XF 1.1 My Forum's Getting Lots Of Spam

System0

Active member
edit by jake - I just posted a resource that consolidates all of the information from this thread into one guide:
http://xenforo.com/community/resources/dealing-with-forum-spam.980/


I've never had any problems with spam before but when I checked my forum today I saw lots of spam threads. Some were in Russian though many were in English.

I checked some users and they had fully validated their account using Gmail. The spam is undoubtedly automated though.

Some users have signed up using the domain andasio.com.

At the moment I am getting a new thread every few minutes and the IP addresses are all different so there doesn't seem to be any way to stop it

(note: I haven't installed any new add ons or mods in a while so I don't think that's the issue)

I used to have this problem with vBulletin though this is the first time I've ever had a problem with XenForo. It's kind of taken me by surprise to be honest.

Any idea how this is happening and how I can stop it?

Thanks,
Kevin
 

lefty

New member
Yeah I'd contact Xenforo. If they can't do it, contact me and I'll try and make time later today to walk you through it. :)
Just wanted to drop an update. I contacted the fine folks at Xenforo and they were able to help me out with a re-install. Now I'm researching these anti-spam plug-ins to see which one(s) I want to install and how to install them. =)
 

Jake Bunce

Well-known member
You can't bypass Q&A. Test it yourself. Try to register without answering the question correctly.

If bots are registering despite Q&A that means they are answering the questions correctly.
 

yoghurtfarmer

Well-known member
You can't bypass Q&A. Test it yourself. Try to register without answering the question correctly.

If bots are registering despite Q&A that means they are answering the questions correctly.
Yes, my choice of words was off.

Either way, they've either gone through their list of Xenforo forums and figured out our Q&A answers or they've made their bot smarter because after a couple of months of peace, the XRumer bots are back.

Anyone know if http://areyouahuman.com is still working on a XF plugin?
 

ibenick

Active member
Is there a way to determine which Q&A questions have been figured out? Specifically, can we somehow see what question a spammer answered correctly? I have five Q&A's in rotation and I've only had a few spammers get through. It'd be nice to just remove the one they've learned and not have to come up with a whole new list of questions.
 

tenants

Well-known member
You could do this if you used CustomImgCaptcha (if you have the time to convert your QAs to images)
But I don't think there is an option in the core for normal QAs, I don't think it is logged.
 
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