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How to Enable DreamShield Malware Remover

Malware is everywhere. Each day, over 350,000 new malicious programs see the light of day. That malware comes in all shapes and sizes, and it can range from “annoying” to “site-breaking.” Knowing how to detect and remove it is key to keeping your website and its users safe.

If you’re using a reputable web host, fortunately, malware shouldn’t be a big issue. With any of our managed hosting plans, you’ll get access to the DreamShield Malware Remover add-on, which can help you detect and deal with malware files before they become a serious problem. Let’s go over how malware removers work and how you can enable DreamShield!

What a Malware Remover Is (And How It Can Help You)

You’re probably familiar with the concept of anti-virus software. Malware removers are similar, but they’re equipped to deal with a wider variety of threats.

There are hundreds of types of malicious programs that can infect and hurt websites. Some malware will plant ads on your pages, others hijack links, while still more will exploit your website for black-hat Search Engine Optimization (SEO) purposes.

Some types of malware are less dangerous than others, but in almost every case, they can cause severe damage to your website by:

  • Negatively impacting the user experience
  • Causing search engines to warn visitors away
  • Slowing down your website

Any single one of those issues is enough to slow down your site’s growth. That means it’s in your best interest to learn how to prevent and remove malware from your website.

Most reputable web hosts will provide you with some level of protection against known malware. We offer DreamShield, which you can enable on any of our managed hosting plans.

With DreamShield, you get weekly full-site scans and reports that tell you if any known malware file has managed to worm its way past your defenses. If worse comes to worst, DreamShield helps you remove that malware file so you can return your website to pristine condition.

What’s more, DreamShield will also check if common web applications are up to date, fix insecure file permissions, and even verify if HTTPS is enabled!

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How to Enable DreamShield Malware Remover

As we mentioned before, DreamShield is an individual add-on that you can enable on any of our managed hosting plans. First, let’s go over how to set it up if you’re just signing up for shared hosting. Then we’ll discuss how to activate it if you’re already a DreamHost user.

Activate DreamShield Malware Remover on New Accounts

When signing up for hosting with DreamHost, you’ll get to decide whether you’d like to register a new domain, transfer an existing domain, or choose one later.

Domain registration options for new DreamHost users.

Enabling DreamShield works the same regardless of which option you choose, so let’s go with Choose a domain later

On the next screen, you can select your payment method, set an email for your account, and pick any add-ons you want to enable from the get-go.

Choosing a payment method for your hosting plan.

For now, the only add-on we care about is DreamShield Protection.

Configuring which add-ons to enable for your hosting plan.

Keep in mind that this add-on will cost you an extra $3 per month. That’s pretty cheap for weekly scans, reports, and help cleaning up your website in a worst-case scenario, however!

Once you enable DreamShield, you can proceed with the rest of the checkout process. That’s it!

Enable DreamShield Malware Remover for Existing DreamHost Users

If you’re already a DreamHost user, you can enable DreamShield on any of your existing domains from within your hosting panel.

First, log in to your panel and access the Domains > Manage Domains tab. Inside, you’ll find a list of all your hosted domains.

A list of your DreamHost hosted domains.

If you look closely under the Security tab, you’ll notice that some of your domains include an option that says Add Malware Remover

Clicking on that setting will send you to another page, where you can read more about DreamShield and activate it for that specific domain.

Enabling DreamShield for an existing DreamHost domain.

If you don’t see the option to enable DreamShield under some of your domains, it’s because you’re using a DreamHost subdomain. To set up DreamShield, you’ll need to assign a regular domain name to that website.

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Stay Safe Out There

These days, search engines will go as far as to warn you if you’re about to visit an “infected” website. That means you need to be proactive about keeping your own site clean unless you want to scare visitors away.

If you’re DreamHost user, you can enable the DreamShield Malware Remover add-on at any time for your website. Once it’s on, it will scan your site weekly, and send you reports with results and instructions on what to do if it finds anything fishy.

If you’re not a DreamHost user yet, check out our shared hosting plans, which enable you to get a website up and running in a matter of hours!

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If you have questions or just could use some help figuring some thing out, get in touch. Our team of web experts has been in the business for over 20 years and knows how to help you figure out the right next steps.