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We have a manual action (message type [WNC-634403]) against our site  (Combat Press) for user-generated spam. The spam content was added to Google via our internal search, and we're not sure how to get rid of it. When we try to remove the page from Google's index using the specific URL, it says it's not part of the property. Is there a way to blanket remove all "/?s=" URLs, or some other way to clear these? Since this started, we have added several security measures to the site and changed the internal search results to no-index, and I read that the new version of WordPress implements a no-index for internal search results as well, but how do we take care of the ones that are already out there? If you search for the following "site:combatpress.com xyz" on Google, it gives plenty of examples of what we're seeing. But if we go to the webmaster console and look for these pages, it can't find them. Any advice would be appreciated!
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Thanks! That's very helpful. Can you point me toward a how-to or a plugin to do that? When I try to search for how to do this, I get results for redirecting a 404 to a homepage, but not how to throw a 404 for existing pages.
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