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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: (546 votes - 4.79 average) Installs: 4664
Released: 05 Aug 2010 Last Update: 28 May 2013 Downloads: 23270
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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 12 Nov 2017, 13:43
Zarxrax Zarxrax is offline
Join Date: Mar 2009
Originally Posted by In Omnibus View Post
StopForumSpam will catch a good deal of it if set up to check both IP addresses and e-mail addresses. Unfortunately, it won't catch everything.

The new Recaptcha will catch virtually all spambots but human spammers can still bypass it.

I find the most effective spam tool is still using the Question And Answer function. If you ask questions that only real people with a genuine interest in your forum can answer, and that don't have "yes" or "no" or "true" or "false" type answers it will stop most of the spam most of the time.

If, for example, you are a math forum, and you ask "How many pieces of pii are in a circle?" only a math nerd would even understand the question. It's not something answerable by a bot or most human spammers.
LOL, the stopforumspam website links to this plugin as the way to implement it on vbulletin 4.
I also have Question and Answers set up on registration that can not be solved by a bot, but that isn't helping lately. I would imagine that any good bot software would keep a database of questions and answers so they only have to be answered once, anyways.
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Old 12 Nov 2017, 13:47
Zarxrax Zarxrax is offline
Join Date: Mar 2009
Originally Posted by handruin View Post
I had the same issue but I can help you fix this. The issue is that the code only looks for "http" urls and not "https", among others when acting on the auto moderation.

Download this plugin and extract the files on your drive. Open the file named "product-glowhostspamomatic.xml" with a text editor.

Search for all instances of this line; I believe there are two of them.

Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

Replace that line so that it looks like this:

Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

This change will catch all variations of URLs being posted in your forum, not just if they start with http or https so this does a much better job of catching spam.

Under Admin > Manage Products > Add/Import Product:
Once you've made the changes, you can install the plugin again but make sure to select the radio button to "Allow Overwrite".
Thanks, I think that might actually be the problem. I'm going to look into the possibility of turning off this plugin altogether if I can find another solution, but if not, I will make these edits.
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Old 11 Dec 2017, 19:03
postcd postcd is offline
Join Date: Feb 2012
Skip this message, my problem. Solved

Hello, i am getting following error many times, and i am getting it only regarding this vB module, and from multiple vB forums hosted on same server of mine:

Invalid SQL:
INSERT INTO glowhostspamomatic_log(`date`, `ip`, `email`, `username`, `message`, `is_blocked`, `user_hash`) VALUES (now(), "85.174.*.*", "*", "*", "Spam-O-Matic Tagged email - * Unable to connect to This is probably due to some temporary problems on their website: Unable to check. User passed to vBulletin registration system per your settings at \'StopForumSpam: Query Connection Errors\'", "0", "**long*string*here");;

MySQL Error : MySQL server has gone away
Error Number : 2006
Request Date : Monday, December 11th 2017 @ 10:41:15 AM
Error Date : Monday, December 11th 2017 @ 10:42:26 AM
Script :
Referrer :
IP Address : 85.174.*.*
Username : *usernamehere*
Classname : vB_Database
MySQL Version :
MySQL server also gone away everytime i try to report spammer using this vB module (Glowhost spam-o-matic)

It do not appear like stopforumspam banned my server IP:
[1]+ Done curl
root@host1 [/]# curl ""
I can login my SFS account, no problem.
UPDATE: i found these timeouts happening only from time to time. And during one timeout i tried to run this command on my hosting server: wget -O /dev/null and it timeout and shown SFS IPs and i searched logs for these IPs and also firewall and found these SFS IPs was banned on my firewall because somehow ended up in abuseipdb and stopforum spam blocklist, it could be also my fault.

Skip this message, my problem. Solved

Last edited by postcd; 30 Dec 2017 at 09:35.
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Old 09 Feb 2018, 15:23
BasilFawlty BasilFawlty is offline
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Version 5.X

Are there any plans to update this mod to work with Version 5.X of vBulletin? (I did a search of this thread but came up empty).
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There are no plans for vBulletin 5. The code base is too different and it would have to be written from scratch it looks like.
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Old 23 Feb 2018, 21:22
Total666 Total666 is offline
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I believe I have the program set to moderate posts from spammers , and it says it is moderating them . But I have 0 moderated post . Wrong Settings ? thanks
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Old 25 Feb 2018, 20:35
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BGObsession BGObsession is offline
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I have used this add-on for years. Prior to Dec 2017, it was stopping numerous spammer account registration attempts. Since late last year, I have only a handful of registrations blocked according to my Glowhost logs.

Anyone else noticed the add-on activity dropping to almost zero? I've made no major changes during that time frame in terms of my site.
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Old 04 Mar 2018, 12:16
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BGObsession BGObsession is offline
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***cricket chirps***

More and more here - zero responses when posting questions
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Old 04 Mar 2018, 13:01
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In Omnibus In Omnibus is online now
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Originally Posted by BGObsession View Post
***cricket chirps***

More and more here - zero responses when posting questions
I found this plugin ceased being effective years ago. Spambots can create accounts faster than any software can identify and block them. The most effective spam protection I've found is still the Question And Answer combined with the banning of free e-mail addresses. A lot of administrators don't like to block freemail providers like outlook, google, yahoo, aol, etc. but those are what spambots use. Spammers do not pay for e-mail addresses.
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Old 04 Mar 2018, 16:28
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I appreciate the insight - but I'm trying to figure out why this add-on stopped functioning (regardless of how effective it is)? Prior to the October-December 2017 timeframe, it was blocking hundreds of attempted registrations per day. It began dwindling to just a few a week in Jan 2018 and now the logs show zero registrations blocked.
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Old 04 Mar 2018, 17:30
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In Omnibus In Omnibus is online now
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Real name: Kris
Originally Posted by BGObsession View Post
I appreciate the insight - but I'm trying to figure out why this add-on stopped functioning (regardless of how effective it is)? Prior to the October-December 2017 timeframe, it was blocking hundreds of attempted registrations per day. It began dwindling to just a few a week in Jan 2018 and now the logs show zero registrations blocked.
Hard to answer since I don't use it any longer. Are you having a large number of spam accounts getting by it? Maybe they found a way around it.
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Old 05 Mar 2018, 16:59
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No. That's the weird part. I've not had a single spam registration, but the GlowHost add-on appears to have completely stopped working.
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Old 09 Mar 2018, 06:44
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Originally Posted by BGObsession View Post
No. That's the weird part. I've not had a single spam registration, but the GlowHost add-on appears to have completely stopped working.
Better ask on their site.
Need something at bottom of the post.
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Old 09 Mar 2018, 12:59
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It is still working for me, thankfully. It logged 37 rejections yesterday! Spamming was getting so bad I wondered if my site was going to survive! Could it could be a server issue. A few years ago I changed virtual servers, and chose GlowHost because they wrote Spam-O-Matic.
Perhaps other hosts are upgrading things that are stopping the program from working properly, while GlowHost is being more careful?

My site is an automotive related site, the only registration that comes by regularily is one where they register with BMW in a field I call "Cars I Own". There is occasionally a post attempt with the registration.
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