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[GlowHost] Spam-O-Matic - Spam Firewall stops forum spam
Mod Version: 2.1.2, by (Coder) is offline
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vB Version: 4.x.x Rating: (557 votes - 4.79 average) Installs: 4739
Released: 05 Aug 2010 Last Update: 28 May 2013 Downloads: 23893
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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
German - Courtesy of [email protected] (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 (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

Get your StopForumSpam API Key Here

You can obtain an Akismet API key from
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
  • 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!
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, where it already is


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 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!


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.


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

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Old 26 Nov 2011, 07:20
Amadeusmq Amadeusmq is offline
Join Date: Feb 2008
Originally Posted by View Post
If its in the log, it's already in the database so no need to submit it 2x.
I'm sorry Glow, but this confused me a bit. Are you saying that what is in the database is automatically submitted to at some point? Or, are you saying it was already in the database at

I think my second guess is probably right, and that makes sense. I was thinking that the addon did some sort of checking internally to determine that the email address was 'bad', but now that I think about it, it's probably coming from the database.

So yea, I guess I answered my own question
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Old 26 Nov 2011, 11:03
Sami Sami is offline
Join Date: May 2009
After the upgrade to 4.1.8, we also got the blank page problem that blocks posts. How to fix the issue and how to avoid it in the future?
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Old 26 Nov 2011, 14:19
liltiger liltiger is offline
Join Date: May 2011
This is a great product but it is having a conflict with bbcode for mp3s

anyone have any idea how to fix?
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Old 26 Nov 2011, 14:29
SMJ SMJ is offline
Join Date: Jun 2011
Just to followup on liltiger's post:

We installed the mp3 bb code and after submitting a post get this error message:

Warning: require_once(includes/functions_ghsom.php) [function.require-once]: failed to open stream: No such file or directory in [path]/includes/class_dm_threadpost.php(758) : eval()'d code on line 17

Fatal error: require_once() [function.require]: Failed opening required 'includes/functions_ghsom.php' (include_path='.:/usr/lib/php:/usr/local/lib/php') in /home/skiervil/public_html/testvb/includes/class_dm_threadpost.php(758) : eval()'d code on line 17

By disabling Spam-O-Matic - we could add an mp3 file. re-enabling it and get the same error message. One that was added with it disabled is still there.
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Old 26 Nov 2011, 14:32
SMJ SMJ is offline
Join Date: Jun 2011
Actually - it makes posting anything impossible.
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Old 26 Nov 2011, 15:11
SMJ SMJ is offline
Join Date: Jun 2011
sorry for all the posts, testing like mad here.
all these problems happened on a test version of the site we built.

Not having any problems on the real site, and the mp3 bbcode player is working.

Perhaps we just need to re-install spam-o-matic in the test site. Right now it's a consistent problem that if it's enabled we get the above error message on any post attempt.
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Old 26 Nov 2011, 15:23
SMJ SMJ is offline
Join Date: Jun 2011
Problem solved FYI. Somehow functions_ghsom.php got deleted during some install we were doing, don't know how.

Once I copied it back into the includes folder the test site works again.
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Old 26 Nov 2011, 20:02's Avatar is offline
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Originally Posted by haincha View Post

Is there a way to set it up to automatically delete zero post members that are still in the Newbie group after say 48 hours?
Good idea, its been added to the todo list.

Originally Posted by The Rocketeer View Post
Hey GlowHost, When will you be providing us with the update that you promised so many months ago? I think its about time we saw a beckon of hope as more and more people started having problems and complainig about some mission features and other improvements
I can't say when it will be. If we had people willing to pay for code then it would be done faster but its currently being developed only when we have free time to spare.

Originally Posted by robert garrett View Post
I would like a option to not display the spammer statistics unless logged on as a admin.
Ok, this was added to the list as well.
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Old 27 Nov 2011, 03:57
Poker Face Poker Face is offline
Join Date: Sep 2010
If after installing this mod, would it be necessary to install either of these other two?

vB Bad Behavior (vB4) 1.0.5

Ban Spiders by User Agent 3.0.3
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Old 27 Nov 2011, 04:25
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ForceHSS ForceHSS is offline
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Originally Posted by Poker Face View Post
If after installing this mod, would it be necessary to install either of these other two?

vB Bad Behavior (vB4) 1.0.5

Ban Spiders by User Agent 3.0.3
I would and have
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Old 27 Nov 2011, 13:32
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Alfa1 Alfa1 is offline
Join Date: Dec 2005
Originally Posted by Poker Face View Post
If after installing this mod, would it be necessary to install either of these other two?

vB Bad Behavior (vB4) 1.0.5

Ban Spiders by User Agent 3.0.3
Certainly. I use vb BB.
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Old 27 Nov 2011, 13:50
Poker Face Poker Face is offline
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Originally Posted by ForceHSS View Post
I would and have
Originally Posted by Alfa1 View Post
Certainly. I use vb BB.
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Old 29 Nov 2011, 01:18
shri shri is offline
Join Date: Nov 2001
Originally Posted by fly View Post
I'm getting Visitor message spam now. Can I request that be added to the next version?
This, plus getting it to work with Social Groups would be great for version 2.5.
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Old 29 Nov 2011, 01:23
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HMBeaty HMBeaty is offline
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Real name: Brooks
Originally Posted by robert garrett View Post
I would like a option to not display the spammer statistics unless logged on as a admin.

other than that this is working great.

Open the plugin forumhome_complete in the GlowHost - Spam-O-Matic modification and at the very top, add:

Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

At the very bottom, add:

Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

This will make the stats viewable only to Administrators
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Old 29 Nov 2011, 22:28
ForumUserStarte ForumUserStarte is offline
Join Date: May 2011
The first time I tried, I got this "Importing Product, Please Wait..." and waiting for hours without completion

the second time I tried it, I got this error

Database error in vBulletin 4.1.3:

Invalid SQL:
CREATE TABLE IF NOT EXISTS `vb_glowhostspamomatic_log`(
`email` VARCHAR(255) NOT NULL,
`username` VARCHAR(255) NOT NULL,
`message` VARCHAR(255) NOT NULL,
`is_blocked` TINYINT NOT NULL DEFAULT "0",
`user_hash` VARCHAR(50) NOT NULL,
`user_id` INT NOT NULL

MySQL Error : You have an error in your SQL syntax; check the manual that corresponds to your MySQL server version for the right syntax to use near 'TYPE=MyISAM' at line 10
Error Number : 1064
Request Date : Wednesday, November 30th 2011 @ 12:21:08 AM
Error Date : Wednesday, November 30th 2011 @ 12:21:08 AM
Script :
Referrer :
IP Address :
Username : admin
Classname : vB_Database
MySQL Version : 5.5.8
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