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Old 12 Dec 2006, 12:05
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How do i get rid of spam and advert bots registering?

I'm having a big problem over at my boards, i swear i have several spam and advert bots keep registering on my forums (using names like Adultlink, UScredit and stuff) most of the Emails are really weird and end in .ru or .de or stupid E-mails.

i've tried everything to block them from registering, from Admin validation to making new registrations unable to post, to banning the IP's and they STILL return! i've even shut off new registrations for a time being hoping that if it was a human they'd give up but to no avail.

i hate things like this as my forums have now become fort Knox in which is ridiculous as i have to spend a good 10 minuites or more ach day deleting fake and crappy accounts.

how are they getting through user image veryfication and how do i stop them altogther, i've even banned Emails and blocked usernames like Adult and Credit.

Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 12 Dec 2006, 12:38
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I use this: http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showt...highlight=spam

Over the past month my board was overrun with spam bots. That hack will catch all the spam - drop in the moderators queue for approval - and it never hits my board. At that point I can delete the accounts when I have the time.

As for the others.... no point in trying to block ips. I just block e-mail addresses like @mail.ru and others which obviously don't belong. My spam has dropped by at least 98%.
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Old 16 Dec 2006, 17:14
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I have installed an alternative to Captha images : http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showthread.php?t=124828

Works great!
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Old 16 Dec 2006, 18:45
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Originally Posted by tobybird View Post
I use this: http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showt...highlight=spam

Over the past month my board was overrun with spam bots. That hack will catch all the spam - drop in the moderators queue for approval - and it never hits my board. At that point I can delete the accounts when I have the time.
Originally Posted by schanulleke View Post
I have installed an alternative to Captha images : http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showthread.php?t=124828
Thank you both for pointing out these hacks. I installed them both right away.

Cheers! :bunny:
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