Finance and Malware: A Love Hate Relationship!

After nearly 3 days of inactivity on my part on my blog I am ready to hit the ground running.  Wow those last 3 days have been hectic.  I woke up Monday morning to find my site acting a little funny.  I didn’t think anything of it so I went about the day.  Monday night I get home and try to check the site to see some the statistics and how things are going.  I get a redirect that takes me to Adfly.

First thoughts are this could get expensive.  I have only been blogging 2 weeks if this gets to out of control, I wont be able to afford to drop a lot of money into the site especially since I am not making any money from the site at this point. 

Let’s just do a quick analysis – I have been blogging a few years like PDITF – Punch Debt in the Face, he had a post on there the other day that he was Consciously Choosing to Underearn.  He made a whopping $13,000 last year from blogging.  From my point of view there is just an expense at this point that is GREAT!

$13000 a year divided by the 12 months in a year is $1083.33 a month.  All months are created equal in this analysis so we go with the nice round 30 days in the month.   So $36.11 a day I make running this site weekends included.  I was down 3 days, so I lost out on $108.33 in hard earned cash and worse off you didn’t get any great blog posts by ME. 

Sit, relax, I know that was a tough one to swallow but we are back up and running today and everything is hunkey dorey!  I decided to fold my cards and contact Sucuri.net to help me out with my malware problem.  They started on the site mid day Wednesday and I had an email 30 minutes before midnight telling me that my site was malware clean. That was the best news I had in days. 

I could have lost 3 days of blogging income and $89 dollars for the year subscription to Sucuri.net monitoring.  Thankfully, I write for you and I am not making anything so I only lost $89.  Ahh that makes me feel better!

Lesson learned: Malware is a tough beast to contain and best left up to the professionals.  Throw a few bucks at the problem and let the professionals fix it and you will have much greater piece of mind.

PS: The customer service was so great at Sucuri, I decided to sign up for their affiliate program.  Check it out here!

 

PHOTO BY: RobynAnderson

Malware / Trojan / Virus – Is this a familiar sight for you?

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Well today I had my first experience with Malware.  I was not able to post a regularly scheduled post as usual.  I woke up this morning to check out the website to find a bunch of popups on the site once I logged in.  Talk about shell shock and not having a clue what to do.  Thankfully my fellow Yakeziers were there to the rescue with some valuable posts to help me though this debacle.

I quickly got on the phone to my hosting company to see if they had any products that they offered for free to help me remove.  I don’t know if anyone has ever used Inmotion Hosting, but their customer service is outstanding.  I do not have a financial relationship with them at this time other than they are the hosting company.  Wow, I have never been so helpless with respect to technology.  They took care of me every step of the way.

As the day progressed as they were researching what was wrong all the worst ran through my head.  What if I need to do everything all over?  Would I throw in the towel and call it a day?  I had started the blog only a few weeks back but it would take quite a bit of work to get it back?  I know backups right, but the last one I had done was earlier this week and being a new site that is ages ago.  Needless to say I have set a schedule for the backups.

Sitting there thinking about Sucuri and how much it costs for a year subscription made me wonder if I was meant to be online and blogging.  Sure $90 dollars isn’t much to a website that has been around for a while, but to a recently built on it is a lot.  I could easily start getting nickeled and dimed by various websites offering a level of protection, I was new what do I know.

At the end of the day, InMotion contacted me to let me know that they had resolved the problem. Wheeewwwww

Needless to say a lot of time and aggravation I am here to say back up your site and read the forums on Yakezie, as they will provide you a lot of information that a newbie doesn’t know.  I came away unscathed and didn’t spend a dime, all in all a good day!

PHOTO BY: BitDefenderES