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Have you noticed a strange pattern of inappropriate, rude or vulgar language in random places on your website? Are you seeing strange tics like popup messages or changes that you did not make? 

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, your website may have been affected by what we call Techno-Spasm-Itis. This happens when your website security has become vulnerable and the code has been compromised by malware.

Other symptoms of Techno-Spasm-Itis are:

  • You start getting more spam comments or messages than usual
  • Your website slows down or breaks
  • You get pop-up messages that you did not add
  • Internet traffic suspiciously increases
  • Website pages change without your input
  • Unusual messages show unexpectedly
  • Inappropriate or strange words and characters in the middle of your website content.

If this is your website, don’t worry - there are treatment options for Techno-Spasm-Itis. But first, we need to get to the heart of the issue. 

Malware is malicious software that has been added by a hacker - including viruses, ransomware, Trojans, adware, spyware and more. Hackers routinely upload malware to websites through source code, plugins, phishing or other ways. 

To verify your diagnosis, you will need to contact your website administrator, or you can get a self-assessment by using Google’s Safe Browsing site status tool at transparencyreport.google.com.

To remove malware from your website, you will need to scrub your website of the infected files. And to prevent malware on your website, it is critical that you have the right security measures in place.

To find out more about treatment for Techno-Spasm-Itis, which is malware removal and prevention, please schedule a consultation with our Web Therapy team today.

 

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Jennifer Bailey

Written by Jennifer Bailey

Enchantress of marketing strategy, digital development and creative spell-craft at Story Collaborative. Among rolling green hills and peaceful forests, an enchantress lived a quiet life surrounded by children and nature. But this enchantress was just as comfortable in the wilderness of the internet as she was in the wilderness of rural Virginia. With deep roots in digital marketing, Jennifer Bailey has 15 years of experience in cultivating organizational growth through conversion optimization, web development, search engine optimization, content development, and social media.