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[GlowHost] Spam-O-Matic - Spam Firewall stops forum spam
Mod Version: 2.1.2, by GlowHost.com (Coder) GlowHost.com is offline
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vB Version: 4.x.x Rating: (543 votes - 4.80 average) Installs: 4651
Released: 05 Aug 2010 Last Update: 28 May 2013 Downloads: 23184
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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
English
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 stopforumspam.com (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 stopforumspam.com.

Get your StopForumSpam API Key Here

You can obtain an Akismet API key from Akismet.com.
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 vBulletin.org:
  • 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!
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Compatibility:
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 GlowHost.com, where it already is

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Donations:

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 GlowHost.com 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!

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Installation:

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.

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Original concept credits go to the authors of vBStopForumSpam, MonkeyStop.

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  #1966  
Old 01 Sep 2012, 00:36
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brycea brycea is offline
 
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208 People Online With My IP Address

HealthCommunity.co

Earlier today, I saw on my forum that 208 people were online with my IP address. What kind of problem is this and what can I do about it.

I use SPAM-O-MATIC and have a subscriptiion to Akismet, and whatever was going on didn't effect my forum with spam.

On 8/29/12, I had 1,172 people online, of which I know was impossible, being that we are a new forum, although, no problems with spam then.

According to your product, there have been 4 spammers denied registration.

Thanks, Bryce
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  #1967  
Old 01 Sep 2012, 00:45
mikeinjersey mikeinjersey is offline
 
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Originally Posted by Syxguns View Post
Yes for the most part you are going to have to set up a new user group for new members, limiting permissions and setting up auto moderation in S-O-M. The are instructions on the creators site. Very few get through the block, but selecting the post and using the mod tools you can ban, remove all posts, and submit info to stopformspam at the same time.
I already have that usergroup for new members.

Still would be great if they could update the plugin, to give us an option to block all posts from other languages. These are practically the only posts that still make it through the filter on our forums.

example : Block all posts not in "English". (drop-down menu to select appropriate language)

not sure how difficult it would be to setup on the developer end though..
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  #1968  
Old 01 Sep 2012, 01:16
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Syxguns Syxguns is offline
 
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Originally Posted by brycea View Post
HealthCommunity.co

Earlier today, I saw on my forum that 208 people were online with my IP address. What kind of problem is this and what can I do about it.

I use SPAM-O-MATIC and have a subscriptiion to Akismet, and whatever was going on didn't effect my forum with spam.

On 8/29/12, I had 1,172 people online, of which I know was impossible, being that we are a new forum, although, no problems with spam then.

According to your product, there have been 4 spammers denied registration.

Thanks, Bryce
Bruce, just for grins disable S-O-M to see if you still have the same problem. I don't think that this mod is the problem, but the only way to know for sure is to test it.

Being a new forum I see that many visitors as almost crazy but if you are using forum runner then it is possible. I did a quick Google search but your forum wasn't on the first page. As far as multiple users having the same IP that I see quite a bit, so how many are you talking about?
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  #1969  
Old 01 Sep 2012, 01:24
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Syxguns Syxguns is offline
 
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Originally Posted by mikeinjersey View Post
I already have that usergroup for new members.

Still would be great if they could update the plugin, to give us an option to block all posts from other languages. These are practically the only posts that still make it through the filter on our forums.

example : Block all posts not in "English". (drop-down menu to select appropriate language)

not sure how difficult it would be to setup on the developer end though..
I'm sure that if you had a mod check for language it would take time for each post to be scanned before it was submitted to the forum, this would really slow things down. That does not include things like "CUL8r"!

The important thing is to submit these spam messages when they happen. This mod is great for doing that for you. I even get a few from time to time, but not enough for me to break a sweat. The other option that you have is to ban the e-mail and IP in vB. That may help because I believe what you are seeing is Russian.
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  #1970  
Old 01 Sep 2012, 01:31
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Appreciate your fast respons

You wrote, "As far as multiple users having the same IP that I see quite a bit, so how many are you talking about?"

I don't know how to answer this question. I read at the bottom of my forum that there were 208 users online, I clicked on the highlighted in red, 208 users online, and was directed to the page that reflects the IP address for each user. All were my IP address.

Also, I could see that each forum had a number of people reading posts.

You say to turn off s-o-m, to see what happens, what would I then do to protect myself from spammers on my site at that time.
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Old 01 Sep 2012, 02:01
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Syxguns Syxguns is offline
 
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Originally Posted by brycea View Post
You wrote, "As far as multiple users having the same IP that I see quite a bit, so how many are you talking about?"

I don't know how to answer this question. I read at the bottom of my forum that there were 208 users online, I clicked on the highlighted in red, 208 users online, and was directed to the page that reflects the IP address for each user. All were my IP address.

Also, I could see that each forum had a number of people reading posts.
What
You say to turn off s-o-m, to see what happens, what would I then do to protect myself from spammers on my site at that time.
In plugging and products disable. You are only testing, so you can enable it again. Now select "who's online" and see if they all show the same IP. They shouldn't all be the same, although you may see a few with the same.

What mod did you use to view last time? I'm on a cell phone so I can't view the actual forum. I turned that feature off. I also do not use taptalk or forum runner. Mods do not work with them.

Edit: got online and saw the forum. I see what you are saying you clicked that was in red. That should take you to the "who's online" area. Right now you have nobody viewing the forum, so wait until you have 5 to 20 people viewing the site.

Last edited by Syxguns; 01 Sep 2012 at 03:20.
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  #1972  
Old 01 Sep 2012, 02:33
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Again, thanks

I see now what you are talking about. I will disable the s-o-m and see what happens.
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  #1973  
Old 04 Sep 2012, 04:15
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how can I disable the Spam-O-Matic Statistics box above the "Current Total Users Online"?
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  #1974  
Old 04 Sep 2012, 04:15
ndut ndut is offline
 
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tagged, thanks
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  #1975  
Old 04 Sep 2012, 04:17
cloferba cloferba is offline
 
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got it.
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  #1976  
Old 04 Sep 2012, 14:08
vivachina vivachina is offline
 
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Hello

Automoderation is set to some usergroup when users are moved afte email check. Automoderations is set to prevent post and we have a lont list of bad words.

However anybody can bypass the automoderations by writing any words.

This plugin was working fine until suddenyl stopped one week ago just after set some new parameters.

But it's strange that blocking spammers registration is working smoothly.
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  #1977  
Old 04 Sep 2012, 14:46
katco224 katco224 is offline
 
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Mine seems to have suddenly quit working, I had a huge amount of spammers get by last night including plastering my board with spam posts. Has something changed recently?
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  #1978  
Old 05 Sep 2012, 08:22
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Originally Posted by katco224 View Post
Mine seems to have suddenly quit working, I had a huge amount of spammers get by last night including plastering my board with spam posts. Has something changed recently?
Same here, yesterday a lot of spammers grant access to register in my forum. SOM log showed: "Unabe to connect to SOM server,... " in each registration. "Passed to vbulletin,..."

Any problem with the server? Anything we have to change?

Thanks!
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Old 05 Sep 2012, 10:30
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Originally Posted by inigo View Post
Same here, yesterday a lot of spammers grant access to register in my forum. SOM log showed: "Unabe to connect to SOM server,... " in each registration. "Passed to vbulletin,..."

Any problem with the server? Anything we have to change?

Thanks!
I believe this is not an issue. If I'm correct in my assumption, this has to do it the StopForumSpam database is down for maintenance.

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

* Note: Only applies if set to block listed registrations in the above setting
If this is set to Allow Registration then you could get some spammers. I wouldn't suggest that you deny the registration, simply because it should be temporary.

10:40 a.m. yesterday
I went to the board first thing this morning and thought WTF, it had been unusually inundated with spammerís registrations and spam posts, in which took me quite awhile to clear them off from the board. I then went to here to add the ones that spammed to my spammers list and found the site was offline, due to maintenance. Oh, I thought, so that is the reason for the unusual inundation of spammers. - When the cats away the mice will play. smile

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The forum that I help moderate, also got slammed last night. I also found that SFS was down. I certainly am glad it is back up.

Some of our spammers are finding ways around the Spam-O-Matic software that our Admin installed last week, by coming up with usernames, edresses, and IP addresses that are not in SFS's databanks. I am duly entering them.... cool
Information found in forum at SFS forum


I donít know what I would do without SFS. Thanks.
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Old 05 Sep 2012, 10:47
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In the settings, there's an option about what to do when the StopForumSpam server is unavailable. I think the default is to allow registration since usually there is another layer of protection by new users being placed in a moderated group, and you don't risk blocking legit users. You can change that if you wish.

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

* Note: Only applies if set to block listed registrations in the above setting
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