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Old 21 Apr 2013, 00:12
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Angry How To Stop Bot Registers?

I have tried every option in VB to stop bot registers but they keep on coming. Image Verification, Re-Captcha and Questions and Answers have all been tried. I still get no less than a few hundred registers a day.

What can you do to stop these idiot spammers from registering accounts over and over ?
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Old 21 Apr 2013, 00:18
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Old 22 Apr 2013, 12:29
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Those two will stop spambots, and any automated spam, but if you are still getting spammed after using those, then it's down to human spammers, people who are paid to spam sites.

To block them you need to be a bit more clever.

There are various sites that give details of known human spammers, I use stopforumspam, they give out lists of usernames and IP's of known spammers.

Using that info, you can enter the usernames into your banned user name list, with the IP, go to your CPanel and add the IP to the "Deny IP manager" that will stop them even getting to your site, they will get a 404 persmission denied.

The problem is, as fast as you ban them, they will use a different username. so best to the IP way.
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Old 22 Apr 2013, 12:57
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Using that info, you can enter the usernames into your banned user name list, with the IP, go to your CPanel and add the IP to the "Deny IP manager" that will stop them even getting to your site, they will get a 404 persmission denied.

The problem is, as fast as you ban them, they will use a different username. so best to the IP way.
After awhile your .htaccess file will become 'bloated', and your forum will slow down due to the server checking the IP's against your .htaccess list. At the moment, vBulletin and spam are just becoming bombarded with spam, with not any really good way of stopping it, or slowing it down.

A better idea would be what Invision did with their forum software, which they scan all registrations usernames, IP's and emails, along side other forms of spam prevention which stops mostly all spam getting through. Spammers are banned and deleted after a certain period set by the admin. Would be nice if vBulletin had a similar system running, instead of spammers causing excessive queries, or just flooding your forum with rubbish.
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Old 22 Apr 2013, 18:45
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MyBB has some nice MODS to stop spamming, not 100% but they save a lot of hassle and deleting of posts.

One is called spamalyser, the other Spam muddler, both are automatic, perhaps some coder could look at them to see how adaptable they are for VB
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Old 22 Apr 2013, 19:16
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