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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: (547 votes - 4.79 average) Installs: 4685
Released: 05 Aug 2010 Last Update: 28 May 2013 Downloads: 23424
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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
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 30 Nov 2011, 00:10
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HMBeaty HMBeaty is offline
Join Date: Sep 2005
Real name: Brooks
Originally Posted by ForumUserStarte View Post
The first time I tried, I got this "Importing Product, Please Wait..." and waiting for hours without completion

the second time I tried it, I got this error

Database error in vBulletin 4.1.3:

Invalid SQL:
CREATE TABLE IF NOT EXISTS `vb_glowhostspamomatic_log`(
`email` VARCHAR(255) NOT NULL,
`username` VARCHAR(255) NOT NULL,
`message` VARCHAR(255) NOT NULL,
`is_blocked` TINYINT NOT NULL DEFAULT "0",
`user_hash` VARCHAR(50) NOT NULL,
`user_id` INT NOT NULL

MySQL Error : You have an error in your SQL syntax; check the manual that corresponds to your MySQL server version for the right syntax to use near 'TYPE=MyISAM' at line 10
Error Number : 1064
Request Date : Wednesday, November 30th 2011 @ 12:21:08 AM
Error Date : Wednesday, November 30th 2011 @ 12:21:08 AM
Script :
Referrer :
IP Address :
Username : admin
Classname : vB_Database
MySQL Version : 5.5.8
The fix for this has already been provided many times throughout this thread, check the last few pages or so.
"Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time!"
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Old 30 Nov 2011, 16:51
vivaciti vivaciti is offline
Join Date: Mar 2008
(COPPA) Users Awaiting Moderation

Since installing this mod every time a user joins up (if not spammer) it says "Sent to vBulletin Registration System" but the user is then sat in the (COPPA) Users Awaiting Moderation primary usergroup rather than registered user. Am I missing some config for this mod as I can't see anywhere in the mod to alter the group it places users in.

Cheers in advance.
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Old 30 Nov 2011, 18:39
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ForceHSS ForceHSS is offline
Join Date: Apr 2008
check coppa settings in mod and normal settings in options
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Old 01 Dec 2011, 18:01
vivaciti vivaciti is offline
Join Date: Mar 2008
Cant see anything in the options for this, we dont even use COPPA in VB and its turned off.

Any other ideas, dont want to dump it if I can help it.
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Old 02 Dec 2011, 07:01
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ForceHSS ForceHSS is offline
Join Date: Apr 2008
Originally Posted by vivaciti View Post
Cant see anything in the options for this, we dont even use COPPA in VB and its turned off.

Any other ideas, dont want to dump it if I can help it.
have you checked the settings in this mod as you have it turned on some where
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Old 03 Dec 2011, 00:21
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Alfa1 Alfa1 is offline
Join Date: Dec 2005
Please consider to add Bad Behavior to SOM.

Its the one thing that is missing. vB BB works well, but the developer doesn't have the time to keep it up to date.
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Old 03 Dec 2011, 09:36
Vick98 Vick98 is offline
Join Date: Nov 2010
Excellent mod! Works for 4.1.8.

Last edited by Vick98; 03 Dec 2011 at 09:57.
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Old 04 Dec 2011, 12:35
MXjunk127 MXjunk127 is offline
Join Date: Apr 2005
Real name: Keith
So, I cannot absolutely attribute this to your mod, but I installed it on 4.1.8 a few days ago and some of my new users are not being registered correctly...Infact, they are showing up as guests...However, guests are not supposed to be allowed to post (per permissions), and although their user names show in the newbies usergroup via the adminCP, none of their info (even email or username) is viewable in the user view of the adminCP....Kinda not good on my live forum...

The users that show of as guests show they cleared the system and got sent to registration, and they show as recently registered...

"Passed StopForumSpam checks. Sent to vBulletin Registration System."

Other Products installed:

Auto Database Backup
Change Author And Date
GlowHost - Spam-O-Matic
Make Prefixes Clickable to Filter Forumdisplay
Members who have Visited
Min Post Count / Days Registered to Use Polls BOP5
More Share Options for VB4 by BOP5 Light
One Touch Ban & Cleaner
Prevent Double Posts
Save Users' Old Email Addresses
Separate Sticky and Normal Threads
Social Networking in Postbit & Profile

Any Help would be appreciated, thanks!

Last edited by MXjunk127; 04 Dec 2011 at 12:40.
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Old 04 Dec 2011, 23:51
GTX2 GTX2 is offline
Join Date: Jun 2006
I've noticed a problem, what happens to Users Waiting Email Confirmation usergroup !?
I no longer can see which users have confirmed their email or not....
is there any way to put this mod working only after user confirms email and not right after registering !?!?

Edit: sorry, saw someone earlier found this issue... it would really be great to still be able to have users confirming their email, just for validation as i receive many many registrations with wrong/invalid email.

Last edited by GTX2; 05 Dec 2011 at 00:50.
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Old 05 Dec 2011, 03:29
tkr reptiles tkr reptiles is offline
Join Date: Aug 2011
Is this going to be updated for 4.1.7 and 4.1.8? After upgrading to 4.1.7, this doesn't work half as good as it did on 4.1.5...

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Old 06 Dec 2011, 00:48
vivachina vivachina is offline
Join Date: Oct 2005

I think there is an small bug. When settings default usergroup for newbies.

Newbies Manager: Newbies Group ID
The group ID that new users will be put into immediately after successfully registering.

What is successful registration?
I have set email verification as first step.
So, my successful registration comes when the newcomer confirms his email.

But Spam-O-Matic moves the newcomer to Newbies Group ID without waiting for email confirmation. And should have move after email confirmation.

My mistake. This was reported several. Any fix or workaround?

Last edited by vivachina; 06 Dec 2011 at 01:01. Reason: Already post
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Old 06 Dec 2011, 18:56
watty005 watty005 is offline
Join Date: Apr 2010
Real name: Craig
How do I delete those 'web hosting' links in the footer of my forum??
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Old 06 Dec 2011, 20:06
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ForceHSS ForceHSS is offline
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Originally Posted by watty005 View Post
How do I delete those 'web hosting' links in the footer of my forum??
remove them from the stop o matic options
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Old 08 Dec 2011, 17:53
Froberg Froberg is offline
Join Date: Jan 2006
.. Considering I currently have 2000+ posts awaiting moderation, I'd say that the effectiveness has fallen dramatically.

Anyone else experiencing this?

Oh, should mention.. this accumulated over a few days. Even had to ban newbies from commenting on blogs since they can't be spam-o-matified, and the bots were posting there...

Last edited by Froberg; 08 Dec 2011 at 18:20.
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Old 09 Dec 2011, 01:49
bcilloniz bcilloniz is offline
Join Date: Nov 2008
Seems to be working ok... żAnyway to see the: "15 Spammers Denied Registration"?

I leave one web hosting link on my footer

Thanks for this mode.
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