We got cases where after recovery of a website, the client still complains that Google Ads disapproved for malicious or unwanted software, Google support says their website still containing unwanted software and malicious links.Follow these steps below to identify hidden malicious links first if they exist on your website.If you hired solvewp.com already to recover your website, please continue from Step 5: Resubmit Ads
Step 1: Get Links from SupportFirst of all, contact with Google Ads support, and ask for details, ask for what they got on the website. You may get a reply within 2 business days. That reply email will contain links that Google Ads found on your website.
Step 2: Start finding the hidden linksAt first, try Solvewp online Scanner to discover hidden links. In most cases, you will get those links under “external links”. If nothing suspicious found, proceed to these manual steps. Check your website HTML source code in any web browser like Mozilla Firefox or Chrome.
- 1: Search your website in Google (Don’t type URL in browser address bar directly)
- 2: Click on any link from the google search result
- 3: Once you get your website fully loaded on your web browser, press “
CTRL+U” on the keyboard or right-click on your mouse and select “View page source”
- 4: Press “
CTRL+F” to find the string on HTML source, type something like “
apu” or “
zoneid” in the search box
Step 3: Check website databaseIf those malicious links are hidden into the database, you may locate it by simply searching using link domain names or unique keywords. We used
dolohena search term in our example. Login into phpmyadmin > Select appropriate database name > click on search Make sure that you have selected all database tables to search into. If those links exist in the database, you will get it like this Click on “browse” You got your culprit hidden malicious links! Try different unique search keywords if the result returns nothing.
grep -Hrn 'dolohen' /var/www/html/wp-content
Step 5: Resubmit AdsOnce you get everything clean, resubmit your ads in Google by simply editing existing ads. If you make any simple edit in existing ads like just change a word, ads status will change to “Under Review”.
- Select the ads you want to resubmit for review.
- In the menu at the top, click Edit.
- Make any change, you can just change a word.
- Click Submit.