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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: 4649
Released: 05 Aug 2010 Last Update: 28 May 2013 Downloads: 23169
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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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Old 03 Apr 2013, 20:39
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In your example, [url=something] should trigger a moderation provided you have:

[url

...in the bad words list.

A user typing something.com would not trigger a moderation because you would need:

something.com

...to be in the bad word list exactly written as you'd like to be moderated.

There is no partial match support outside of the [url and [img tags
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Old 03 Apr 2013, 20:53
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Yea but the .com for example won't work if it were something.com

Can you update the mod to allow that, or disallow links (with or without url) for certain members / usergroups with less than X forum posts?

Thanks
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Old 03 Apr 2013, 22:45
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Why not put {.com} in your bad word list then rebuild post cache to update all posts
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Old 03 Apr 2013, 23:23
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I only want the list applied to users with 100 posts or less.
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Old 04 Apr 2013, 01:46
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Originally Posted by vbresults View Post
That warning actually had a big underlying problem. It encased a large amount of code necessary for deletion to work, and when that warning line broke, all the code under/inside it broke too, which is why it didn't work for Nelson and the others reporting the issue.
Yes I noticed that when I took a quick diff of the two files to see what the difference was.

Another product did not cause this conflict, and the reason you aren't experiencing this problem is because this problem was introduced in a recent release. You probably didn't upload the latest files to the correct directory and inadvertently averted this problem.
After seeing your changes I agree another mod isn't causing the problem, but the reason why my site isn't getting the messages, and likely many others aren't as well, is that my site do not delete accounts instead we simple ban them indefinitely instead.
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Old 05 Apr 2013, 03:55
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I have been running this program for a few days now, and it has stopped the posting problems. I have noticed one real interesting thing. I have a spammer which I have deleted at least 4 times with glowhost and he is still coming back! Why would that be? He is using the same I.P.. Why would he not be blocked after one, two, three, + deletions?
I would have thought that after using the Spam-o-matic deletion that I.P. should not be allowed to re register.
He uses the same username and I.P. each time.
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Old 05 Apr 2013, 04:12
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I can't believe it! Check the time on these posts! NultAccunny has already re registered!
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Old 05 Apr 2013, 04:35
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Do you have spam-o-matic ban usernames enabled? I think it's disabled by default because of all the registration problems it causes with false positives.

ie - they can get a new IP faster than you can ban them
enabling ban username should shut it down for this username - but it will be a major hassle for other new users trying to register

Best thing would be to enable all new registrations to be approved by mod for a few days - and wait it out - maybe he'll get bored
and ofc be sure to also install good timer-based-registration mod like Spambot Stopper
https://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showthread.php?t=294633

Last edited by Bluemax712; 05 Apr 2013 at 05:21.
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Old 05 Apr 2013, 09:50
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Originally Posted by rcull View Post
I have been running this program for a few days now, and it has stopped the posting problems. I have noticed one real interesting thing. I have a spammer which I have deleted at least 4 times with glowhost and he is still coming back! Why would that be? He is using the same I.P.. Why would he not be blocked after one, two, three, + deletions?
I would have thought that after using the Spam-o-matic deletion that I.P. should not be allowed to re register.
He uses the same username and I.P. each time.
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Try this to ban his host
www.vbulletin.org/forum/showthread.php?t=268208
If that does not work try this and put @emailhost.com in the email banning section so if he uses hotmail it would be @hotmail.com and @hotmail.co.uk
www.vbulletin.org/forum/showthread.php?t=294164
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Old 05 Apr 2013, 12:57
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The use is using the same IP each time! That is what I don't understand, I would have thought the program would have submitted the IP as a spammer and not allowed that IP to be used on my site or any other.

I have the vbulletin email verification on.

I may have to consider another vbulletin plug in to work with this one, but I don't like to have too many plugins installed because I have had problems and I have limited knowledge
The nature of my site would allow me to simply ban all IPs from certain countries.

By the way, he's back. He shows as registered, and leaves a signature. If he tries to post, spamomatic stops that.
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Old 05 Apr 2013, 18:51
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Originally Posted by rcull View Post
The use is using the same IP each time! That is what I don't understand, I would have thought the program would have submitted the IP as a spammer and not allowed that IP to be used on my site or any other.

I have the vbulletin email verification on.

I may have to consider another vbulletin plug in to work with this one, but I don't like to have too many plugins installed because I have had problems and I have limited knowledge
The nature of my site would allow me to simply ban all IPs from certain countries.

By the way, he's back. He shows as registered, and leaves a signature. If he tries to post, spamomatic stops that.
This program will not ban his ip you need to add his ip to the banned list in options if you add the plugins I posted above they will help he won't be back
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Old 05 Apr 2013, 19:04
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Originally Posted by rcull View Post
The use is using the same IP each time! That is what I don't understand, I would have thought the program would have submitted the IP as a spammer and not allowed that IP to be used on my site or any other.

I have the vbulletin email verification on.

I may have to consider another vbulletin plug in to work with this one, but I don't like to have too many plugins installed because I have had problems and I have limited knowledge
The nature of my site would allow me to simply ban all IPs from certain countries.

By the way, he's back. He shows as registered, and leaves a signature. If he tries to post, spamomatic stops that.
You didn't answer the question about which blocking options you have enabled for spam-o-matic. If you are unsure take a screen shot showing the complete options page for spam-o-matic, with any ids for askiment, etc, blacked out.
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Old 05 Apr 2013, 19:42
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Originally Posted by squidsk
You didn't answer the question about which blocking options you have enabled for spam-o-matic. If you are unsure take a screen shot showing the complete options page for spam-o-matic, with any ids for askiment, etc, blacked out.
This might help you. Don't remove the user. If you remove the user then vB can't help prevent the new registration.

Set SOM to:

Moderate post

Ban User

In vB don't allow duplicate e-mail addresses. If the IP is a bad IP then ban it in vB. You can also not allow signatures in vB under usergroup permissions. Then create a forum for banned users and don't delete the user, but move the post to that forum. You may keep the forum hidden in forum permissions if you like.
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Old 05 Apr 2013, 20:30
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Originally Posted by GlowHost.com View Post
In your example, [url=something] should trigger a moderation provided you have:

[url

...in the bad words list.

A user typing something.com would not trigger a moderation because you would need:

something.com

...to be in the bad word list exactly written as you'd like to be moderated.

There is no partial match support outside of the [url and [img tags
To upgrade this product I would just overwrite the files in the FTP then allow over write with the xml correct? Also will I still have all my pre-sets saved or will they be gone? Thanks!
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Old 06 Apr 2013, 12:04
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Hello.
I have a problem when I use (in admincp) : Spam-O-Matic - Remove and ban user


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