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So imagine you have this thriving website with thousands of daily visitors and you got to sleep on Saturday night thinking about new posts for the week that you have to edit, new writers you’ve hired etc.

Then you wake up and head to the site (like you’ve done a million times before) with your cup of coffee and you type in “www.windows8update.com” and this screen comes up.

And you try to get into your control panel and it gives you the same screen.

What do you do?  Panic and scream might sound like the reasonable option but the right answer is slow down and breathe.

Long story short, because I am a geek and I know WordPress really well, I was able to fix this in 25 minutes.

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I would love to tell you what they did and what the fix was but that would be teaching bad people exploits and fixes.

Won’t do it.

Bottom line is, if you’re a webmaster, make sure you back up PLENTY and take it seriously. I could restore this site from absolutely nothing in 45 minutes.

It takes time and money but it’s well worth the investment.

I thought it was just me but I am sad to say, my hosting company (Inmotion Hosting) had a bunch of sites hit as well.

Maybe it’s time to move to HostGator?

Those of you who have VPS hosting, whats the best VPS hosting company out there?

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About the Author

Onuora Amobi is the Founder and VP of Digital Marketing at Learn About The Web Inc. Onuora has more than a decade of information security, project management and management consulting experience. He has specialized in the management and deployment of large scale ERP client/server systems.

In addition to being a former Microsoft MVP and the founder and editor of EyeOnWindows.com, he is the CEO of a Pasadena based online marketing education startup - Learn About The Web Inc. (www.learnabouttheweb.com) and The Redmond Cloud (https://www.theredmondcloud.com).

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  1. Dude that sucks ass!

  2. doesnt suprise me win 8 sucks anyways

  3. I’m sorry that happened!  And to answer your question, I’ve heard MediaTemple is good.  I put my web clients on Bluehost because it’s cheap and effective for their small uses, but my only big client was big enough that it demanded an on-site server array.  For that, I recommend HP.

  4. Time to use Linux on your webservers… You really have to ask what we think… HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

  5. I have actually been with iPage for many years and not had a problem once, other than an advance motive to me that I’ve been able to post to my site of sever maintaince. (which we all know has to happen from time to time). They have VPS, FrontPage apps and tools, and it works without a hitch. I’ve used PhP, SSH, and other methods to host, move and change various things it’s usually free to move your personal domain name when you setup and pay for your yearly account subscription and their servers are UNIX based. They have a full host of applications and features to use and best of all it’s very inexpensive to use, in fact less than HostGator… Take it for what it’s worth, I’m not a brainiac or a full fledged geek but when in comes to my time and money I’ve done my homework.

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