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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: (547 votes - 4.79 average) Installs: 4688
Released: 05 Aug 2010 Last Update: 28 May 2013 Downloads: 23451
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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 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 (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 31 Dec 2010, 16:32
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RaidenDAWG2 RaidenDAWG2 is offline
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Originally Posted by View Post
Not real sure I am following you. Do you mean you are trying to call functions of SOM from outside of your forum install? For example trying to prevent registrations on other parts of your site outside of the forum, such as an order form for example?
Not exactly.

What had happened is I have a script located in a different directory that uses the datamanager to create forum posts. When this happens, the hook user_presave is called, and your plugin executes, which leads to it trying to require the plugin file in another directory.
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I see. Well, this mod wasn't really written with anything outside of vB.

It was written to work with a stock version of vBulletin. I can't really try to support code for the way everyone might have their individual sites set up, especially for things running outside of vBulletin. You should be able to modify the source code on your own to get it to work with whatever you have setup outside of vB. I suppose if this becomes a big issue for other people I can consider trying to support setups as yours, but that wont be until version 2 is released.
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Old 01 Jan 2011, 07:08
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Boofo Boofo is offline
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It looks like there are some leftover phrases for settings that are no longer used. Also, I don't see anything under Users -> Search for users in the admincp like the pic shows. Has that been removed?
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Old 03 Jan 2011, 18:43
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Alibass Alibass is offline
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Seems lately the auto submit is not working anymore for my site. I end up having to submit spammer manually. Anyone else having this issue?
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Old 03 Jan 2011, 19:03
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KW802 KW802 is offline
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Real name: Kevin
Curious issue.... it seems that all my of RSS Feed Manager new posts are getting created but as being moderated. Thoughts before I start digging through it?
Sci-Fi Forum / The Walking Dead & Horror Forum / CinVin

(Sorry, but I am no longer developing for vB; please do not PM. So long, and thanks for all the fish.)
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Old 04 Jan 2011, 20:44
erosolmi erosolmi is offline
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Thanks for this mod.
Today my forum had many spammer registrations. As soon as I installed this mod I got immediate positive results.

Installed under vBulletin 4.1.0 Patch Level 2
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Old 04 Jan 2011, 23:23
CudaFly CudaFly is offline
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Thumbs up The best plugin

Just like to say a huge thanks and to reccomend to anyone who reads. This plugin so far has stopped spammers 100% and has made life with my forum so much easier - keep up the good work


CudaFly (Steve)
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Old 05 Jan 2011, 02:24
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mmacrypt mmacrypt is offline
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thank you for this product, been getting killed that last 2 days, I see this putting an end to it.
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Old 06 Jan 2011, 02:57
onehost onehost is offline
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I installed v1.2.8 but in cp it still shows as v1.2.7 I have even removed
the xml and imported again....
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Old 06 Jan 2011, 03:05's Avatar is offline
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Yes, as its been mentioned several times before, the version number on the XML file was not edited when we made the last release.

You can edit the version number on your own in the XML file if it bothers you, or in the product manager but we didn't want to upload a new zip file because it would email notify everyone subscribed to this thread or who has marked it as installed that anew version was available, because the only thing different would be us writing 1.2.8 in the version information. Kind of a waste of everyone's time.

You can see there are filesize differences in the 1.2.7 zip and the 1.2.8 zip which is a clue that you are actually running a different version than 1.2.7
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Old 06 Jan 2011, 23:11
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wow, I installed this just about 2 days ago and it's logged 324 entries so far. I had no clue that much crap was trying to log on to my site. That's over 150 a day, while my previous spam counter measures stopped all except about 10 a day, those 10 were really starting to cause issues. So again, thanks for this very cool mod.

But I do have 1 question, I haven't looked into it real hard yet but every since I installed this mod and one other spam mod that creates a question during registration. My own bot which posts a few GSS feeds to my site now needs to be moderated to be approved and it wasn't like that before. Again, I haven't looked into it real hard yet but if somebody has a simple answer, I would appreciate it.
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Old 07 Jan 2011, 07:27
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The Rocketeer The Rocketeer is offline
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WOW, in the last 4 minutes it blocked 8 Spammer Bots etc.... This thing works Magics!
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Old 07 Jan 2011, 12:02
Delphiprogrammi Delphiprogrammi is offline
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Real name: Erik

I found a small innocent bug this code in /admincp/glowhostspamomatic.php

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

should be

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

$stylevar['right'] is deprecated in vb 4
great hack already stopped six spammers
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Old 07 Jan 2011, 15:32
BillHeaton BillHeaton is offline
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Thumbs up

After about three hours I'm very pleased. Here's my first impressions:
  1. I require user names; For me a lot of the robots don't submit one. If SOM knew this it would be less trips to SFS.
  2. Log entries should use phases; In my case I'd be reducing the verbiage greatly (i.e. "No Username Submitted" would become "None" and "Spammer Found and rejected." would become "rejected")
  3. I would love the option to have a logfile. That'd give the ability to use Fail2Ban to close the firewall to the robot for a time if they're persistent.

Thanks for the good work!

Last edited by BillHeaton; 07 Jan 2011 at 15:51.
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Old 07 Jan 2011, 21:21
cdr740 cdr740 is offline
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Thank you for this

I was going out of my mind continually banning IP's but this has quickly solved all my problems.
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