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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: Aug 2019 I like it Show Printable Version Email this Page

vB Version: 4.x.x Rating: (552 votes - 4.80 average) Installs: 4720
Released: 05 Aug 2010 Last Update: 28 May 2013 Downloads: 23696
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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
English
German - Courtesy of [email protected] (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 09 Aug 2012, 03:31
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Some of the info you posted I already knew. I have never had a problem as I have always installed the right version needed and I know some forum admins are just to lazy to try and find there own fixes I am sure you see many posts of members asking for help (not just on these forums) but are to lazy to search for the answer. One of the reasons I don't answer a post right away gives them time to search. Another reason why I said what I did above as it makes others want to ask questions and search either here or google
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Old 12 Aug 2012, 18:41
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Is there a way to approve an initially rejected registration marked as spam? I do not see any such options.

All I see is this for the particular account in question:

2012-08-12 05:09:45 72.53.xxx.xxx wendydavis423 [email protected] Spam-O-Matic Tagged ip - 72.53.xxx.xxx - Spammer Found and rejected.
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Old 12 Aug 2012, 20:18
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Originally Posted by Chadi View Post
Is there a way to approve an initially rejected registration marked as spam? I do not see any such options.

All I see is this for the particular account in question:

2012-08-12 05:09:45 72.53.xxx.xxx wendydavis423 [email protected] Spam-O-Matic Tagged ip - 72.53.xxx.xxx - Spammer Found and rejected.

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

run this query just update the ip first

Last edited by ForceHSS; 12 Aug 2012 at 20:29.
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Old 16 Aug 2012, 16:21
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ForceHSS ForceHSS is offline
 
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Could be two things
1. You have vb3.8 and are using a plugin for vb4.x.x
2. Revert header template as you could have some php messed up in it
Or 3. Both 1 and 2
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Old 16 Aug 2012, 23:23
Elenna Elenna is offline
 
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Originally Posted by GlowHost.com View Post
Q. Does this mod work in vBulletin 3.x?
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
Marka,

You might want to try downloading and installing the one linked above. If this one was written for vB 4.x, there are likely code references which are not valid for vB 3.x boards. If you install it "on top of itself" (i.e. don't uninstall previous version, but upload files and import XML in "overwrite" mode), hopefully it will keep your settings and stats.
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Old 17 Aug 2012, 00:31
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Originally Posted by MARKA View Post
I realize that I am using a plugin for vb4.x. Indications in the beginning of this thread show that it works, however.

Regarding #2, are you saying to revert to the default header template for vB?

Thank you for your assistance. For the record, I am not all that versed with vB, and for the past years have had assistance running the forums. The person who ran my forums has gone on to greener pastures, so I am left to a crash course.
as to your header as you never pointed out it was default vb skin then the problem is because you are using a plugin for vb4 that will not work for vb3 as alot has changed in the php
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Old 17 Aug 2012, 02:02
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you can delete the post yourself
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Old 17 Aug 2012, 02:22
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Or we could just hang him in the public town square and stone him. I'd vote for that option just for the entertainment. Seriously, television is total crap these days.
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Old 19 Aug 2012, 13:11
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I am trying to install it on vBulletin 4.2 but I get this error, what gives?

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Old 19 Aug 2012, 15:50
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berryracer read this post: #1912
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Old 19 Aug 2012, 20:00
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I can't thank you enough for this mod, and can't believe I've never used it before! For some reason, for the past few days, I've had an influx of spammers joining, even though I have captcha, security questions and all the rest of it. It was beginning to take up so much of my time.

However, since I've installed this awesome mod just a few hours ago, it's already stopped 12 spammers from joining!

Once again, thank you!
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Old 20 Aug 2012, 06:41
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Originally Posted by angeljs View Post
I can't thank you enough for this mod, and can't believe I've never used it before! For some reason, for the past few days, I've had an influx of spammers joining, even though I have captcha, security questions and all the rest of it. It was beginning to take up so much of my time.

However, since I've installed this awesome mod just a few hours ago, it's already stopped 12 spammers from joining!

Once again, thank you!
My site just went from PR2 to PR3 but still the flood of spammers this weekend has been so strange. I keep checking the logs because I feel like legit new registrations are being banned. Every time though it checks out and is a spammer. I'm just using email as a criteria as well. Something like 80-85 this one weekend.
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Old 20 Aug 2012, 20:57
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Thank you so much for this mod. I installed it a while ago and wasn't automatically blocking new registrations because I only got 1 or 2 bad ones a day, starting last week I have been getting about 20 - 30 bad ones a day. I turned on blocking registrations that were in the StopForumSpam database and it has made my life so much easier.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!
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Old 22 Aug 2012, 11:16
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Seems to be working ok. Just installed it on 2 forums.

Is there a solution to the blog spammers?
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Old 22 Aug 2012, 16:48
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Nevermind, my bad.

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