Sucuri reported on their blog yesterday that the WordPress Social Media Widget plugin is injecting payday loan spam into websites. It is recommended that you remove the plugin from your WordPress site.
How to Remove The Social Media Widget Plugin
Apologies for the poor sound, I still have not replaced my Muppet chewed headset! Written instructions are below the video.
To save time later, if you do not have a record of your social links then copy them into a notepad file or spreadsheet now.
- Click on Appearance > Widgets on the left menu in your WordPress dashboard
- On the right side, locate where you have the Social Media Widget placed and open the widget
- Scroll through each section and copy your social URLs onto a notepad file
Once you have all your data saved, now you can delete the plugin.
- Click on Plugins in the left menu of your WordPress dashboard
- Scroll down to the Social Media Widget and click deactivate
- Once the plugin has been deactivated, scroll down again and click delete
- Click the “yes, delete these files” button
Social Media Widget Alternatives
There are many social plugins available. To save searching, I’ve listed 3 here:
Social Share Toolkit (adds share buttons as well as follow buttons)
Over to you…
Do you use the Social Media Widget plugin? What plugin will you replace it with?
Update: The issues with this plugin have been resolved and once again it is available via your WordPress dashboard or http://wordpress.org/support/plugin/social-media-widgetWordPress Social Media Widget Plugin Spam Problems by Jan Kearney