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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: (554 votes - 4.79 average) Installs: 4724
Released: 05 Aug 2010 Last Update: 28 May 2013 Downloads: 23757
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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 25 Mar 2012, 23:40
shadowbreed shadowbreed is offline
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Originally Posted by ForceHSS View Post
So what mysql version did you have
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Old 26 Mar 2012, 01:37
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ForceHSS ForceHSS is offline
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Originally Posted by shadowbreed View Post
you should not have a problem with that version with this program
so this is what you had before so what do you have now
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Old 02 Apr 2012, 22:52
BryanLong BryanLong is offline
Join Date: Feb 2012
Question about Akismet:
Seems to be that Users which are found with too much URL-Count automatically gets posted to Akismet. Seems that I have to find a suitable URL-Count.

In this testing time: Will there be any possibility to report "false-positives", so that the User will not be blocked by Akismet again?

Best regards,
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Old 03 Apr 2012, 00:54
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Originally Posted by Syxguns View Post
Are you still having the same issue? I was and after a little research I found that if you are running MySQL 5.5 it does not recognize the “Type=MyIsam:” . It was valid for for older versions. Let me show you how I corrected the problem.

Edit: Looking back I see that your problem is not the same as mine was. This will not help you.

Edit: #2
For anyone that has a Database error that looks like the following example this is how I corrected it.

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

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

Each item marked in red needs to be removed from the XML file. Leave the rest of the statement including the semi-colons. It is located 3 times so be sure to remove the test in red. The line should look like this:

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

That may get it working for you. It worked for me when I made the change. Good Luck!

Works perfectly, thanks a lot
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Old 03 Apr 2012, 03:26
Dave234 Dave234 is offline
Join Date: Mar 2012
Can someone please help me to install this on my vbulletin 4 site?

I am stuck on steps 2.2 and 2.3

These are the instructions:

/************************** 2. INSTALLATION ****************************/

Make sure to remove the following file before installing version 2

2.2. Upload content of the upload folder into you forum root folder


2.3. Import product-glowhostspamomatic.xml into products (Located
AdminCP -> Plugin System -> Manage Products -> Add/Import Product)

/************************** 3. SETTINGS ********************************/

3.1. You can edit plug-in options at: AdminCP -> Settings -> Options ->

GlowHost - Spam-O-Matic

3.2. You can edit plug-in messages at: AdminCP -> Languages & Phrases ->

Phrase Manager -> Search Variable Name for 'glowhostspamomatic'

/************************** 4. ACTIONS *********************************/

A) Located @ Edit user profile
B) If you have you API keys (set in settings) -
you will be able
to submit user details to and Akismet databases simply
Delete a post as spam and ban the user to submit them if you have these
options enabled.

4.2. Get API key for Akismet
and enter it in settings. After this edit
your usergroups and you will
see the option to "Filter posts with Akismet".
Only check groups with
untrusted users (i.e. Unregistered / Not Logged In,
Registered Users).
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Old 03 Apr 2012, 03:47
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Syxguns Syxguns is offline
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You have already removed the previous XML file? The next step requires FTP access to your server. Just change the name of your upload folder to the name of your forums folder. Drop the upload folder after the name is changed into the primary folder that holds your forums folder.

Primary Directory - drop it here
Forum folder

Someone else should not be granted access to your server!
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Old 03 Apr 2012, 04:00
Dave234 Dave234 is offline
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I never downloaded the first Spam-O-Matic, so I doubt it's in there. Unless it came with vbulletin?

I have FTP access.

What is the name of my forums folder? I have so many folders. Is it the "Includes" folder? That has a folder in it called "XML" which has other items in it.

However my "install" folder also has a folder called "includes". But that one does not have an "XML" folder in it.

This stuff is so confusing.

And I'm worried about trying anything because I don't want to ruin my vbulletin.

I know I should back it up, but vbulletin apparently got rid of the "Backup Database" button in the admincp. I have no idea how to back up the vbulletin. Can you explain it to me, as if you were explaining it to a 2-year-old? Because that's really my level of understanding with this.
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Old 03 Apr 2012, 04:11
Stryker412 Stryker412 is offline
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Can someone offer advice on how to handle this? I have spammers registering and posting blogs but not on the forums. How can I ban them and have their blogs deleted?
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Old 03 Apr 2012, 04:50
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Syxguns Syxguns is offline
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The folders you are naming are withing the primary forum directory. Your structure should look similar to this one that I kind of made up!! I figured a picture might help. Notice the following:

1) The top folder is the primary folder that holds the forums and or other items that you may have like shopping carts and so forth.

2) The second folder is the vB folder for your forums. It may not be called forum, mine is not, but that folder is where all of vB resides.

3) All the folders under the second folder are vB folders for the forum. You may have some mods on your forum and they will show up as well.

So by telling you to rename the Upload folder to the name of your forum folder you would be looking at the second one in the picture. However, you will drop the folder onto the 1st folder. The first folder is the ROOT of the forum.

Hope that helps.

Backups of the Database are generally done through PHPMyAdmin:
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Old 03 Apr 2012, 04:59
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Syxguns Syxguns is offline
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Originally Posted by Stryker412 View Post
Can someone offer advice on how to handle this? I have spammers registering and posting blogs but not on the forums. How can I ban them and have their blogs deleted?
This is handled through permissions. Do not allow guest to post, and do not allow new members to post on blogs until they reach a desired number of posts on the forum. Or you can set it so that all new members posts are moderated before they are displayed.

Now Spam-O-Matic will remove a lot of stuff for you, but you have to make other preventative measures against problems like that. I don't allow guest to post, leave guest messages, leave messages on blogs, and new members I have set to have a minimum of 5 moderated posts before they become a registered user. Then they have a lot more freedom.
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Old 03 Apr 2012, 05:18
Dave234 Dave234 is offline
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I really, really appreciate you laying it all out simply like that. This stuff is very complicated for me.

In my FTP program, however, I can only see the Forum folder (actually mine is labled "/") and then the folders beneath that (admincp, etc). I cannot see the primary folder (the one you labeled "My Primary Directory")

By the way, I can put a shopping cart in that folder, too? Like if I want to have an online store? I guess I can get back to that question later.

Do I really need to backup my files and everything? My webhost says they do that every 24 hours. Is there any reason to also do it through vbulletin?

To backup my vbulletin, do I need to download phpMyAdmin?

My God, this stuff is confusing.
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Old 03 Apr 2012, 05:37
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Syxguns Syxguns is offline
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I may be able to offer you a little more assistance. I suggest having PHPMyAdmin because it gives you a direct link to the database. However, that is another totally different tool to learn how to use, and without a full understanding of database and the structure of a database, I would not mess with it for now.

So you did not point your forum to a primary folder? That is okay there is another way to do everything, just ignore what I told you in the threads above. It takes a little longer to transfer, because you transfer items individually.

As far as shopping carts, yes you can add them however, most of them are not great. I'm speaking with a designer and trying to get a nice cart integrated into vB4. That's another topic. I tell you what send me a PM. The rest of this I can help you with away from the thread.
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Old 03 Apr 2012, 13:20
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ForceHSS ForceHSS is offline
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Originally Posted by Stryker412 View Post
Can someone offer advice on how to handle this? I have spammers registering and posting blogs but not on the forums. How can I ban them and have their blogs deleted?
change permissions of the normal reg user group so they cant post at all in the blog then make a new user group and set it to transfer them to the new group after so many posts
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Old 03 Apr 2012, 13:43
DannyITR DannyITR is offline
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There are always some posts that cannot be approved. It's soooooo annoying. 1 every few days.
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Old 06 Apr 2012, 17:47
tony tony is offline
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Is anyone else finding that spam-o-matic isn't stopping a spammer based on their email address?

I check the settings for StopForumSpam: Email Check is enable. But the description for this option says "Test the email address against the ban list" Does this mean it's only checking the ban list and not on stop forum spam?
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