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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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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 09 Nov 2012, 05:25
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ForceHSS ForceHSS is offline
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Originally Posted by M.C. View Post
Want to thank you for great addon first.

Have question about moderated posts/threads (may be been asked here). In statistic there is:

Spam-O-Matic Statistics

X Spammers Denied Registration

X Spammy Posts Automatically Moderated

But where they located that "moderated posts"? I don't see them....

May be you can add in options that put all moderated threads/posts into some special "Trash-bin" forum and we can put forumID for it?


P.S. sorry my english not well
either go to your settings in your own profile or look in the admincp/Moderation
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Old 09 Nov 2012, 10:39
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this mod is wonderful and has helped me a lot to control the spam

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Old 09 Nov 2012, 11:30
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Is it possible to control usergroup permissons? Who can ban or delete user?
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Old 09 Nov 2012, 21:53
vBBurger vBBurger is offline
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Because it was designed that way.
Why would you *reduce* the built in security of vBulletin when you could have simply detected when someone Activates before moving them to the Newbies group? Simple solution. But instead you're telling me someone intentionally coded SpamOMatic to cripple the Email Activation feature of vBulletin? Why would you do that? SpamOMatic is supposed to increase security. Not break it.

Do you think spam bots cant click activation links if they can fill out a form?
No. Most of them DONT click activation links. Do you know why? Because theyd have to create thousands of email accounts just to do that.

We tried using just SpamOMatic alone. It didn't work. You place new users into a Newbies group ... but how does that stop them from posting? We ended up with hundreds of Spam BOT "Moderated Posts" that had to manually be deleted. One of my Moderators quit that day because he was overhwhelmed with the failure of your plug in to stop Spam.

So I took matters into my own hands and re-enabled Email Activation. Guess what? It all stopped. But a handful are now posting freely because your tool BREAKS the Email Activation function in vBulletin. Apparently the "You must activate" page deters a large percent of them because they can't activate by email like you assume. The smarter ones try posting anyways, and do so just fine because your tool doesn't stop them.

Your choices are to either use the newbies group after registration or use the users awaiting validation group after registration.
There is absolutely no reason why this has to be an either-or situation. All you have to do is fix the problem, and SpamOMatic can be used in conjunction with Email Activation. Detect Email Activation before putting them into Newbies group. Simple. Basic code change. Is there someone a little more willing to listen that I can report this bug to?


Last edited by vBBurger; 09 Nov 2012 at 22:10.
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I guess if you don't like it, simply remove the program, problem solved.

You certainly won't get any help with an attitude like that.
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Old 09 Nov 2012, 22:17
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Attitude? I am just trying to help by reporting a bug. You copped the attitude in your response, as if I was clueless about spam botS, or forums in general. Really caught me off guard actually.

I'm not trying to damage anyone's Ego here. Just trying to avoid endless hours of deleting unnecessary spam. Which is why your tool exists. This *bug* has been confirmed on the main vBulletin forums by a couple guys now. So it would be nice if you'd acknowledge it too.

Why would you give me such a strange, arrogant response, and tell me to get over it, or uninstall it? Wow. Why not take it as a bug or feature request and improve the tool? Is your ego that huge? This isnt personal. Its a bug. It needs to be fixed. And doing so will help everyone.

Ill just pay my programmer $14 to fix your bug instead. Lose the ego.

Last edited by vBBurger; 09 Nov 2012 at 22:29.
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Old 09 Nov 2012, 23:09's Avatar is offline
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You are demanding special treatment. Have you ever heard of the word "please?"

Something like:

"Can you please make this mod do something that it doesn't do already?"

That would get you a lot more support than of an entire thread flaming this mod. If you understood how the mod worked, you wouldn't have this question in the first place.

Email activation puts people into the registered users group. That is the default setting of this mod when you install it.

If you do not like how vBulletin handles this, (since it is worthless, and yes, bots do click the links) you can optionally enable the Newbies system which will allow you to permission the group to your hearts content given all of the options that vBulletin allows for.

What is the point of having real people click a link to end up in the Newbies group?

Is it to make it more difficult for real people to post on your forums? Or in your mind, to prevent bots who don't click links from registering?

Actually, after reading your updated post, don't bother answering. I don't care. Go pay your $14 programmer to do whatever you want with it, he must be talented. All that anger and effort to try and save $14 bucks? Wow.
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Old 10 Nov 2012, 02:13
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And didn't you get essentially the same answer in your thread?
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Old 11 Nov 2012, 15:53
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I have installed it and it works but when I try to edit the settings I get this error:
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Old 11 Nov 2012, 18:58's Avatar is offline
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Check that you have set the correct permissions on the PHP files that you uploaded. Depending on your php environment they probably should be set to 644 or you can try 755 if 644 doesnt work. That or ask your hosting company to help read the messages in the Apache error logs...they will tell you exactly why Apache is forbidding you from accessing that page.
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Old 12 Nov 2012, 06:59
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Server appears to currently be down and denying registrations even with:

StopForumSpam: Query Connection Errors
What should happen if the remote connection times out when querying the new registration?
set to Allow Registration

4 registrations in last 15 minutes denied for:
pam-O-Matic Tagged email - [email protected] Unable to connect to This is probably due to some temporary problems on their website: Unable to check. User passed to vBulletin registration system per your settings at 'StopForumSpam:

Unfortunately the last time the servers went down it also would not pass registrations through, even though it was set to fall back on "Allow Registration".

Edit: Looks like it may a temporary downtime, I see last week at the same time it also appears to have been down. Routine maintenance? Hope not.

Last edited by bzcomputers; 12 Nov 2012 at 07:18. Reason: additional info
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Old 12 Nov 2012, 08:03
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Old 12 Nov 2012, 14:10
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Not necessary. Pedigree confirmed recently that at the moment both and go to the same place. The issue has nothing to do with the URL.

Depending on where you are, you may also be timing out at times. Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on the east coast of the US and power is still out in many places. When I do a tracert for my own site it slows down noticeably doing hops through New York State and Atlanta,
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Old 12 Nov 2012, 14:41
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I did have the updated "api" links already installed and was still getting no response from the server. This is coming from Texas.

What worries me is seeing nearly 4 hours of no submissions (presumably downtime) from 4:00AM to 8:00AM local time for two weeks in a row (can't see detailed history past that from their published graphs).

Image below is directly from their site statistics:

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Old 12 Nov 2012, 15:06
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Fatal Hazard Fatal Hazard is offline
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Originally Posted by View Post
Check that you have set the correct permissions on the PHP files that you uploaded. Depending on your php environment they probably should be set to 644 or you can try 755 if 644 doesnt work. That or ask your hosting company to help read the messages in the Apache error logs...they will tell you exactly why Apache is forbidding you from accessing that page.
Okay will do so, thanks for the help!!
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