Register Members List Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
Mod Options
[GlowHost] Spam-O-Matic - Spam Firewall stops forum spam Details »
[GlowHost] Spam-O-Matic - Spam Firewall stops forum spam
Mod Version: 2.1.2, by GlowHost.com (Coder) GlowHost.com is offline
Developer Last Online: Nov 2017 I like it Show Printable Version Email this Page

vB Version: 4.x.x Rating: (544 votes - 4.79 average) Installs: 4653
Released: 05 Aug 2010 Last Update: 28 May 2013 Downloads: 23187
Supported DB Changes Uses Plugins Auto-Template Additional Files Translations External Content  

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!
======================
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

=====================
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!

=====================
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.

=====================

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

Download Now

Only licensed members can download files, Click Here for more information.

Screenshots

Click image for larger version

Name:	logs.png
Views:	10403
Size:	40.7 KB
ID:	126504   Click image for larger version

Name:	postbit-mod-tools.jpg
Views:	9694
Size:	60.7 KB
ID:	126505   Click image for larger version

Name:	stats.jpg
Views:	12076
Size:	48.8 KB
ID:	126506   Click image for larger version

Name:	wizard.jpg
Views:	8234
Size:	54.9 KB
ID:	126507  

Click image for larger version

Name:	admincp.gif
Views:	3045
Size:	18.0 KB
ID:	143256  

Show Your Support

  • To receive notifications regarding updates -> Click to Mark as Installed.
  • If you like this modification support the author by donating.
  • This modification may not be copied, reproduced or published elsewhere without author's permission.
Similar Mod
Mod Developer Type Replies Last Post
Anti-Spam Options [GlowHost] Spam-O-Matic for vB 3.8 (StopForumSpam, Akismet, Auto-Moderation and more) GlowHost.com vBulletin 3.8 Add-ons 236 12 Sep 2017 03:53
Administrative and Maintenance Tools Suppress-o-Matic - Stop database error spam GeekyDesigns vBulletin 3.8 Add-ons 65 12 Sep 2013 21:01
Moderators Functions Akismet Anti-Spam (3.6) Jafo232 vBulletin 3.6 Add-ons 12 15 Jun 2011 16:13
Akismet Anti-Spam Jafo232 vBulletin 3.5 Add-ons 97 14 May 2011 04:07
Moderators Functions Akismet - spam detection El_Muerte vBulletin 3.6 Add-ons 58 22 Feb 2011 15:18

  #2716  
Old 08 Apr 2013, 03:35
brbafk brbafk is offline
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
This is a good mod.

Last edited by brbafk; 08 Apr 2013 at 08:47.
Reply With Quote
  #2717  
Old 08 Apr 2013, 06:38
ForceHSS's Avatar
ForceHSS ForceHSS is offline
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Originally Posted by brbafk View Post
This is a good mod.
Sadly this mod also adds a link to "Glowhost" at the bottom and the Spam-O-Matic header links to this thread without saying that anywhere.
Yes I understand this is a free mod, but that doesn't justify infringing people's websites lol. You made yourself look unprofessional and I personally wouldn't use "glow host" web service because of how it's being promoted; maliciously.
My immediate guess is that it's re-seller hosting for a failing web host service with alot of downtime ran by you.
Sorry if this offends you, but this is my honest, constructive, criticizing opinion that could probably help you out.
You can remove the link in the settings if you take the time and look over them then you would of seen this
Reply With Quote
  #2718  
Old 08 Apr 2013, 08:47
brbafk brbafk is offline
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Originally Posted by ForceHSS View Post
You can remove the link in the settings if you take the time and look over them then you would of seen this
I really DIDN'T notice that when I posted but I would change it up a bit if I released the mod. I still DO feel it's slightly malicious and that affects the reputation of the service slightly
Reply With Quote
  #2719  
Old 08 Apr 2013, 15:14
rcull rcull is offline
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
I installed this program earlier this week, and I seem to have new members having a problem with the return key on their keyboard not working when posting. Makes for some long paragraphs!

Where should I look?

Thanks
__________________
<a href=http://www.teambuick.com target=_blank>http://www.teambuick.com</a>
Reply With Quote
  #2720  
Old 08 Apr 2013, 17:17
robert1848 robert1848 is offline
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
StopForumSpam vs Akismet

I'm just a bit confused about the API key from stopforumspam.com and the one from Akismet. Do they do the same thing? Is one superior to the other?

The following quote makes it seem that both would be good:

Spammers that make it past the StopForumSpam and Auto-Moderation will be checked against the Akismet service.

In other words, are we duplicating a service that might add complexity and increase chance of conflicts? If we use both, are we significantly enhancing our spam barriers?

Thanks.
Reply With Quote
  #2721  
Old 08 Apr 2013, 18:38
weave weave is offline
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Originally Posted by vbresults View Post
This should fix it -- replace the admincp/glowhostspamomatic.php file with the one attached.
Was coming back to report I was still seeing the same error. I have just replaced this and will let you know when I use it next.

THANKS!!!!!!
Reply With Quote
  #2722  
Old 08 Apr 2013, 19:47
Syxguns's Avatar
Syxguns Syxguns is offline
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Originally Posted by robert1848 View Post
I'm just a bit confused about the API key from stopforumspam.com and the one from Akismet. Do they do the same thing? Is one superior to the other?

The following quote makes it seem that both would be good:

Spammers that make it past the StopForumSpam and Auto-Moderation will be checked against the Akismet service.

In other words, are we duplicating a service that might add complexity and increase chance of conflicts? If we use both, are we significantly enhancing our spam barriers?

Thanks.
To answer your question the best way I know how:
Akismet is more for blogs
stopforumspam is for forums

Akismet continues to monitor your site for comments placed on blogs, not really on forums. Stop Forum Spam is a list of spammers IP address, e-mail, and user names. It only works when a member is using registration on your site.
Reply With Quote
  #2723  
Old 08 Apr 2013, 19:58
Merlinii's Avatar
Merlinii Merlinii is offline
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Originally Posted by weave View Post
Was coming back to report I was still seeing the same error. I have just replaced this and will let you know when I use it next.

THANKS!!!!!!
Sadly I'm still getting this error also. Is there a "fix"?
Reply With Quote
  #2724  
Old 09 Apr 2013, 03:38
rcull rcull is offline
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Merlinii,

Go back to page 179, look for a posting by vbresults. He has attached an updated glowhostspamomatic.php . Upload it and over wright the old one. I had the same problem, and it worked.
__________________
<a href=http://www.teambuick.com target=_blank>http://www.teambuick.com</a>
Reply With Quote
  #2725  
Old 09 Apr 2013, 12:29
Merlinii's Avatar
Merlinii Merlinii is offline
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Originally Posted by weave View Post
Was coming back to report I was still seeing the same error. I have just replaced this and will let you know when I use it next.

THANKS!!!!!!
Originally Posted by rcull View Post
Merlinii,

Go back to page 179, look for a posting by vbresults. He has attached an updated glowhostspamomatic.php . Upload it and over wright the old one. I had the same problem, and it worked.
Thanks for the info...I've overwritten the old one per your post...I'll be sure and reply and post the results.
Reply With Quote
  #2726  
Old 09 Apr 2013, 13:06
weave weave is offline
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Originally Posted by weave View Post
Was coming back to report I was still seeing the same error. I have just replaced this and will let you know when I use it next.

THANKS!!!!!!
Got to test this out this morning and I am very happy to announce that it indeed seems to have fixed the issue.

You sir are THE MAN!!!
Reply With Quote
  #2727  
Old 09 Apr 2013, 19:18
GerstnerUSA's Avatar
GerstnerUSA GerstnerUSA is offline
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
No "Spammers Denied Registration"?

Newbie Question - Do you have to register at stopforumspam for the API key to have user IP's and e-mail addresses checked by their database?

I have started a forum with your mod, but i don't have anyone listed for "Spammers Denied Registration".

The GlowHost log on my site shows eveyone that has registered "Passed StopForumSpam checks. Sent to vBulletin Registration System."

I have enabled IP Check andE-mail Check in the GlowHost Settings.

In the short life of my forum, I have had to manually go through the posts that were auto moderated and it has resulted in:

140 Spammers Permanently Banned
332 Spammy Posts Automatically Moderated

I compared my setting to another person running a forum, and i can't see any differences. I am running VB 4.2.0 and GlowHost 2.1.0.

Could i have installed only part of the mod correctly to be able to moderate posts, but not have registrations checked?

Thank you for your time.
Reply With Quote
  #2728  
Old 10 Apr 2013, 18:07
GerstnerUSA's Avatar
GerstnerUSA GerstnerUSA is offline
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Today, I uninstalled and re-installed the mod and I am still getting the same results.

Everyone is being allowed to register, but their posts are being moderated.

I am also running OpenCart on my website, so i know that cURL is running properly.

Should I try "or allow_url_fopen enable in PHP settings"? If so, where would i find the PHP Settings to change this?

Any suggestions?
Reply With Quote
  #2729  
Old 10 Apr 2013, 18:42
Merlinii's Avatar
Merlinii Merlinii is offline
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Originally Posted by Merlinii View Post
Thanks for the info...I've overwritten the old one per your post...I'll be sure and reply and post the results.
Ok, I'm back to report my findings. It now works perfectly with no errors!

I download the file from page #179 in Post# 2684

I then replaced the admincp/glowhostspamomatic.php file with this one glowhostspamomatic.php
Reply With Quote
  #2730  
Old 10 Apr 2013, 23:49
ForceHSS's Avatar
ForceHSS ForceHSS is offline
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Originally Posted by GerstnerUSA View Post
Today, I uninstalled and re-installed the mod and I am still getting the same results.

Everyone is being allowed to register, but their posts are being moderated.

I am also running OpenCart on my website, so i know that cURL is running properly.

Should I try "or allow_url_fopen enable in PHP settings"? If so, where would i find the PHP Settings to change this?

Any suggestions?
You need to change the settings in this mod and the default settings for modding posts
Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 6 (0 members and 6 guests)
 
Mod Options

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


New To Site? Need Help?

All times are GMT. The time now is 16:00.

Layout Options | Width: Wide Color: