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[GlowHost] Spam-O-Matic - Spam Firewall stops forum spam
Mod Version: 2.1.2, by GlowHost.com (Coder) GlowHost.com is offline
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vB Version: 4.x.x Rating: (517 votes - 4.80 average) Installs: 4442
Released: 05 Aug 2010 Last Update: 28 May 2013 Downloads: 20982
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If you install this mod, please mark this as "Installed."

VERSION 2.1.2 RELEASED 5/28/2013!


About Spam-O-Matic 2.x:
Spam-O-Matic 2.x (SOM) is a spam firewall for your vBulletin Forums version 4.x and later. It prevents known spammers from registering on your forums. If they can't register, they can't spam!

Languages Packs Available
English
German - Courtesy of Alex@bulletin (included in zip)
Romanian - Courtesy of Teascu Dorin's (included in zip)
Spanish - Courtesy of vbluis (included in zip)

How it Works
This data responsible for blocking user registrations comes from the stopforumspam.com (SFS) spammer database. After the user who is trying to register passes the built-in vBulletin registration checks which you have configured in your vBulletin settings, SOM then checks the SFS database to see if the IP, username, or email address that the user is trying to register with has been recently tagged as a known spam source on other forums around the Internet. Also can be configured to check the Akismet service for known comment spam.

This is without a doubt, one of the most important mods that you will be using on your forum.

Other Notable Stuff
It also does a ton of other cool stuff like moderating posts automatically if the post is found in the Akismet database, or if it contains words on your "Bad Words" keyword list which can be configured within the mod itself.

The mod WORKS with vBulletin's new Facebook integration.
This module works with all of the Facebook functions that are built into the vB4 series.
Similar mods do not handle Facebook integration completely.

This module has the ability to submit new spammer details to the StopForumSpam or Akismet databases automatically, all without any new templates or manual template modifications!

This means other forums that are running Spam-O-Matic will not have the same spammer on their forums if you have (automatically) reported the spammer to the SFS database.

Just install the product in the product manager, upload a few files, configure the system and you are done. (Estimated time: 5-10 minutes)

What's new in 2.1.0:
  • Fixed a problem with MySQL engine selection to make mod more compatible with different types of servers.
  • When SOM "Newbies Group" is activated + vB's native option to "Verify Email address in Registration" is activated at the same time, "Users Awaiting Email Confirmation" must click the verification link to become a newbie.
  • Added remove user, post, ban to user profile options in admincp under "Quick User Links"
  • Added German Language Pack
  • Optimized default settings to work with the needs of most forums
  • Added a new coupon for GlowHost (available after you submit a spammer)
  • Several other performance tuning options

Feature List:
  • Optional Public Statistics. Show off to the world how many bad guys you have automatically prevented from posting junk on your forum.
  • Auto-Moderation moderates posts that have links, bad words, and other configurable settings.
  • Auto-Moderation ignores your RSS posts.
  • Registration / Denial Logs available from Admincp > Statistics and Logs
  • Optional "Newbies" Manager! After registration, newly registered users can be placed in a "Newbies" group which has more limited permissions as compared to your regular "Registered Users" group. Newbies will graduate to your Registered Users group based on your required post count settings.
  • Auto-Submit Spammers from the moderation tools menu on each postbit.
  • Remove Posts, threads, PMs, Calendar Events from your spammer in one easy wizard. No double logins needed.
  • Shows other users who signed up with the same IP. (Sleeping Spammers)
  • Optional Affiliate System
  • ~50 customizable settings to fine-tune Spam-O-Matic to your exact needs.


A) StopForumSpam:
The StopForumSpam Module lets you:
  • Check a registrant's IP address.
  • Check a registrant's email address.
  • Check a registrants Username.
  • Disable or enable any of the above checks.
  • Block and log, or, allow and log known spammers.
  • All registration attempts are logged for your viewing pleasure.
  • Several other performance tuning options
If a user (or bot) tries to register on your forum and they pass the built-in vBulletin registration system. (Human verification, email verification, etc), their registration details are then passed to the Spam-O-Matic firewall for further checking.

NOTE: You should use some sort of human verification checking in vBulletin's built-in options to limit the number of requests to the already heavily-loaded StopForumSpam database servers. This will also prevent additional load because SOM will not have to do anything if the bot/spammer fails preliminary registration validation which is built-into vBulletin itself.

It is completely invisible to humans who are registering that this process is taking place. Bots are stopped dead in their tracks.

If a spammer is able to sneak past the first line of defense, and manages to post, then there are secondary, tertiary, and, uh...4th level protections too!

B) Auto-Moderation:
Auto Moderation lets you:
  • Define how many URLs a new member can post before being sent to moderation.
  • Define keywords that will send a post to Auto-moderation (viagra, porn, more here)
  • Define minimum post count to avoid Auto-moderation.
  • Excludes admin and moderators from Auto-moderation.
  • Completely disable Auto-moderation if you don't want it.
C) Akismet Service
Spammers that make it past the StopForumSpam and Auto-Moderation will be checked against the Akismet service. If they manage to make a post, and then are found on Akismet, they can be auto-moderated.

The Akismet settings let you:
  • Set the number of posts that Akismet will check from each user. After this number is exceeded, Akismet checking will be disabled for that user.
  • Auto-Submit spammers that post on your boards back to the Akismet service so that other forums and blogs do not do not receive the same spam.
  • Completely disable the Akismet service.
D) Newbies Manager
Should you decide to enable this option, you can create a new usergroup and then tell Spam-O-Matic about it. Once SOM knows about this usergroup, and once enabled, all new users will be part of the Newbies group. The idea here is that you make a Newbies group that has limited forum permissions. For example, no signatures, no BB code, no images, and etc. This group is created completely in the vB admincp. Spam-O-Matic simply makes it the graduation process to the normal Registered Users group, automatic.
Learn More and Discuss the Newbies Manager here.

Punitive Actions:
If you find a spammer has made it past your 4 front-lines of defense, and has managed to post on your forum, then you can help the community...

The spammer's details can be sent to the Stop Forum Spam and Akismet databases automatically, preventing them from registering or posting on other forums. When other forums do the same, the protection is reciprocated.

Simply moderate a post and choose the option to "Delete Posts As Spam..." an then choose the option to "Ban User." Banning the user sends their details to either Akismet, StopForumSpam, (or both) depending on how you set it up.

API Keys:
API Keys are not required for this system to stop spammers on your forums. But you should obtain them so that your forum can contribute to the real-time block lists.

A StopForumSpam API key is required if you want to contribute to the StopForumSpam blacklists by adding your spammers to their database. By submitting spammers you help keep other forums and blogs clean.

An Akismet API key is required if you want to enable any Akismet auto-moderation features in this module. Akismet API key is not required for all Auto-Moderation functions.

You can obtain a Stop Forum Spam API key which is free from stopforumspam.com.

Get your StopForumSpam API Key Here

You can obtain an Akismet API key from Akismet.com.
Akismet offers free and paid API keys so choose your version based on your situation.

Get your Akismet API Key Here

Why it is better than the other anti-spam solutions on vBulletin.org:
  • Works with all of vBulletin 4 functions including Facebook automatic registration.
  • Report spammers that you find to the Stop Forum Spam Database.
  • Report spammers that you find to the Akismet Database.
  • Built-in Auto-moderation.
  • Auto-moderation rules based on post count.
  • Auto-moderation rules based keywords.
  • Auto-moderation rules based Akismet results.
  • Enable or disable any actions that you do not want.
  • Customizable "Registration Rejected" message.
  • Consolidates 4 popular methods of spam prevention into one product.
  • No Manual Template Modifications!
  • Lots of community support!
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Compatibility:
vBulletin 4.0.x

Server Requirements:
Curl or allow_url_fopen must be compiled/enabled into PHP. Ask your web host to enable curl or allow_url_fopen if it is not already available on your server's PHP configuration. (Or just host with GlowHost.com, where it already is

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Donations:

If you like this mod, sure, you can donate!

Donations can be all sorts of things:
1) The "Give Thanks" option in your settings is an optional link back to GlowHost Web Hosting.
2) Tell your friends and others about this mod.
3) If you are in need of web hosting, please consider ordering it from the hosting and development professionals at GlowHost.com who were able to develop this mod to you.
4) Help others who are having trouble with this mod by posting tips and suggestions in this forum thread.
5) Cash! Use the "Support Developer" option on the top right of this page.

When you choose to donate, you are contributing to the product development, bug fixes and new releases for SOM and are helping to feed our hungry developers and their families! In other words, your donations helps to cover the time and money spent to develop this system.

The entire team at GlowHost thanks you for your help and support!

We hope you enjoy the mod!

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Installation:

1) Download the attached file
2) Mark As Installed
3) SOM 2.x does not support updates from the v1.x series.
When upgrading to version 2.x, please, be sure to remove any other existing version of SOM 1.x from the product manager before installing v2.x series. Also make sure to remove /forum/includes/xml/bitfield_glowhostspamomatic.xml from version 1 if you had it installed.

4) Extract the zip file, and view the readme file for the rest of the instructions.

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Original concept credits go to the authors of vBStopForumSpam, MonkeyStop.

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  #751  
Old 12 Mar 2011, 21:11
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Originally Posted by Quarantine View Post
Where can I download the original mod from?
You might try uninstalling then re-installing the latest version to see if it cures the problem for you. If not, I might have a copy of an older version if you lost the one you originally downloaded.
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Old 14 Mar 2011, 15:12
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Originally Posted by GlowHost.com View Post
You might try uninstalling then re-installing the latest version to see if it cures the problem for you. If not, I might have a copy of an older version if you lost the one you originally downloaded.
I actually can't install the latest version at all - when I try to install it, that "database error" comes up and stops the installation from proceeding.

Unfortunately I don't have the older version anymore with me, if you still have it, could you link me to it please?

Thanks again!
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Old 14 Mar 2011, 15:44
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What version did you have installed before?
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  #754  
Old 15 Mar 2011, 17:18
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Originally Posted by Quarantine View Post
Hi there,

I've previously used your 1.2.x version but stopped it for a while, and now I found out that you've released a 2.x version.

I made sure to remove that /forum/includes/xml/bitfield_glowhostspamomatic.xml file, and then tried to install it by importing product-glowhostspamomatic.xml into "Products".

I immediately see a database error message:



I noticed there's an extra semi-colon at TYPE=MyISAM, but when I checked the product-glowhostspamomatic.xml out, there's only one semi-colon, not two as this error shows.

Any ideas what could be the problem? =/


na i had the same issue with same info, but with photopost. attached is the modified file you should be ok

I changed the TYPE=MyISAM to ENGINE=MyISAM and removed ";" this happens on windows server mysql 5.5.8
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  #755  
Old 17 Mar 2011, 12:58
giskard giskard is offline
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
I have had it installed on my site now for 3 days and this is the result.

Spam-O-Matic StatisticsSpam-O-Matic Statistics

388 Spammers Denied Registration

Before switching to Vbulletin a few days ago we had to remove those spammers manually, now its automatic. The IP/email check on its own has so far caught every spammer. Theres no need for any of the other features to be turned on.

Excellent job.

I am using the Stop Forum Spam option btw. We used it before and its always worked well.
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Old 17 Mar 2011, 17:26
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Originally Posted by puertoblack2003 View Post
na i had the same issue with same info, but with photopost. attached is the modified file you should be ok

I changed the TYPE=MyISAM to ENGINE=MyISAM and removed ";" this happens on windows server mysql 5.5.8
Thank you so much! That indeed worked and solved my problem! I could indeed install the plugin after using the modified file.
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Old 18 Mar 2011, 11:25
giskard giskard is offline
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Since I posted yesterday giving the spammers stopped 1 day ago. I am going to post todays spammers stopped so you can see how serious the problem is and how good this program has been.

I must say I am very impressed.

Spam-O-Matic Statistics

539 Spammers Denied Registration
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  #758  
Old 21 Mar 2011, 19:22
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Using v2.02 and Vbulletin 4.1.2 I've just noticed if I try and search in Google for the IP address I get the following message:


Google SafeSearch is ON StopForumSpam Search Web Search



Your search - 86.136.144.121 - did not match any documents.

Suggestions:
Make sure all words are spelled correctly.
Try different keywords.
Try more general keywords.

Is this something to do with this mod or is it something else entirely

Thanks
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  #759  
Old 21 Mar 2011, 23:57
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I have a quick question. At what point does this mod check if its a spammer. The second they click register? Can you make the check point to be after the vb email verification? The reason I'm wondering is because we do like to know that its a valid email address that is on theusers file for various reasons
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Old 22 Mar 2011, 03:06
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Originally Posted by putttee View Post
I have a quick question. At what point does this mod check if its a spammer. The second they click register? Can you make the check point to be after the vb email verification? The reason I'm wondering is because we do like to know that its a valid email address that is on theusers file for various reasons
It is checked after they pass the vBulletin registration and human verification (if enabled) which many bots will fail with so there is no need to check those.

I don't understand what you mean by having a valid email address. If you use email validation then you users must have a valid address otherwise they won't be able to become a registered user.
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Old 25 Mar 2011, 17:25
Jay A Kelley Jay A Kelley is offline
 
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Help!

I was so excited to use this.. But!

I have v 4.1.1 and I just downloaded Spam O matic. When I installed it (Which seemed to go just fine) and thing TRASHED my sytem. I can no longer access the forum at all!

I quickly uninstalled the plugin but the problem remained. It looks like it changed something in my directory.

Vbulliten used to start in /forum/forum.php
but now it goes to:
/forum/bulletin-login/forum.php

and there IS NO /bulletin-login

I want to say up front I am new and most likely did something wrong, but any help would be wonderful!!

Jay
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Old 25 Mar 2011, 18:28
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I don't think it would be fair to say that this mod trashed your system. It's not possible.

It sounds to me like your forum was trashed in some other way when you were manipulating the files of your forum. I can't really tell you how to fix your board as I am not sure what was done to break it. You should contact vBulletin for support to repair the forum or re-install the PHP files for the forum if that is an option for you. If uploading the PHP files doesn't fix the problem, something in your database settings needs to be updated.
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Old 25 Mar 2011, 18:38
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I get the same error as the guy above me.

Contents of upload folder were uploaded to root and the XML file I downloaded was installed, but as soon as the plug in is enabled anyone who posts gets the following error:

Warning: require_once(includes/functions_ghsom.php) [function.require-once]: failed to open stream: No such file or directory in [path]/includes/functions_newpost.php(443) : eval()'d code on line 5

Fatal error: require_once() [function.require]: Failed opening required 'includes/functions_ghsom.php' (include_path='.:/usr/lib/php:/usr/local/lib/php') in/home/blueshir/public_html/includes/functions_newpost.php(443) : eval()'d code on line 5'
Edit: Scratch that — figured it out. Just needed to add the downloaded content to the existing folders in Public_HTML, not in root.

Last edited by It's Damn Real! : 25 Mar 2011 at 18:55.
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Old 25 Mar 2011, 18:44
Jay A Kelley Jay A Kelley is offline
 
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Originally Posted by GlowHost.com View Post
I don't think it would be fair to say that this mod trashed your system. It's not possible.

It sounds to me like your forum was trashed in some other way when you were manipulating the files of your forum. I can't really tell you how to fix your board as I am not sure what was done to break it. You should contact vBulletin for support to repair the forum or re-install the PHP files for the forum if that is an option for you. If uploading the PHP files doesn't fix the problem, something in your database settings needs to be updated.
Please note I also stated I am new, and most likely did something wrong.
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Old 25 Mar 2011, 18:59
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Any plans on porting this over, for those of us who have upgraded to XenForo?
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