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- Jan 21, 2020
OK, this is not exactly a traditional SEO problem, but it's related to search engines, so I guess it fits?
I have a client whose site is having a weird problem. It's a WordPress site that was victim of a cross-scripting attack. I cleaned up the malicious files using Wordfence, and just browsing around the site, it appears the problem is cleared up. The problem is, if you go to any page on the site through Google, it leads to a 404 page, because the site is attempting to redirect you to a malicious page that was deleted. Here's the weird part, though... this ONLY happens when you are going to the page through Google or another search engine. If you go to the exact same URL through your address bar, the 404 problem doesn't come up at all. It works just fine.
As an extra interesting layer, I tested with a couple other search engines - Yahoo, Bing, and DuckDuckGo. Yahoo and Bing have the same results, but DuckDuckGo works just fine.
Any ideas as to what could be causing this?