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I had an occasion recently where our website was compromised - a link farm was added to a couple of the pages on one occasion, and on another occasion, a large and nasty aspx file was put on the server. I won't mention the host's name (Hostway), but I was pretty annoyed that someone was able to do this. No, it wasn't a leaky password - around 10 sites hosted by HW with consecutive IP addresses got trashed.

Anyway. What I need is a utility or service (preferably free) that takes a snapshot of my websites contents, and then regularly monitors the files (size and datestamp) for unauthorized changes or additions, and alerts me. I've used web services that monitor one file for changes, but I'm looking for something a bit more aggressive.

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interesting question - do you have any clue HOW your server was compromised?? –  Darkcat Studios Sep 25 '12 at 11:06
Same thing happened to me on GoDaddy several times. I don't use hosting services anymore. Too many clients on one machine means there's many users who are already through the first level of security (ie. logged in to your server). All strangers and you don't know who they share passwords with. –  Octopus Sep 24 '13 at 5:23

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We've been using this, Monitor Hacked Files, which is a PHP script that you install on the server. It notifies you if there are any changes to your site -- sending an email with a list of changed files. This at least tells you where to look. Definitely better than Google or clients finding out before you do!

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It would do the trick...but. I'm hosted on a Windows server, not Unix. I guess one could write something in ASP though. –  rossmcm Feb 23 '11 at 9:35

You could set up a Google Alert to search your site for probable junk. For example, you might have the alert search for "viagra site:example.com". Google alerts will email you if it ever finds the target of your search.

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Thanks, I had already done this when we were link-farmed, but it didn't pick up the occasion when we got infected with the aspx. –  rossmcm Feb 23 '11 at 9:29

Two tools that run on windows might work for you md5deep and AFICK - another file integrity checker. The allow the auditing and also become aware of new files.

AFAICK there is now web interface for them but you might want to send you the report via E-Mail right from the moment the tools flag a warning anyway.

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