As depicted below, you may be presenting an excellent, professional and polished image.  However, as your customers are ‘browsing’ the scary stuff is happening behind your and their backs!  The virus attacks their desktop, depositing its nastiness and spreading from there.

This happens for all of the visitors to your site.  Sometimes, they will have anti-virus software that detects the malware (which is good for them, bad for you now that they realize that your site is distributing malware.)

Sometimes, the malware is so new, or they don’t have AV software running – the virus slips through and gets installed.  And that folks, is how drive-by malware works.  Simple browsing enables the spread of the infection – regardless of how pretty, fast or unique your site is.

This is why – even when you’ve cleaned up a site – we recommend ‘regular protection’ – in this case regular scanning of your website for vulnerabilities. The insertion points are wide and varied (could be your code, your hoster, your ad network or even your own PC).

Simply put, you don’t want to risk your whole business by having your website being the ‘malware mule’!


Acunetix developers and tech agents regularly contribute to the blog. All the Acunetix developers come with years of experience in the web security sphere.