Here at Peters Web we strongly recommend that you carry out a virus scan regularly when hosting your own website. As part of our service we conduct a scan of our own systems on a nightly basis to do our best to ensure that no threats get passed onto our clients. As with all online threats although we do our best to prevent any threats reaching our clients there's always a chance that problems can be transmitted from other online sources. Fortunately carrying out a virus scan is very easy and can be carried out via cPanel, simply follow the steps below: -
- Login to cPanel
- Select 'Virus Scanner' from the advanced menu
- Select the scan that you wish to run
As this is a relatively quick process its worth carrying out the scan as often as possible to be on the safe side. As a quick note its worth pointing out that a virus scan can sometimes produce a false result e.g. a spam email may flag up and you may be instructed to delete your mailbox due to this perceived 'threat'. Of course a spam email isn't usually a security threat and the action that should be taken in this case would be to delete any spam emails rather than the inbox itself (see our article 'Enabling Apache SpamAssassin'). There is way to monitor any caught spam deliveries that are made to your inbox, see our article 'How to monitor email deliveries/caught spam deliveries'. Please feel free to contact us for advice anytime should you run a scan and are unsure of how to proceed. You can contact us via a support ticket (open a ticket) with our hosting department. We will get back to you as soon as possible.