How to fix “hacked by Hmei7” on Joomla web site

I received a call from a past client yesterday. Apparently their web site had been hacked and the simple text "hacked by Hmei7" replaced their home page. This was a shock to them, but it was even more of a shock to their customers. Luckily, for my client, and myself, this is an easy fix. Let's get down to business to get your site back up. More thoughts after the fix.

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WordPress: Using Permalinks, .htaccess file missing

In order to use Permalinks for WordPress, a .htaccess file is needed in order to work. The installation files for WordPress do not include a .htaccess file for using Permalinks. Not sure why it’s not, but in any case, this is the contents of the file:

# BEGIN WordPress
<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteRule ^index\.php$ – [L]
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteRule . /index.php [L]
</IfModule>
# END WordPress

The location of the .htaccess file is the root folder of the web site (along with index.php, wp-activate.php, wp-app.php, wp-atom.php, etc).

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