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Old 29 Oct 2013, 19:23
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Dont guess at what needs doing, if you want to uninstall it properly follow the instructions in this thread:
http://www.unix.com/showthread.php?t=238951
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Old 29 Oct 2013, 19:40
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Originally Posted by Simon Lloyd View Post
Dont guess at what needs doing, if you want to uninstall it properly follow the instructions in this thread:
http://www.unix.com/showthread.php?t=238951
Think you missed my post as I posted the same instructions link.

In addition, those rewrite rules only cover 3 combinations and not all which is what screwed me. I had the same urls set up as Vbseo I believe with the forum numbers instead of forum titles and there is no rule up there for that and nobody seems to know of one. I could not be more upset with Vbseo and the damage it has done to one of my sites.
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Old 29 Oct 2013, 19:46
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Originally Posted by RichieBoy67 View Post
Yeah, nice..selling fixes to profit from Vbseo demise. And you don't post public because of policy?

Anyhow, Vbseo is gone I think without a word to anyone about it or any support what so ever. Nice bunch of people there..
Whether I sell a fix or not... that's up to me.

I am providing you a SERVICE, as I did all the work to find out how to fix vBSEO and make it work. Which means I have created files and found a way to make it work. It means my time was spent on it, and the least anyone could do is also compensate me for that work.

Just like other coders here, they could sell their work. And, yes some of them do.

my vBSEO works fine now and several people have contacted me for the fixes to make it work. Those people are super happy, because their vBSEO is also running perfectly now. No problems so far and this is the BEST short term solution.

Originally Posted by r5e View Post
I actually had disabled vbseo plugins some time ago, then later removed them and deleted all the files. However, I have still got the suspect file versions tool reporting vbseo files missing. I realised I still had .htaccess and have since amended that, but still I have this problem.

Additionally, my site will only work when I disable plugins globally, even though I have individually disabled each plugin. It just started happening suddenly last week (like the others I also hear about). I have re-uploaded every single file (from a fresh 4.2.2 download), but somehow remnants of VBSEO hang on and I can't seem to remove it properly from my site.

Does anyone know of a step by step process to properly remove it (apart from uninstalling the product and deleting the files - which I've already done)?
Well from what I know it was a fight between 2 family members. It got bad and the person running it at the top fired his family member(s) working there. From then on things went bad, because those family members did A LOT of the vBSEO work. Now without those staff members, it basically meant the end of vBSEO as time went on....

I've seen family fights ruin MANY businesses.... Probably one reason I would NEVER run a business with a family member.
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Old 29 Oct 2013, 20:17
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Originally Posted by RichieBoy67 View Post
Think you missed my post as I posted the same instructions link.

In addition, those rewrite rules only cover 3 combinations and not all which is what screwed me. I had the same urls set up as Vbseo I believe with the forum numbers instead of forum titles and there is no rule up there for that and nobody seems to know of one. I could not be more upset with Vbseo and the damage it has done to one of my sites.
It seems they do have one (kinda):
RewriteRule ^unix-desktop-dummies-questions-answers/$ /forumdisplay.php?f=33
So it appears you have to do each forum individually so if you have 30 forums you'll have to do this 30 times!, shame there's not a one line fixes all but then the hard work will be worth it and eventually you'll probably build new back links with the correct urls.
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Old 30 Oct 2013, 00:08
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Originally Posted by RichieBoy67 View Post
Are you getting any errors or anything like that? If not I would not worry about it but otherwise I am sure there are still vbseo tables left in your database.

Also, are you sure you removed all of the files?
Sadly I am getting errors. I cannot enable plugins at all (even though no VBSEO plugins remain and all other plugins are disabled). I have to globally disable plugins for my site to work at all.
I have removed all VBSEO files, but my suspect version checker is complaining about them missing - not complaining that they are present. I have checked the removal instructions, but this does me no good as I cannot go back and do them as I have no vbseo files or scripts to run, no plugins left to remove and no ability to download them, install them and try re-removal.
Is it possible that if there were VBSEO entries still in my database, that they could cause the suspect file versions to mis-report VBSEO files missing and also that it could cause plugins to malfunction, even if there were no VBSEO plugins mentioned in my list?
I have cleaned, deleted, reuploaded my site as much as I can, but the DB is about all that is left. How do I solve this?
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Old 30 Oct 2013, 00:24
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And you're also dead sure that there isn't anything in your .htaccess files relating to vbseo?
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Old 30 Oct 2013, 00:33
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Dead sure. There is a .htaccess file in my forum's root. It is identical to the one that came with the VB 4.2.2 download (in the \do_not_upload\rewrite\apache2 folder).

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

This is of course different to the VBSEO .htaccess file that used to be in my forum's root. Additionally, I can confirm that I have "Mod Rewrite Friendly URLS" turned on from my admincp.
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Old 30 Oct 2013, 00:44
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You will find vbseo in your database in:
(and they may not exist in all these places depending on your installation..etc)
adminutil
cron
cronlog
datastore (dont mess with this, after removing all other traces just edit a forum slightly and save to force a rebuild of the datastore)
language
phrase
plugin
product
productcode
setting
settinggroup
style
template

Make sure that all the files that have been listed for vbseo have been removed too.

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Old 30 Oct 2013, 05:50
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Originally Posted by Simon Lloyd View Post
It seems they do have one (kinda):
RewriteRule ^unix-desktop-dummies-questions-answers/$ /forumdisplay.php?f=33
So it appears you have to do each forum individually so if you have 30 forums you'll have to do this 30 times!, shame there's not a one line fixes all but then the hard work will be worth it and eventually you'll probably build new back links with the correct urls.
Totally not true.. Rafel wrote the rules for the urls I was using and there were just a few.

--------------- Added 30 Oct 2013 at 05:50 ---------------

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Dead sure. There is a .htaccess file in my forum's root. It is identical to the one that came with the VB 4.2.2 download (in the \do_not_upload\rewrite\apache2 folder).

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

This is of course different to the VBSEO .htaccess file that used to be in my forum's root. Additionally, I can confirm that I have "Mod Rewrite Friendly URLS" turned on from my admincp.

What errors are you getting besides seeeing them in your diagnostics?
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Old 30 Oct 2013, 06:13
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Thanks Simon.
Checking from phpMYAdmin, a search for "vbseo" turns up turns up 4055 entries in cronlog, these are mostly records of it creating "vbseo_sitemap_task". In the datastore, there are 2 - forumcache contains what looks like linkbacks on the homepage; vbseo_options contains what looks like my license and a whole bunch of config.
There are other smatterings in some posts and PMs, but these are just where someone's typed that text, so nothing sinister. There is a table called "searchcore_text" that seems to mention the same posts where this text appears.
I have 4 tables - vbseo_blacklist, vbseo_likes, vbseo_linkback and vbseo_serviceupdate. Only the linkback table contains data, which just looks like a few old linkbacks.

Without knowing too much about what I am doing, I suspect I can delete these last 4 tables altogether. Then I only need to worry about the vbseo_options and forumcache in the datastore. As I've been warned about messing with datastore, I'm not about to wade into delete these from phpMyAdmin. What would you recommend is the best way to clean this up?

--------------- Added 30 Oct 2013 at 06:16 ---------------

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What errors are you getting besides seeeing them in your diagnostics?
No other error, apart from the moment I globally activate plugins, I get no pages being served. I can only get my forum working with plugins deactivated (individually disabling all of them makes no difference). The only hints I can get for what might be causing this is VBSEO bits still hanging around.
I can also confirm that I've reverted all templates, but there was nothing changed there anyway.
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Old 30 Oct 2013, 06:25
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Any table that starts "vbseo.." you can delete safely, dont worry about the text in pms or posts, dont' mess with datastore but that can be refreshed by editing a forum, anywhere else where you have an entry for vbseo like "product" table you can remove that entire row (i recommend making a back up of any tables you intend to edit first just to be safe rather than sorry).

Did you search for "vbseo" or did you search for %vbseo%, so i'm asking did you use quotes to search for a specific term or did you use the wildcard % ?
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Old 30 Oct 2013, 06:49
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Thanks. I'll roll up my sleeves, backup and then get deleting. I will stay away from the datastore, but I will try to make forum edits and then see if this clears it.
When I searched, I didn't use any wildcard, I just entered vbseo in the search box.

--------------- Added 30 Oct 2013 at 11:13 ---------------

Have deleted most of what I think is offensive (left posts, PMs and cronlog entries). I left the datastore alone. I went to the forum manager in admincp and edited each of the 4 parent forums that are used (there are quite a few child forums). At first I tried simply clicking "edit" and then save. That seemed to make no difference, so I tried changing a property, saving, then putting it back and saving again. I also went to maintenance/rebuild forum information and ran this.
However, I look at the tables in the datastore and it still contains the same 2 vbseo tables as before.
When I run the suspect version checker, it still complains about vbseo files not found, as well as index and forum.php being wrong.

Is there something more drastic I should do with the datastore? Just editing and saving does not seem to remove these tables.
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Old 30 Oct 2013, 19:12
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Are you sure that vbseo isn't showing in the PRODUCT and/or PRODUCTCODE tables?
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Old 30 Oct 2013, 23:19
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Yes, positive it is not in either of these tables (as attached images show). When I searched on vbseo through my database, only the tables mentioned previously showed any matches. The product tables are clean and match what is shown from the admincp.
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