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Ultimate Spambot Killer (Stable)
Mod Version: 2.0.0, by y2ksw (Coder) y2ksw is offline
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vB Version: 3.7.x Rating: (1 vote - 5.00 average) Installs: 29
Released: 04 Nov 2008 Last Update: 01 Jan 2013 Downloads: 239
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With this software, your board connects to one of the most powerful email checking engines available. The engine itself is accessed and maintained remotely. For this reason, product updates are rare.

Please try this product first on a test board. It requires access to an external URL via CURL or fopen().

If you experience timeouts, white pages or similar during the registration process of a new user, your hosting plan does not allow to access external pages or is generally overloaded. In order to complete a remote request, the script timeout should allow for 30 seconds of execution. Most requests are returned after a few seconds, but some DNS or mail servers may take more time to reply.

If CURL is installed, this will be used as the preferred method, else fopen(). One of the methods must allow to access external sites else it won't work at all.

New for version 1.1.3:
- Missing Scheduled Task Entry.

New for version 1.1.2:
- Daily cron-job for setting Update IP Censor List to your vBulletin User Banning Options. This feature retrieves the most recent blacklisted IP addresses and simply denies access to notoriously known spammers and spam sustainers. In the options, you may refer to a different script. This cron-job is by default disabled. You may switch it on in your vBulletin Scheduled Tasks. Also, it will need to set Enable Banning Options: Yes in order to make this feature work. Please note that if enabled, eventually existing IP Censor List entries are replaced.
- Time-zone restrictions for new users. When new users register from an unsupported time-zone, you may deny access or place those users in the moderation queue.

New for version 2.0.0:
- General service revision (backend)
- Detailed error messages during registration. This makes it easier for your subscribers to understand, why an email box is rejected, but also to spammers how to circumvent. Now it is up to you to decide what information to show and what to hide - using the translation system (phrase prefix: usk_).

- No options, no files, no tasks, no time-zones, no user moderation, just a backend call and a reply.

If you wish to use version 2+, please uninstall the 1+ versions first.

Compatibility: vBulletin 3.6.5+, 3.7.x, 3.8.x, 4.x

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Old 14 May 2009, 22:56
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y2ksw y2ksw is offline
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Surprisingly, it has worked out the USpam Service is being most useful to rather large organisations, such as hosting providers, software houses and military sites.

Over time, the number of medium-small forum users has significantly dropped, while it is increasingly used by the large structures.

For this reason, we will further optimize the service for large structures, and implement additional features which will allow them to maintain their services with more ease.

Forum users will be able to continue to use the service, but further development of the vbulletin product has been discontinued.
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Old 02 Jun 2010, 14:17
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Short resume:

After over 2 million service calls and two years of operation, the gap between spammer and legimit registration attempts becomes evidently larger. In the beginning we had a range about 60:40%, while now progressively reaching 30:70%.

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Old 06 Jun 2010, 06:08
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would this slow down the site due to extra external checking ?
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Old 06 Jun 2010, 09:40
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Yes, it does a little, like 3-5 seconds during the registration phase. It does not operate in other phases.

The longest waiting period happens to be in the moment where a registration request is made, and the email box is verified externally.

If a spambot or human spammer is already known, the request typically requires much less than 1 second, because its record is already on database.
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