Should Google remove hacked websites from its index?

On Twitter, a webmaster asked whether Google should completely remove websites that it suspects are hacked, or serving malware.

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36% said that Google should remove these websites from the index. 64% said that it’s enough to warn hacked websites.

Google says it’s not an either/or question

Google’s John Mueller said that removing or warning websites isn’t an either/or question:

Check your web pages regularly

You should check your web pages regularly to make sure that you can react quickly if your website has been hacked. The Uptime Monitor tool in SEOprofiler can check your website for particular words. The Website Audit tool regularly checks your pages for errors. You can create your free SEOprofiler account here:

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Tom Cassy

Tom Cassy is the CEO of SEOprofiler. He blogs about search engine optimization and website marketing topics at “”.