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Gootloader infection cleaned up

by Staff Writers on February 27, 2022

Dear blog owner and visitors,

This blog had been infected to serve up Gootloader malware to Google search victims, via a common tactic known as SEO (Search Engine Optimization) poisioning. Your blog was serving up 63 malicious pages. Your blogged served up malware to 38 visitors.

I tried my best to clean up the infection, but I would do the following:

  • Upgrade WordPress to the latest version (one way the attackers might have gained access to your server)
  • Upgrade all WordPress themes to the latest versions (another way the attackers might have gained access to your server)
  • Upgrade all WordPress plugins (another way the attackers might have gained access to your server), and remove any unnecessary plugins.
  • Verify all users are valid (in case the attackers left a backup account, to get back in)
  • Change all passwords (for WordPress accounts, FTP, SSH, database, etc.) and keys. This is probably how the attackers got in, as they are known to brute force weak passwords
  • Run antivirus scans on your server
  • Block these IPs ( and, either in your firewall, .htaccess file, or in your /etc/hosts file, as these are the attackers command and control servers, which send malicious commands for your blog to execute
  • Check cronjobs (both server and WordPress), aka scheduled tasks. This is a common method that an attacker will use to get back in. If you are not sure, what this is, Google it
  • Consider wiping the server completly, as you do not know how deep the infection is. If you decide not to, I recommend installing some security plugins for WordPress, to try and scan for any remaining malicious files. Integrity Checker, WordPress Core Integrity Checker, Sucuri Security,
    and Wordfence Security, all do some level of detection, but not 100% guaranteed
  • Go through the process for Google to recrawl your site, to remove the malcious links (to see what malicious pages there were, Go to Google and search agreement)
  • Check subdomains, to see if they were infected as well
  • Check file permissions

Gootloader (previously Gootkit) malware has been around since 2014, and is used to initally infect a system, and then sell that access off to other attackers, who then usually deploy additional malware, to include ransomware and banking trojans. By cleaning up your blog, it will make a dent in how they infect victims. PLEASE try to keep it up-to-date and secure, so this does not happen again.


The Internet Janitor

Below are some links to research/further explaination on Gootloader:

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As a busy healthcare professional, you need all the help you can get to find what you need quickly. In additional to providing easy access to billions of Web pages, Google provides additional features as well as new search options just announced within the past few months — all tips that you can use in your profession as well as share with your patients or clients.

Instead of searching for those options yourself, we’ve scouted out the best twenty-five Google tips and tricks for healthcare professionals and listed them below. These tips are categorized by search tips, tips for your mobile and Google and other Google options. The links and tips are not listed in any particular order within those categories. [click to continue…]

Medicine has come a long way within the past two centuries, but sometimes accidents, illnesses and deformities can confound even the most educated and experienced doctor. The following list contains ten of the most famous ‘medical miracles’ performed by doctors and, perhaps, by the patient’s own will to survive. These ‘miracles’ consisted of a willingness on the part of doctors, patients and parents to consent to medical treatment in an otherwise unbearable or fatal situation. [click to continue…]

Top 50 Hospital Blogs

by Linda on September 21, 2009

Have you wished that the hospital you worked for or the one where you were a patient would blog about their news and about items that addressed community health care? In our search for the top 50 hospital blogs, we were lucky to find a handful that were addressing those issues on an updated basis. The other hand was filled with CEOs who have begun to blog about hospital and political health policy issues. In between, we discovered many other blogs from people who worked at hospitals or who were former patients who were building patient advocacy sites.

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Top 5 Most Famous Nurses Ever

by Staff Writers on July 16, 2009

What is it that inspires people to become nurses? This is a question that has remained with or without answers to many. Basically there will be varying reasons from those who decided to become nurses. Many will say that it is they were inspired by other nurses while others will say that they did it for goodness of others, to offer the best services to the community.

Some of the nurses who have been inspirational to others include people like Clara Barton, Mary Todd Lincoln and Florence Nightingale. For those who have been in this field may have got their inspiration from these individuals. [click to continue…]

What is Online BSN Degree?

by Staff Writers on June 20, 2009

Nursing has a variety of degree options which range with their salaries where by Bachelors science in nursing (BSN) is considered an advanced degree in nursing field. BSN nurses can work in a variety of fields which differ in their salaries for example they could work as a teacher, in pharmaceuticals or even care for patients. Other factors that influence the BSN nurses salary is the experience of the individual, geographical location of the nurse and lastly the specialty of the individual.

BSN salaries based on experience incase of less than one year averagely ranges in: $ 50,081, 1-4 years: $54,519, 5-9 years: $59,931 where by the more the experience the more the pay. Also in the case of the geographical location for example in New York, averagely their salary is around $ 65,062, Atlanta $ 54.457 or Dallas $ 56,492 and so on. Depending on the country the rural BSN salaries ranges could be similar, higher or lower depending on the economy situation of the country or maybe due to the shortages of nurses in the rural areas.

The specialty of the BSN studies also affects pay, for example in the case of the following specialties the nurse could be averagely earning per month; nurse manager $ 67,922, Nurse case manager $ 58,893, Director nursing $ 71,619, clinical nurse manager $ 66,252, nurse school $ 37,867 or a nurse practitioner $ 71,364. The higher the level of education the more the responsibilities and consequently the more the reward (pay).

Other factors that also determine the pay of the BSN salary increase with the position one holds for example anesthetist nurse can not be paid similar to the head of the nurses. Also on the institution that has employed the nurse is it, a private practice? the government? short stay surgery centers? and so on.