I own a website. Now today I find that when I load the site, Chrome shows "waiting for xxx.com" and some other unknown sites.
I never added content or links from these sites.
The website is running on WordPress.
What can be the cause of this issue?

  • Lots of possible reasons... does it happen in other browsers to? What's in your access log and error log? Is WordPress using all the security patches? – S.L. Barth - Reinstate Monica May 16 '15 at 16:26
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    Have you tried it on other computers? – Neil Smithline May 16 '15 at 16:30
  • @S.L.Barth IE Does not show details when loading,in chrome i can see in bottom left corner.Let me check with other browsers.Wordpress is not up to date,since there are some problems with the plugins,so i keep it that way. Where can i see the error log? – techno May 16 '15 at 16:31
  • @NeilSmithline Let me try and get back.just a min – techno May 16 '15 at 16:31
  • @NeilSmithline It does not show in chrome/firefox on my pc. – techno May 16 '15 at 16:37

It looks like your website is hacked / compromised and the attacker must have injected some malicious script into your website index for monetary gain through ads or for other profits. There is also a possibility that the source website from where it is loading the content is also hacked / compromised. What I can suggest you is:

  1. It is necessary to identify the malcious code injected into the scripts for which you need some knowledge of php and security. The malicious code can be hidden anywhere in the php file , in the javascript file, in the images (.png|.jpg|.gif), .htaccess file or any file extension on the server or it can be due to vulnerable plugins that you have installed in wordpress.

  2. I would suggest you to create a backup of the complete website, Freshly install the latest version of Wordpress and then restore / import the db (there is still the possibility of the code hidden in the database but I have found very rare cases where this happens)

More details can be found here.

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  • Thanks,but this issue is only occurs on my laptop.Please see the comments on the question. – techno May 17 '15 at 15:20
  • @techno Can you please provide us with the screenshots ? or share html code of the index page (the page which loads when your website is visited) on pastie or pastebin don't forget to remove your host name. – user2425057 May 18 '15 at 16:35

Open your browser's development window, and look for requests in the network tab. This could be a WordPress plugin loading something from a 3rd party, it could be your browser preloading links or it could be one of your browsers add-ons/plugins/extensions loading something. It's nearly impossible to say with the information provided.

You could also try viewing the source of the page in question, although requests may also be triggered by scripts located elsewhere on the site.

Good hunting!

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  • Why was this voted down? – Saustrup May 13 '16 at 6:08

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