Fighting the War Against Web Site Spam Bots
The last days I have been fighting in the war against the latest spam bot soldiers like a maniac.
I own and manage over 70 web sites. This includes different forums, directories, blogs, topsites, article submission sites and you name it.
Very recently there is a new wave of spam. The default captcha for vBulletin is now not working against spam bots, also not the submission rules for the PHP Link Directory.
After winning a few combats I can now finally rest, a little.
Here are some weapons I used to fight this spam war:
PHP Link Directory version 3 or above
Follow these instructions to stop getting spam: http://www.phplinkdirectory.com/forum/showpost.php?p=46424&postcount=13
Follow these instructions to delete if you got massive amount of spam: http://www.phplinkdirectory.com/forum/showpost.php?p=46308&postcount=1
vBulletin version 3.5 and up
Follow these instructions exactly: http://www.vbulletin.com/forum/showpost.php?p=1193538&postcount=28
vBulletin version 3.6 and up
Install this Enhanced Captcha Image Verification: http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showthread.php?t=132482
Install the following plugins:
If you know how to do PHP programming I recommend you to completely disable and erase trackbacks (but not pingbacks). I did that but I am afraid I don't remember how I did.
Aardvark Topsites PHP
See this post: https://www.jimwestergren.com/stop-the-topsites-spam/
This article is going to be regularly updated with the latest weapons in this war, feel welcome to bookmark it.
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