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Stop the Registration Bots
Mod Version: 4.0.2, by noppid (Member) noppid is offline
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vB Version: 4.2.0 Rating: (21 votes - 4.52 average) Installs: 306
Released: 16 Jun 2010 Last Update: 07 Feb 2013 Downloads: 2176
Not Supported DB Changes Uses Plugins Template Edits Auto-Template Additional Files Translations  

Stop the Registration Bots for vBulletin 4.2.0 PL3 and up.

This mod will check the the time it takes for a vBulletin registration form to be submitted. If the form is submitted faster then humanly possible, the registration will be denied and the admin contact can be emailed about the event.

First we will add a custom hidden field with a hash. Second we will insert a randomly named hidden field with a random value. This should make it a bit difficult to program a bot since the field names on all sites will be different as well as the values.

Time stamps to check the time spent on registration submission are stored in a DB table and private.

Installation is very easy.
Template edits.
Files to upload.
Product xml file to import.

Backup your database before any install or upgrade.

To upgrade from 2.x to 4.0.2, remove the existing Stop the Registration Bots product in the ACP and then follow the installation file instructions.


History

4.0.2
Added 10 minute delete interval
Fixed bug in part 3
updated table query
removed old hook code from product.

4.0.1
modify phrase vars
modified install instructions for 4.2.0 pl3 templates.

4.0.0
modified to work with vB 4.x.

2.0.2
Edited file includes/stb_reg_process.php
Added IP and Proxy IP to email notification.

2.0.1
Added tabindex="1" to input box template edit.
Fixed onsubmit code in input box template edit.

2.0.0
Conversion from vB 3.x version to vB 4.x
Reduced template edits to one.
Edited all arrays to include single quotes.
Removed ACP Setting StopBotReg_rulespage_hash
Removed Rules page instructions. All one page now.
Removed file includes/stb_reg_signup.php
Removed hook register_signup
Edited includes/cron/strb_cron_job.php Removed Rules page query.
Removed `rf_name` and `rf_value` fields from DB table.
Moved register_form_start hook code to register_form_complete hook
New Phrases
stop_reg_bot_please_wait
stop_reg_bot_seconds_more
stop_reg_bot_seconds_remaining
Removed phrase stop_reg_bot_enter_prereg_name
Removed phrase setting_StopBotReg_rulespage_hash_title
Removed phrase setting_StopBotReg_rulespage_hash_desc

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  #31  
Old 16 Dec 2010, 12:03
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Originally Posted by aileron79 View Post
Also, is there a way to block certain IP addresses and/or email-addresses from registering?
From your admincp go to User Banning Options

If you enable aggressive email banning you can ban email domains.

for example two off my list
@goodinternetmoney.com
@skinacneremedytreatmentproduct.com

as long as aggressive email banning is enabled no user will be able to register with those domains.
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Old 13 Jan 2011, 20:08
Palehorse74480 Palehorse74480 is offline
 
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Is there a way to stop the harvesters that suck up bandwidth coming from proxies? like say torservers.net?
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Old 13 Jan 2011, 20:33
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Join Date: Nov 2010
I've had some difficulty with this. I'm running version 4.1.0 once i follow the instructions to install the mod (including the template edit), my registration page is inaccessible. Basically tells me that the page is configured incorrectly.

Anyone else tried the mod on 4.1.0? Once I remove the mod, the registration page goes back to normal.
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Old 25 Jan 2011, 00:11
1320Nation 1320Nation is offline
 
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I have the Minimum Time for Registration Submission set at 65 seconds. How is it possible for someone to still be able to register in 7 seconds? Is there something I can do to cure this? (Currently using: vBulletin 4.1.0 Patch Level 2)
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Old 13 Mar 2011, 18:00
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noppid,

Can you please update this for vB 4.1.2 +

Thanks man.....great mod btw!!
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Old 17 Mar 2011, 07:51
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An excellent plugin! I've been using the older version with vB 3.x for quite some time now - I had just upgraded last night to vB 4.1.2 and had to shut down all of my 3.8 mods and plugins. This morning I had a crapload of new registrations in the moderators queue - 99% bots <sigh>.

Thank you for upgrading this hack for 4.1.2 - I installed it in minutes and within seconds it was stopping the "bots".

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By the way, I have a number of fields for new members to fill out. For instance "Tell us something interesting about yourself" "How did you find us?" "What are your favorite bands or films", plus more. This takes more than 30 seconds to fill out, so this catches these bots easily (most filling the form out in a couple of seconds - I have this plugin set at 30 seconds). Some do slip through since there are "slow" bots, but since I moderate all sign ups, these are deleted no prob.
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Old 04 Apr 2011, 13:36
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Originally Posted by bryanb View Post
By the way, I have a number of fields for new members to fill out. For instance "Tell us something interesting about yourself" "How did you find us?" "What are your favorite bands or films", plus more. This takes more than 30 seconds to fill out, so this catches these bots easily (most filling the form out in a couple of seconds - I have this plugin set at 30 seconds). Some do slip through since there are "slow" bots, but since I moderate all sign ups, these are deleted no prob.
how did you create the custom questions??

my site - OS.Care

I think I need to get a combination such as yourself. I am wondering whether it is a mod or an edited .php file(s)..

regards,

-NeNe
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Old 30 Apr 2011, 14:32
blake247 blake247 is offline
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
If you're using the new vbulletin mobile app with your site, this addon will prevent users from registering.
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Old 31 May 2011, 13:27
madkeen madkeen is offline
 
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Disables the Registration process on 4.1.3

Would love an update that works with 4.1.3
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Old 29 Sep 2011, 04:43
OrbzGaming OrbzGaming is offline
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Thanks for this, Couldn't figure out why I had 2,000 plus members and no posts. Bots.
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Old 13 Oct 2011, 05:18
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does anybody know if this works on 4.1.6, or the latest 4.1.7?
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Old 14 Oct 2011, 19:54
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Originally Posted by bongwater View Post
does anybody know if this works on 4.1.6, or the latest 4.1.7?
Maybe, but I doubt it will help anything as all the spammers we get nowadays are actual humans. Good Q&A will stop the bots.
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Old 16 Dec 2011, 20:47
caper12 caper12 is offline
 
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I have looked everywhere. What file am I looking for in the registration template? Is it a php file? I did find a register.php but that didn't have the lines that the instructions say need to be modified

I have 4.0.8 Vbulletin
Thanks
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Old 14 Jan 2012, 22:47
DAMINK DAMINK is offline
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Does not appear to be working anymore for me with 4.1.10
I tried reinstalling and still no luck.
I have it set at 20 seconds but can hit the "Complete Registration" instantly.
Is this a problem my end or a problem with 4.1.10?
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Old 26 Jan 2012, 14:43
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Originally Posted by DAMINK View Post
Does not appear to be working anymore for me with 4.1.10
I tried reinstalling and still no luck.
I have it set at 20 seconds but can hit the "Complete Registration" instantly.
Is this a problem my end or a problem with 4.1.10?
I'm running 4.1.10 vbulletin with this mod installed. Havn't encountered any problems as of yet.

Getting 5 to 10 emails a day about blocked registrations. My human members don't have a problem registering either.

Only thing I would like to do is find a way to make it post up in my Admin forums each time it blocks someone.
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