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XF 1.1 Hundreds of pharma spam threads

Discussion in 'XenForo Questions and Support' started by Fergal, Mar 30, 2013.

  1. Fergal

    Fergal Member

    After visiting our relatively new forum this morning, I discovered that over 300 spam threads promoting pharmaceutical drugs, had been posted over night. I've banned the members and blocked their IP addresses.

    How can I prevent this from happening again?

  2. RobParker

    RobParker Well-Known Member

    Look into some of the spam protection.

    I've always found that adding some unique Question/Answer captchas made the biggest difference.
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  3. Taxi

    Taxi Member

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  4. craigiri

    craigiri Well-Known Member

    Yeah, do ALL of the above.
    The first three things you want to do....

    1. QA captcha will a question that only your real users would know.
    2. Set about 15 seconds on the timer - any registrations quicker than this are probably a bot.
    3. Make sure they have email confirmation

    Those should take care of 90% plus - then you can set up some of the other stuff....

    When my stuff is working, I get less than 1 out of 1,000 attempts who actually get in.

    Oh, if you are not using profiles, turn them off.
    Install Xenutilities from Jaxel and set up Stop Forum Spam.
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  5. Fergal

    Fergal Member

    Thanks everyone for your helpful replies. I will try implementing those suggestions.

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