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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: 4650
Released: 05 Aug 2010 Last Update: 28 May 2013 Downloads: 23166
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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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  #3406  
Old 24 Sep 2015, 21:54
postcd postcd is offline
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Originally Posted by ForceHSS View Post
I don't use it any more I found something better ozzy has something out that works 100% not one spammer can register ever
Please what is that module you are using?

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Hello,

your antispam plugin is great help. THank you for it.
I would like to ask you if you can add one feature that im missing.

It is IP address banning.

I would like to be able to tick box to ban user IP along with deleting his account and posts.

That would allow more effective relieving of spammers.

Thank you
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  #3407  
Old 30 Sep 2015, 16:38
markoroots markoroots is offline
 
Join Date: May 2013
Real name: Marco Miglietta
Hi everybody,
please can I know how to complete remove this plugin??
I have uninstalled it from my board but many people is still telling me that is not possible to register to the site (because the stopforumspam is blocking the registrations to the real users).
Normal names as "Claudio" or "Stephan" are blocked, so I want know if is possible how to completly remove this kind of ban.

Thanks in advance.

Last edited by markoroots; 30 Sep 2015 at 16:46.
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  #3408  
Old 30 Sep 2015, 21:10
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squidsk squidsk is offline
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
If you've uninstalled the product and removed all files then anybody getting blocked is not being blocked by this product. Since if there are no plugins running (because the product was uninstalled) and no residual files, there's nothing from the product left to be causing issues.
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  #3409  
Old 01 Oct 2015, 16:57
markoroots markoroots is offline
 
Join Date: May 2013
Real name: Marco Miglietta
Thanks Squidisk.
Yes but do you know what can cause this.
I try to register a username "Claudio" and when I complete the registration page it come this message:

Spammers Block


Some people tell me that maybe can be the stopforumspan plugin.
Please do you know what can be and how to resolve?

Thanks in advance
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  #3410  
Old 01 Oct 2015, 17:05
markoroots markoroots is offline
 
Join Date: May 2013
Real name: Marco Miglietta
And also...
if I search the phrase "Spammers Block"
I found this page... so it mean that "stopforumspam" is still on my site...

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  #3411  
Old 01 Oct 2015, 22:06
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squidsk squidsk is offline
 
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That isn't related to SoM for two reasons, one it is listed as belonging to the vbulletin product (Prodotto) and two it isn't in the product xml for SoM. Some thing else has put that phrase into your db, and something else is using it. You'll need to go over all your plugin code carefully to figure out what it is.
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  #3412  
Old 02 Oct 2015, 10:51
markoroots markoroots is offline
 
Join Date: May 2013
Real name: Marco Miglietta
Hi Squidisk and thanks for your reply.
I really don't know what and where to search this...
Can you please give me some tips??
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  #3413  
Old 02 Oct 2015, 14:35
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Alan_SP Alan_SP is offline
 
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You need to check your product manager page to see all mods you have installed. Checking their names you'll see which ones are related with spam.
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  #3414  
Old 11 Oct 2015, 16:03
setishock setishock is offline
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Downloaded and installed on 4.2.3. Working great. I can sleep through the night and not wake up to a heavily spam forum.
This is a relief at last. Thank you.
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  #3415  
Old 21 Oct 2015, 09:22
setishock setishock is offline
 
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It is resource intensive. My IO cap on my hosting is 1024 and it bangs right up on the cap. It causes my hosting to warn me of this and the forum slows down dramatically.
It's a nice concept but it use way too many resources. I'm afraid it's got to go. I've got up some pretty tricky Q and A so we'll see how that goes.
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Old 22 Oct 2015, 09:52
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ForceHSS ForceHSS is offline
 
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Originally Posted by setishock View Post
It is resource intensive. My IO cap on my hosting is 1024 and it bangs right up on the cap. It causes my hosting to warn me of this and the forum slows down dramatically.
It's a nice concept but it use way too many resources. I'm afraid it's got to go. I've got up some pretty tricky Q and A so we'll see how that goes.
Q and A won't stop spammers
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  #3417  
Old 04 Dec 2015, 12:26
markoroots markoroots is offline
 
Join Date: May 2013
Real name: Marco Miglietta
Thanks guys for your answers.
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Old 04 Dec 2015, 14:45
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Originally Posted by setishock View Post
It is resource intensive. My IO cap on my hosting is 1024 and it bangs right up on the cap. It causes my hosting to warn me of this and the forum slows down dramatically.
It's a nice concept but it use way too many resources. I'm afraid it's got to go. I've got up some pretty tricky Q and A so we'll see how that goes.
Yes, I found it was using a lot of resources too, but if you look at the Spam-O-Matic log files, you can reduce the load by blocking IPs that regularly try to register anyway.

Among the ones that were hitting my site too much but being blocked by Spam-O-Matic were:
91.200.12.102
91.200.12.170
91.200.12.23
91.200.12.27
91.200.12.46
91.200.12.66
91.200.12.68
91.200.12.69
91.200.12.72
91.200.12.94

I had blocked these before discovering the association with the log files in glowhost, so check these too:
91.121.221.15
62.210.152.87
136.243.75.162
218.205.17.150
60.169.75.155
212.7.217.2
218.205.17.168
221.178.182.182
61.160.212.57
91.200.12.66
91.212.124.147
91.212.124.159
91.212.124.185
46.229.164.98
90.155.154.76
46.229.164.99
46.229.164.100
46.229.164.101
46.229.164.102

Spam-O-Matic stopped the forum spam, but it seems to cause a server load if you allowed the IPs to continue hitting.
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Old 06 Dec 2015, 14:55
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I am running Spam-O-Matic on VB 4.2.2. The newly registered are going into the "Newbies" group (usergroup #31). I have enabled Auto-Promotion, but they don't seem to be moving to the Registered Group (#2).

Newbies Manager: Put New User Into Newbies Group? Yes
Newbies Manager: Newbies Group ID 31
Newbies Manager: Auto-promote Users From Newbies To Trusted/Registered Users? Yes
Newbies Manager: Trusted/Registered Users Group ID 2
Newbies Manager: Promotion From Post Count 3

I am on a virtual server, is it possible that my host has something set that is interfering with it? Maybe they have something that stops the cron job?

I really don't have a need to keep new users in a reduced privileges group.

Thanks
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  #3420  
Old 07 Dec 2015, 17:00
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rhody401 rhody401 is offline
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
I am blocking these regular attackers:

91.200.12.
91.200.13.
91.200.14.
104.236.82.
78.46.156.
169.156.46.
185.53.44.
67.22.36.
192.240.211.
155.94.170.
155.94.131.
209.161.99.
155.254.203.
48.204.48.
216.163.188.
23.94.48.
172.245.64.
172.245.120.
178.158.21.
23.95.
23.94.
65.99.246.
65.99.193.
66.225.
192.3.183.
155.94.217.
192.3.108.
192.227.240.
192.210.203.
192.227.232.
107.182.116.
76.73.71.
69.12.76.
198.55.113.
192.227.243.
14.121.4.
107.155.80.
217.69.133.
50.7.50.
94.100.180.
213.180.204.
183.220.153.
217.69.133.
94.205.145.
85.185.45.
150.70.97.
175.42.95.
124.129.227.
118.113.185.
94.41.49.
184.154.24.
192.210.140.
144.76.212.
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