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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: (545 votes - 4.79 average) Installs: 4654
Released: 05 Aug 2010 Last Update: 28 May 2013 Downloads: 23215
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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 14 Jan 2012, 03:22
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ElfenLied1337 ElfenLied1337 is offline
Join Date: Aug 2009
Anyone else getting a huge influx of bots, even with this enabled?

They mostly just fill out their profiles with advertisement links, never actually post, so we can't report them to the database.
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Old 14 Jan 2012, 04:04
MikeTrin MikeTrin is offline
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Originally Posted by ElfenLied1337 View Post
Anyone else getting a huge influx of bots, even with this enabled?

They mostly just fill out their profiles with advertisement links, never actually post, so we can't report them to the database.
India mainly, one after another. If that country didn't have so many IP ranges I'd ban the whole place. The mod Stop the Registration Bots works better than glowhost spam-o-matic for these guys.

Be sure to hide the member list from non registered users and disable the homepage field.
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Old 14 Jan 2012, 08:38
TheSupportForum TheSupportForum is offline
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Originally Posted by Webbstre View Post
I think maybe I made my post confusingly... one of my users is being moderated when he shouldn't be, and it's really annoying to have to keep approving his posts when looking at my settings he should be exempt 3 ways already.
you can put an ignore on the user, just place the userid of the person you want it to ignore
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Old 16 Jan 2012, 22:49
lloyd_mcse lloyd_mcse is offline
Join Date: Mar 2010
Hi guys,
I just installed vb 4.1.10, and was editing the video attachment settings, hit save and got this error...
Database error in vBulletin 4.1.10:

Invalid SQL:
UPDATE vb3usergroup SET

### UPDATE QUERY GENERATED BY fetch_query_sql() ###
`title` = 'Registered Users',
`description` = '',
`usertitle` = '',
`opentag` = '',
`closetag` = '',
`passwordexpires` = '0',
`passwordhistory` = '0',
`forumpermissions` = '12317183',
`genericpermissions` = '1579685575',
`attachlimit` = '0',
`pmquota` = '150',
`pmpermissions` = '3',
`pmsendmax` = '5',
`pmthrottlequantity` = '0',
`calendarpermissions` = '63',
`wolpermissions` = '1',
`adminpermissions` = '0',
`genericpermissions2` = '1',
`genericoptions` = '62',
`profilepicmaxwidth` = '100',
`profilepicmaxheight` = '100',
`profilepicmaxsize` = '65535',
`avatarmaxwidth` = '100',
`avatarmaxheight` = '100',
`avatarmaxsize` = '20000',
`signaturepermissions` = '498943',
`sigpicmaxwidth` = '500',
`sigpicmaxheight` = '100',
`sigpicmaxsize` = '500000',
`sigmaxrawchars` = '1000',
`sigmaxchars` = '500',
`sigmaxlines` = '0',
`sigmaxsizebbcode` = '7',
`sigmaximages` = '4',
`sigmaxvideos` = '1',
`albumpermissions` = '255',
`albumpicmaxwidth` = '600',
`albumpicmaxheight` = '600',
`albummaxpics` = '100',
`albummaxsize` = '0',
`usercsspermissions` = '191',
`visitormessagepermissions` = '63',
`socialgrouppermissions` = '247671',
`maximumsocialgroups` = '5',
`groupiconmaxsize` = '65535',
`akvbghsfs_akismet_permissions` = '0'
WHERE usergroupid=2;

MySQL Error : Unknown column 'akvbghsfs_akismet_permissions' in 'field list'
Error Number : 1054
Request Date : Monday, January 16th 2012 @ 10:28:16 PM
Error Date : Monday, January 16th 2012 @ 10:28:16 PM
Script :
Referrer :
IP Address : *.*.*.*
Username : me
Classname : vB_Database
MySQL Version : 5.0.51a-3ubuntu5.8
does anyone know what this is about?
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Old 16 Jan 2012, 23:09
Bluemax712 Bluemax712 is offline
Join Date: Oct 2010
Originally Posted by ElfenLied1337 View Post
Anyone else getting a huge influx of bots, even with this enabled?

They mostly just fill out their profiles with advertisement links, never actually post, so we can't report them to the database.
I've been using Glowhost combined with this mod which works well to
prevent new users (bots or real ones) from creating links in their profiles or anywhere

(Extra Spam Protection) Prevent Posting Of Links On User Group Per User Group Basis
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Old 17 Jan 2012, 02:51
RavenSteve RavenSteve is offline
Join Date: Jan 2007
For those of you who can't pull up their logs, I had renamed my admincp folder. Make sure the file glowhostspamomatic.php goes in that folder.
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Old 17 Jan 2012, 16:08
jdeveaux jdeveaux is offline
Join Date: Jul 2011
Looks Great thus far. One change I made was in the Give thanks. The default text of "Web Hosting" is a bit generic. Now reads "Spam-O-Matic provided by" on our site.

Any plans for a paid version? Sorry I have not read through the hundreds of posts :-)
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Old 17 Jan 2012, 22:28
Dialsoft Dialsoft is offline
Join Date: Jan 2012

we installed this mod on our forum which is 4.1.10 suite when I activate it locks all users from posting including me. is there something I am not setting correctly?
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Old 17 Jan 2012, 23:29
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ForceHSS ForceHSS is offline
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show screenshot of settings
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Old 18 Jan 2012, 02:22
Dialsoft Dialsoft is offline
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Old 18 Jan 2012, 09:25
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ForceHSS ForceHSS is offline
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Spam-O-Matic: Protect Users = use ids not names
Akismet: Enable = yes
Akismet: Post Count = 0
Akismet: API Key = get key from
Akismet: Auto-submit from Easy Cleanup = yes
StopForumSpam = Username Check: Disable
StopForumSpam = API Key get key from
StopForumSpam: Auto-submit from Easy Cleanup = yes
Newbies Manager: Newbies Group ID = 4 this is normally 4 you have it at 17 do check that
Newbies Manager: Auto-promote Users From Newbies To Trusted/Registered Users? = no
Auto-Moderation: Minimum Post Count = 1
Easy Cleanup: Enable = Enabled
Affiliate System: Enable = Disable turn this off as you dont have a Affiliate ID
Affiliate System: Link text = leave blank
Credits: Give Thanks = no
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Old 18 Jan 2012, 09:37
TheSupportForum TheSupportForum is offline
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Originally Posted by Dialsoft View Post
screenshot 1 is wrong put iserid's not usernames
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Old 18 Jan 2012, 11:06
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ForceHSS ForceHSS is offline
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Originally Posted by simonhind View Post
screenshot 1 is wrong put iserid's not usernames
if you check my above post you will see I already said that
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Old 18 Jan 2012, 18:19
Dialsoft Dialsoft is offline
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i made all changes that you recommended when you try to post it still does not function.
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Old 18 Jan 2012, 19:32
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ForceHSS ForceHSS is offline
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have you checked user group permissions
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