Site is penalized for content that is not there.

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if you search my site using "site:" a bunch of pages show on the 3rd page and up that are not on my site. How can i fix this issue?
IMH Support Agent 5
Hello, Thank you for your question about false results in your page search. This is likely the result of a hack. How this exploit was perpetrated can only be guessed at, but it's possible that the site map was the target. I recommend upgrading WordPress to the newest version, and making sure that updates are installed immediately as soon as they become available. Cleaning up this hack may require creating a fresh sitemap. Then, you can submit a reconsideration request to Google. Once Google has made their consideration and re-crawled the site, those results will go away. Best, Christopher M.