Gootloader infection cleaned up

Dear blog owner and visitors,

This blog had been infected to serve up Gootloader malware to Google search victims, via a common tactic known as SEO (Search Engine Optimization) poisioning. Your blog was serving up 291 malicious pages. Your blogged served up malware to 0 visitors.

I tried my best to clean up the infection, but I would do the following:

  • Upgrade WordPress to the latest version (one way the attackers might have gained access to your server)
  • Upgrade all WordPress themes to the latest versions (another way the attackers might have gained access to your server)
  • Upgrade all WordPress plugins (another way the attackers might have gained access to your server), and remove any unnecessary plugins.
  • Verify all users are valid (in case the attackers left a backup account, to get back in)
  • Change all passwords (for WordPress accounts, FTP, SSH, database, etc.) and keys. This is probably how the attackers got in, as they are known to brute force weak passwords
  • Run antivirus scans on your server
  • Block these IPs ( and, either in your firewall, .htaccess file, or in your /etc/hosts file, as these are the attackers command and control servers, which send malicious commands for your blog to execute
  • Check cronjobs (both server and WordPress), aka scheduled tasks. This is a common method that an attacker will use to get back in. If you are not sure, what this is, Google it
  • Consider wiping the server completly, as you do not know how deep the infection is. If you decide not to, I recommend installing some security plugins for WordPress, to try and scan for any remaining malicious files. Integrity Checker, WordPress Core Integrity Checker, Sucuri Security,
    and Wordfence Security, all do some level of detection, but not 100% guaranteed
  • Go through the process for Google to recrawl your site, to remove the malcious links (to see what malicious pages there were, Go to Google and search agreement)
  • Check subdomains, to see if they were infected as well
  • Check file permissions

Gootloader (previously Gootkit) malware has been around since 2014, and is used to initally infect a system, and then sell that access off to other attackers, who then usually deploy additional malware, to include ransomware and banking trojans. By cleaning up your blog, it will make a dent in how they infect victims. PLEASE try to keep it up-to-date and secure, so this does not happen again.


Follow Artist and Save Music Module

Follow Artist and Save Music is a 2 in 1 module which allows users to save an album/single and follow the artist with only one click.
To include this module in your widget, click on the Add Item (Retail Link or Module) button and select it from the list.

Once the module is added to your widget, click on Settings (located immediately under the module title). This opens a dialog window where you enter the Artist Spotify URI and the Album Spotify URI. If your release is a single, you should also add the single URI in spotify:album:xxxx (DO NOT enter the track URI).

The save and follow button will look like this:


Soundcloud Player Setup

The Soundcloud Player module enables users to embed a Soundcloud track in their widget. Once you created the widget, the player module can be added and set up in few easy steps.

Step 1: Select the Soundcloud Player module from the list and add it to your widget.

Step 2: When the Soundcloud Player is added to your widget, click on the Settings button:

Step 3: A dialog will appear asking you to insert the Soundcloud Player Source URL. Please note that the Soundcloud Player Source URL is not the same as the Soundcloud Url for the album/track.


Metablocks Widgets – The New Retail Landing Pages

We recently released our Metablocks Widgets platform and wanted to give user with an update on some of the advanced new functionality we have recently added:


Link Shorteners for the Music Industry

Positioning: Smart links for music marketing
Markets: Music (Only)
Launched out of Copenhagen, Denmark in 2013, and changed focus to the music industry in 2014.
Features: Targeting, Interstitial, Affiliation, Translation, Mobile Deep Linking, and Editing.
Clients: Universal Music Group (UMG), Sony Music Entertainament (SME)- International, Warner Music Group (WMG)
Cost: Approx 10-12K based on news sources

Positioning: Globally redirect, track and manage all of your URLs
Markets: Music, Other
Launched in late 2011 by Gupta Media, based in Boston, MA.
Features: Targeting, Interstitial, Affiliation, Translation, Retargeting, and Editing.
Clients: Universal Music Group (UMG), Sony Music Entertainament, Warner Music Group (WMG)
Cost: Limited free version, enterprise approx $1,000 / month


Welcome to the Metablocks Widget Blog

What is a Music or Book Widget?

A music or book widget is simple, easy to build, microsite that allows music labels, artists, book publishers and even service providers to create attractive retail link and marketing landing pages used to promote music, books and other products or services. Our music and book widgets support all common retail links but also include advanced features and functionality such as sharing, social links and even application level services such as Spotify Pre-save campaigns, sweepstakes support, email capture, video and a broad range of embeddable players.