How to Remove WordPress Malware – from.startfinishthis.com

Today, we cleaned another website with various signs of contamination, including injected index.php files, malicious users with admin privileges, and malicious plugins installed.

Since the contamination was widespread, I decided to review each site component. After the cleanup was complete, I disabled all the users with admin privileges, and also I switched off the plugin installation feature.

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FAQs

How to disable plugin installation in WordPress:

Just add the following line inside the wp-config.php file

define('DISALLOW_FILE_MODS', true);

What’s the first thing we always do, before proceeding with a cleanup?

We always start by moving all the contaminated web files to a safe area outside of public access – it will prevent data loss and reputation damage. After we secure the files, a temporary HTML index file is created, which contains critical contact information – phone number, address, and links to social media.

Which security plugin fixes the problem?

We never use a plugin to clean a website – that’s because malicious programs are always built to pass malware scans. It’s better to perform a manual cleanup and check each component by hand. After the cleanup is complete, we usually install and configure Wordfence.

I cleaned the website myself, and the malware returned. What to do?

That’s usually a sign of cross-site contamination – quickly disable the website by moving the files to a safe area and finding other neighbor websites hosted on the same server.
Also, check for any suspicious PHP files, custom Cronjobs, suspicious plugins, users, etc.

Cleanup steps

  • Make sure the WordPress files are intact and updated – including index.php and wp-config.php files.
  • Review the themes and plugins folders, apply all the available updates – delete the malicious folders.
  • Review users with admin privileges – look for wp-configuser and wpsupp-user.

Malicious plugins:
wp-cleansong/wp-cleansong.php
wp-restoresp

Malicious URLs
https://from.startfinishthis.com/zj7Hd3
https://from.startfinishthis.com/j77jns

https://inputgreensorts.com/?p=mnstgnldme5gi3bpha3tqnq&sub1=simn&sub2=reterdas
https://0.inputgreensorts.com/?p=mnstgnldme5gi3bpha3tqnq&sub1=simn
https://bluefiretoline.com/?p=gjswkm3bha5gi3bpha3teoi&sub2=freli
https://0.bluefiretoline.com/?p=gjswkm3bha5gi3bpha3teoi&sub2=freli

Other malicious URLs
https://bind.bestresulttostart.com/scripts/statistics.js?s=11.4.2
193.163.7.113, AS204601
https://chest.cdntoswitchspirit.com/scripts/connections.js
camilo.ns.cloudflare.com, gina.ns.cloudflare.com

https://0.redfiretoline.com/?p=gjswkm3bha5gi3bpha3teoi&sub2=rosa
martin.ns.cloudflare.com, rosalyn.ns.cloudflare.com

https://js.cdntoswitchspirit.com/source/split.js
camilo.ns.cloudflare.com, gina.ns.cloudflare.com
https://rest1.rdntocdns.com/DGC4PH
https://jquery.restartyourchoices.com/cdncollect
ganz.ns.cloudflare.com, gina.ns.cloudflare.com
https://cdn.rdntocdns.com/rthrttu.php
45.9.149.210, AS49447
https://rest1.rdntocdns.com/DGC4PH
45.9.149.210, AS49447
https://dns.startservicefounds.com/service/f.php
45.150.67.235, AS44477
https://api.startservicefounds.com/service/f.php
45.150.67.235, AS44477

Other malicious domains: 0.redfiretoline.com, 0.brownsisteroftime.com, redfiretoline.com, 0.cleanblueitems.com, 0.inputgreensorts.com, inputblacksorts.com, cleanreditems.com, 0.greensisteroftime.com.

Sucuri SiteCheck:
Known javascript malware: malware.injection?35.70

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