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Ban Spiders by User Agent
Mod Version: 3.1.2, by Simon Lloyd (Coder) Simon Lloyd is offline
Developer Last Online: Jan 2020 I like it Show Printable Version Email this Page

vB Version: 4.x.x Rating: (64 votes - 4.86 average) Installs: 486
Released: 09 Aug 2011 Last Update: 18 Dec 2014 Downloads: 1931
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What this mod does
With this mod you can enter User Agents to watch or ban, you can also recieve emails or have an Output.txt created and updated with time and date of visits. It doesn't just have to be spiders, you can watch, log or ban any useragent!

How to install
Simply import the product ban_spider, the mod is active by default but none of the other options are turned on.

What is a UserAgent?

Understanding a UserAgent string

Genuine User Getting Blocked?

Tools to help


How does it work?

What's a bot?

How do i ban a bot?

Where's output.txt located?

Bad bot lists

Tested on vb3.7.x, vB3.8.x , vB4.x.x but should work on any version.

Special thanks to:
for helping me sort out a few issues

...and beta testers

ForceHSS (Special thanks to Force for latest testing)

If you use this please mark as INSTALLED

9th June 2011 Orginal xml added
12th June 2011 Added both email notification and text file logging
22nd June 2011 Version 2.0.0, Added create thread on activity
  1. Added match facility you can now use something like Yandex and it will match MOZILLA/5.0 (COMPATIBLE; YANDEXBOT/3.0; +HTTP://YANDEX.COM/BOTS)
  2. Added clickable link to visited thread
22nd September 2011 added user redirect url selection
08th October Beta testing started for thread creation.
20th October Beta testing started for emailing.
21st October Beta testing complete Ver 3.0.0 uploaded
29th October minor fix added to cope with empty userid on thread creation
30th October Beta testing automatic redirection to spiders/bots IP
31st October New xml uploaded with automatic redirect to IP
25th November Minor fix for blank forumid fixed
26th November 2011 Fixed version check & create thread Off by default
17th December 2014 Version 3.1.0 uploaded, Hook changed extra logging and statistics added by Ozzy47 (Chris)
18th December 2014 Version 3.1.1 uploaded, prevented spiders being counted when mod turned off.
17th December 2014 Version 3.1.2 uploaded, due to rogue code from another mod
The Bad Bots list is now included in the product
Please prune out all those that you wish to be able to see your site (i suggest you definately prune out "DA" and "Custo" :

Support will now only be given to those who have this mod marked as INSTALLED

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Miscellaneous Hacks Ban Spiders by User Agent Simon Lloyd vBulletin 3.8 Add-ons 188 20 Jul 2015 12:34

Old 22 Jan 2020, 09:36
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Simon did you checked the forum ?

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