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by Stephen Logan on 21st April 2010
Webmasters whose efforts to reach the top of the search engine results pages (SERPs) have been thwarted by the appearance of malware on their servers have been given tips on how to resolve the issue from Google.
Under the Diagnostics menu in Google Webmaster Tools, a malware diagnostics option provides information about the perceived threat, allowing webmasters to tackle this and clean their server.
Those who are unsure of what to do may find that their local SEO company is able to advise on ways to avoid having their site filtered out of the SERPs or, as Google has been doing since 2008, having a warning message displayed to site visitors.
Google’s latest update of the tool comes just over six months after its initial introduction – which Webmaster Tools tech lead Javier Tordable says was welcomed by site managers.
He writes on the Official Google Webmaster Central Blog: "Many of you were interested to know if Google had detected malicious software in your site and you used the tool’s information to find and remove that malware."