugin or installed anything new. Since today, there is a strange Popup ad appearing on my Wordpress admin dashboard. The permalinks of all the pages (except homepage) became invalid, but that problem I solved by going to Settings->Permalinks->"Press Save".

I read this blog, which mentions that two infectious plugins are doing the same thing but I have checked my wp-content/plugins and have not found any strange folder inside it.

Furthermore, on the page Appearance->Widgets, I am not able to change/click any widget.

Screenshot of My current Dashboard:

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Update-1: I found one plugin which I have definitely not installed. But I am not sure if this is the cause. The plugin name is stop-ref-spamers but it's not activated. I don't know if a plugin can harm even if it's not activated.

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PS: I do have Google Adsense script in one or two posts and a Google Adsense script in Custom HTML widget.

  • Have you translated the text of the message? – Steve Aug 25 '18 at 12:35
  • @Steve: Yes, I did. The translation says. It's easy and simple Even the beginner will cope First earnings in 30 minutes Detailed free technique – skm Aug 25 '18 at 12:41
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It seems like a malware activity.

To find who is generating that pop-up you can deactivate all other plugins, revert to a default theme like TwentySeventeeen and test again. Then, simply activate them back one-by-one checking each time the installation process until you get the pop up again.

The plugin you mentioned shouldn't be the problem since it's not active.

You can also scan your site with this site to confirm.

  • I will try but except this plugin, all the plugins (just very few and basic ones) were installed previously as well and did not create any problem. – skm Aug 25 '18 at 12:55
  • Sure, but it can be a malware on the theme, so switching to a default theme will help you understand who is causing the problem. – Castiblanco Aug 25 '18 at 12:56
  • I have deactivated all the plugins still, the malicious Ad is coming. I also tried to use the default theme (in local backup) but still the Ad is coming. I checked my wp-load.php file and it seems completely different to that of my first wp-load.php file. Seems like somebody has penetrated the site and did it intentionally. – skm Aug 25 '18 at 14:27
  • Go to: Appearance > Themes > Add New and add, for example, Twenty Seventeen. In case you already have it, just activate it. – Castiblanco Aug 25 '18 at 14:29
  • yes, already did it. Please check my updated comment above. I switched to Twenty Sixteen. – skm Aug 25 '18 at 14:30

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