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[GlowHost] Spam-O-Matic - Spam Firewall stops forum spam
Mod Version: 2.1.2, by (Coder) is offline
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vB Version: 4.x.x Rating: (557 votes - 4.79 average) Installs: 4738
Released: 05 Aug 2010 Last Update: 28 May 2013 Downloads: 23924
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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
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 (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

Get your StopForumSpam API Key Here

You can obtain an Akismet API key from
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
  • 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!
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, where it already is


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 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!


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.


Original concept credits go to the authors of vBStopForumSpam, MonkeyStop.

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Old 26 Mar 2016, 09:40
Teascu Dorin Teascu Dorin is offline
Join Date: Nov 2009
Real name: Teascu Dorin
Originally Posted by Termure View Post
.ro lang import error "XML Error: Invalid character at Line 151"
If you are trying to upload the Romanian language pack you need to do that from the ACP -> Languages & Phrases -> Download/Upload Languages -> Import Language XML File

Use this link for more details:
Cu Respect / Best Regards / Mit freundlichen Grüßen
roStyles Design LLC
Teascu Dorin
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Old 26 Mar 2016, 09:45
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Termure Termure is offline
Join Date: Oct 2011
i have the vb .ro lang, but was talking about spam o matic vblang-glowhostspamomatic-210_ro
Be cool ...
[email protected]
VB Suite 4.2.3
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Old 08 Apr 2016, 02:30
Duke49th Duke49th is offline
Join Date: Sep 2014
I have an issue with auto-moderation.
As soon as a user is banned/blocked or a post/thread is queued for moderation - I will not recv any message/PM/Email or any other kind of notification.
That means that I would need to look in the admin/moderator panel several times a day to check if something is blocked/banned or whatever. And I have to check the glowhost logs by hand.

How can I setup a notification for all actions or at least block/ban actions, please? (to all moderators/admins via Email)

There is an option for reported postings and warned users. But it seems that glowhost is not using this feature.
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Old 06 Jun 2016, 12:48
BT7 BT7 is offline
Join Date: Jan 2011
I have installed this one and working great so far. This is time saving for all VB users.
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Old 28 Jun 2016, 04:40
Paullus Paullus is offline
Join Date: Oct 2015
In the past week or so I've a number of bots (approx 1-2/day) register and post spam on my forum despite this mod installed. I've increased the number of questions for the human verification and yesterday I enabled the auto-moderation to prevent URLs posted by users with low post counts, and yet one managed to post today. I do not have any API keys either.

Is anyone else experiencing a recent decline in performance? From what I can tell the mod as been working flawlessly for almost a year with most spammers stopped at registration. No other changes have been made in the forum software. I'll try a uninstall/reinstall as well.

Any experiences or help would be appreciated.

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Old 28 Jun 2016, 05:38
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RichieBoy67 RichieBoy67 is offline
Join Date: Apr 2004
Real name: Richie
I would recommend the new recaptcha system. Use this for link posting denial and isee promotion.

Let us take care of your forum, seo, seo reports, maintenance, what ever you need. Need local seo? What about Dumpster Rental SEO?
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Old 21 Aug 2016, 06:55
Rutalk Rutalk is offline
Join Date: Dec 2007
All posts broken after install this

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

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Old 14 Sep 2016, 14:01
senchaservices senchaservices is offline
Join Date: Aug 2011
Check post's title for the bad words

First, thank you for this great plugin. It has helped tremendously! Also, sorry if this has already been mentioned in this thread, I tried searching but this thread has 200+ pages...

I was still getting posts through even though there were some words listed in my bad words list. Turns out, spammers may be smart after all because these words were in a post's title not the pagetext (body) of the post and checking the source I saw this conditional:

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

So it's only checking the body of the post. To add in the title, I changed it to:

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

Now it will catch keywords in the title also. So far no reports of issues (other than some false positives with my aggressive bad words entries).
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Old 21 Sep 2016, 07:50
rory2000 rory2000 is offline
Join Date: Jan 2012
Real name: Rory
Feature Request


The best mod by far and i have donated !

Can you add an option so that its easier to select multiple spammers and submit them all at once ?

Yesterday i got spammed 175 times !!! even with the new recapcha installed and i had to go into each user and submit them one by one via the drop down option: Spam-O-Matic - Remove and Ban User

Possible new feature:

ACP>Users>"Prune/ Move Users" and then "Action:" at the bottom of the page when you have filtered the users you want click Spam-O-Matic - Remove and Ban User all at once (also no need to click the link to confirm)

I just need a quick and easy way to select multiple users and do the following:

- submit user details to Akismet database
- submit user details to database
- remove the user
- remove the user threads
- remove the user posts
- remove the user PMs
- remove the user calendar events

Please can this feature be added, im sure many people would like it a lot !
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Old 05 Oct 2016, 11:54
givememyleg givememyleg is offline
Join Date: Jun 2009

I installed this and it's greatly helping to prevent the amount of spam I'm receiving... thanks for that!

However, the bots are getting around this by pasting the url in the thread title like this:

Post: garbage spam

Is there anyway to block new threads, or queue them for moderation, if they contain "http://" or something similar in the thread title? No normal users use "http://" in the thread titles, 100% of the time it's spam.

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Old 06 Oct 2016, 13:00
Morrus Morrus is offline
Join Date: Jan 2002
Originally Posted by givememyleg View Post

I installed this and it's greatly helping to prevent the amount of spam I'm receiving... thanks for that!

However, the bots are getting around this by pasting the url in the thread title like this:

Post: garbage spam

Is there anyway to block new threads, or queue them for moderation, if they contain "http://" or something similar in the thread title? No normal users use "http://" in the thread titles, 100% of the time it's spam.

Yeah, this is quite a global problem right now.
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Old 11 Oct 2016, 16:21
givememyleg givememyleg is offline
Join Date: Jun 2009
Originally Posted by Morrus View Post
Yeah, this is quite a global problem right now.
you'd think it'd be easy enough to censor titles only, but i'm unable to find anything...
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Old 31 Oct 2016, 19:19
Teascu Dorin Teascu Dorin is offline
Join Date: Nov 2009
Real name: Teascu Dorin
I get the following error on install, how can I fix?

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

L.E. I have found the issue. Was caused by a different wrong PHPMyAdmin encoding for database tables, other then the ones existing.
Cu Respect / Best Regards / Mit freundlichen Grüßen
roStyles Design LLC
Teascu Dorin

Last edited by Teascu Dorin; 31 Oct 2016 at 19:45. Reason: Issue solved
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Old 13 Nov 2016, 21:23
mhep mhep is offline
Join Date: Jan 2013
Lately, some threads are not being moderated, but the post still is. This is leaving threads live even though the posts are being moved to moderation as they should. Any idea what is causing this?

In other words, in Activity or a Sub Forum view users can still click on the thread, which takes them to nothing, really, because the first post of the thread is indeed correctly moderated. Happens about 20-30% of the time lately. Getting dozens a day.
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Old 11 Dec 2016, 17:36
garyb12001 garyb12001 is offline
Join Date: Jun 2010
I had this installed on my forum and it was exploited ( redirect). Just an FYI, especially since it no longer appears to be a supported plugin.

Last edited by garyb12001; 11 Dec 2016 at 17:45.
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