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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
Developer Last Online: Jun 2016 I like it Show Printable Version Email this Page

vB Version: 4.x.x Rating: (543 votes - 4.80 average) Installs: 4649
Released: 05 Aug 2010 Last Update: 28 May 2013 Downloads: 23165
Not 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!
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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 02 Apr 2011, 06:46
Phaedrus Phaedrus is offline
 
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there's a 3.x version.
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Old 02 Apr 2011, 06:58
420 420 is offline
 
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I saw that, however it is not supported anymore, so I was hoping we could use this one, so it would be supported.

Is that possible?
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Old 03 Apr 2011, 03:18
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A. probably not. It might but its not recommended as we have not tested it and it was not built for vB3. There is an older version that works on vB3 here. http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showthread.php?t=248470

It is not supported but then, neither is vBulletin 3 as of a few days ago.
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Old 03 Apr 2011, 17:26
janvm janvm is offline
 
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Not working for me under 4.1.2
When I activate the Plugin, The Newest Posts and the AdminCP are very buggy.
Please fix that. Ive hard problems with Spambots befor i start using your addon.
Regards
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Old 03 Apr 2011, 19:44
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Originally Posted by janvm View Post
Not working for me under 4.1.2
When I activate the Plugin, The Newest Posts and the AdminCP are very buggy.
Please fix that. Ive hard problems with Spambots befor i start using your addon.
Regards
I'd need a more detailed description than "very buggy" to fix anything.
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Old 04 Apr 2011, 11:14
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[QUOTE=GlowHost.com;2179750]Did you upload functions_ghsom.php into your includes folder?

Somehow, I forgot to upload that file. It's working for 10 minutes and has stopped a few spammers already. Marked as installed and MOM. Thanks for your efforts
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Old 04 Apr 2011, 13:29
janvm janvm is offline
 
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After using GlowHost with V 4.1.2 the didnt show at newest Posts any new post.
And at the AdminCP on every page I can only scroll to the half of Page.
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Old 04 Apr 2011, 14:21
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Originally Posted by janvm View Post
After using GlowHost with V 4.1.2 the didnt show at newest Posts any new post.
And at the AdminCP on every page I can only scroll to the half of Page.
I doubt its directly related to this mod. Does anyone else have this problem?
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Old 05 Apr 2011, 10:45
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Only Username Check?

Hi,
why is only the username checked and not the combination of both - username and ip or username and email?
We got false positives on common usernames like "honey" and "einstein".
Olli
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Old 05 Apr 2011, 16:23
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Originally Posted by Olli0815 View Post
Hi,
why is only the username checked and not the combination of both - username and ip or username and email?
We got false positives on common usernames like "honey" and "einstein".
Olli
Those are the default settings. If you want to change the default settings that are checked, or even make it so that the options you want are always checked/unchecked and not changeable by other admins or mods, then edit your settings in the admin area for this mod.
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Old 05 Apr 2011, 16:57
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Hi, after I installed this mod, the "what's going on" section had all its stylevar options returned to the default values, ignoring the current ones. Is there anyway to avoid that?
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Old 06 Apr 2011, 01:11
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Strange link to Chinese website after install. Java script code found.

OK now check this out.
I just installed the Spam-O-Matic. Now just above the main logo in the header I find A little box. 2pixel by 2 pixel. You can't see it with IE. unless you high light that area. It will show up with Fire fox. But if you have an I Pad you get an Icon that links you to a statical site in China. I will show the line of code in another post. Right now the code and information taken is being analyzed by my IT guy. The line of code will be posted later.
I'm not pointing fingers at this but I did want you to be aware that the download may have been compromised by someone.
I will upload the code later on so you can look to see if you have it also. This was installed on 4-2-11

Things that came up right after the install.

Here are the links to where the icon takes you. Click if you dare..
http://countt.51yes.com/index.asp?Id=485085618
http://www.cnzz.com/stat/website.php?Web_id=2858758
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File Type: jpg spy2.jpg (22.5 KB, 15 views)
File Type: jpg spy3.jpg (22.8 KB, 8 views)
File Type: jpg spy.jpg (59.2 KB, 6 views)

Last edited by camoit; 06 Apr 2011 at 01:17.
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Old 06 Apr 2011, 15:45
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I noticed that once the spammers figure out your board isn't a slut any more they drop off in number of attempts. When I first installed it I stopped over 500 spammers in a day well over 800 in a week, I upgraded and installed this version which restarted my counter and I've yet to reach 100...

I'm definitely going to nominate this one for MOM, it flat just does the job. Especially if they give me back my reporting options in the AdminCP.
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Old 07 Apr 2011, 20:35
camoit camoit is offline
 
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All right.. Here is the offending line of code that was causing the little box and all the spy ware to give red flags.


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

This line was injected some how.
It's path in the root folder \clientscript\yui\connection\connection-min.js
It is the very last line of code. Please look to see if you have been injected with this. If so remove this line..
Thankyou.
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Old 07 Apr 2011, 20:47
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Originally Posted by camoit View Post
All right.. Here is the offending line of code that was causing the little box and all the spy ware to give red flags.


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

This line was injected some how.
It's path in the root folder \clientscript\yui\connection\connection-min.js
It is the very last line of code. Please look to see if you have been injected with this. If so remove this line..
Thankyou.

What the heck!? is there a security hole in this mod?
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