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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: (555 votes - 4.79 average) Installs: 4731
Released: 05 Aug 2010 Last Update: 28 May 2013 Downloads: 23789
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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 09 Apr 2012, 04:55
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Syxguns Syxguns is offline
Join Date: Jul 2011
Originally Posted by xtragic View Post
I've encountered a few members being moderated automatically because they posted a few links in one thread/post. Why is this? How do I stop it?

I'm running 4.1.10
Change the amount of links that may be posted in the AdminCP It's called Auto-Moderation URL count: Also you may move new members to regular members quicker in the settings if you like.
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Old 09 Apr 2012, 15:10
tony tony is offline
Join Date: Feb 2002
These are my settings. After looking them over a few times it appears to me everything is set right. I must be over looking something.

Thank you

Spam-O-Matic: Protect Groups - 5,6,7,10
Spam-O-Matic: Protect Users -
Akismet: Enable - Enable
Akismet: Post Count - 10
Akismet: API Key - set
Akismet: Auto-submit from Easy Cleanup - yes
StopForumSpam: IP Check - enable
StopForumSpam: Username Check- disable
StopForumSpam: Email Check- enable
StopForumSpam: Desired Action - log and block registration
StopForumSpam: Query Connection Errors- allow registration
StopForumSpam: Remote Expiry - 90
StopForumSpam: Data Fetching - Cache -30
StopForumSpam: API Key- set
StopForumSpam: Auto-submit from Easy Cleanup- yes
Newbies Manager: Put New User Into Newbies Group?- no
Newbies Manager: Newbies Group ID- 2
Newbies Manager: Auto-promote Users From Newbies To Trusted/Registered Users?- yes
Newbies Manager: Trusted/Registered Users Group ID - 10
Newbies Manager: Promotion From Post Count - 15
Auto-Moderation: Enable- enable
Auto-Moderation: Post Action- moderate post
Auto-Moderation: Apply Auto-Moderation To Newbies only?- no
Auto-Moderation: Minimum Post Count- 6
Auto-Moderation: URL Count - 0
Easy Cleanup: Enable- enable
Easy Cleanup: User Action- remove user
Easy Cleanup: Banned UserGroup ID- 8
The following six easy clean up setting are set to yes
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Old 09 Apr 2012, 19:13
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Syxguns Syxguns is offline
Join Date: Jul 2011
Originally Posted by tony View Post
These are my settings. After looking them over a few times it appears to me everything is set right. I must be over looking something.

Auto-Moderation: URL Count - 0
Change that setting to the allowed number of URL's they can post.
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Old 10 Apr 2012, 02:14
tony tony is offline
Join Date: Feb 2002
Originally Posted by Syxguns View Post
Change that setting to the allowed number of URL's they can post.
I changed this to one. I had this set to zero only because we didn't want any new users posting links.
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Old 10 Apr 2012, 02:24
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Syxguns Syxguns is offline
Join Date: Jul 2011
Originally Posted by tony View Post
I changed this to one. I had this set to zero only because we didn't want any new users posting links.
Try reducing this: Auto-Moderation: Minimum Post Count- 6 Maybe set it to a 2. Then after they make two post they can post links. That will at least give you the opportunity to see if they are posting good or bad information. If that is the case and the number of post to be moderated is 2, then they will be moved into the Registered Members area and be able to post links. If that is the case and what you want to do, then change the number of links back to 0.

Just remember that not bots, but people that are posting information will make a good post at least once. You have to watch out for signatures, so turn them off for newbies.
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Old 10 Apr 2012, 04:19
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MaXimus MaXimus is offline
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Originally Posted by Syxguns View Post
so turn them off for newbies.
How to turn them off for newbies below 20 posts?
MaxGeek Forum - #1 Site for PC supports and tweaking guides!
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Old 10 Apr 2012, 04:43
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Syxguns Syxguns is offline
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Originally Posted by berryracer View Post
How to turn them off for newbies below 20 posts?
SOM allows you to create a new user group for your newbies before they are part of the forum. Read about it here: Link to GlowHost

They tell you step by step how to create the new user group that the new members are placed in for SOM to moderate. After the moderation of SOM they are moved to the next usergroup where vB takes over.

I hope that gives you a little better understanding.
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Old 10 Apr 2012, 17:33
Liquid Shock Ga Liquid Shock Ga is offline
Join Date: Mar 2012
works great, already stopped several spammers from signing up.
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Old 11 Apr 2012, 00:10
xmachine xmachine is offline
Join Date: Apr 2009
Superb Addon

Stops my forum getting 50 spam bots a day (from China). Couldn't work without it!
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Old 11 Apr 2012, 06:13
robert garrett robert garrett is offline
Join Date: Mar 2010
I'm really liking this one

Last edited by robert garrett; 11 Apr 2012 at 07:27.
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Old 11 Apr 2012, 18:16
Glockie Glockie is offline
Join Date: Feb 2012
Been using this for a while now and I must say, it's very impressive. I'm getting regular emails and it works a peach.

I do however, have a problem; the Spam-O-Matic statistics no longer update, so I am concerned if anything is wrong.

Any ideas as to what I can do about this?
These are the stats that display on forum home page.

Thanks in advance.


Oh, I think I realise what's happened here, I also have 'Stop the Registration Bots' and I think the two are clashing.
I've since disabled it and will see how it goes!


Last edited by Glockie; 11 Apr 2012 at 18:34.
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Old 12 Apr 2012, 03:36
edie edie is offline
Join Date: Apr 2011
Hello. I was told to ask you guys "what to do" from Wayne Luke over at VB Tech support.
OK. New users are not showing up as "Users to be modified" any longer.

The same six "users that need to be modified" are always there.
The newest users show up in the "user" section, but don't show up in the Control panel to alert me. Wayne told me it was Glowhost issue. He could not find any other problems.

I have the latest mod, 2.0.2, and so that can't be it...
do you have any ideas?

Truly appreciate your help.
- Edith Williams
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Old 12 Apr 2012, 03:37
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ForceHSS ForceHSS is offline
Join Date: Apr 2008
post all settings
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Old 12 Apr 2012, 21:05
killslick1 killslick1 is offline
Join Date: Apr 2009
This breaks all posting for me when we installed this on newest (vBulletin 4.1.12) install
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Old 15 Apr 2012, 00:06
cool_recep cool_recep is offline
Join Date: Nov 2010
How about spam Blog Entries? Ican't moderate them with SoM.
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