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This support board is to be used for discussing how to use YaBB's built in spam, banning, and Guardian tools, as well as any mods that may be added to enhance functionality. The goal is to reduce the amount of advertising, flooding, and automated registrations in a YaBB forum.
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Update Session
For those who are NOT using their password as their Session Update answer, please go to your User CP and re-input your answer. We've changed how the answers are saved to avoid problems with non-Englis...

Started Jun 12th, 2014 at 11:51pm by Dandello
1 1,086 Last Post Jun 18th, 2014 at 1:44pm
By: vteams
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My worst spammers -
This is a topic stub for posting 'who, what, when, where' on spammers or ghost registrants on YOUR YaBB board - i.e. Share the infos here!

Started Dec 5th, 2011 at 10:37pm by JonB
13 15,781 Last Post Oct 12th, 2014 at 3:27pm
By: Santos Lawrence
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Alert!- Change the default questions in DB's Anti-Spam Question
I have a for-sure report that some SPAM-bots have been programmed with the default Q & A of Derek' Barnstorm's excellent Anti-spam Question Mod (now part of the YaBB core),  I am awaiting details if t...

Started Jan 28th, 2013 at 4:35pm by JonB
3 1,491 Last Post Nov 29th, 2013 at 3:20pm
By: Bill Myers
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YaBB Anti-spam Hit Squad - Invitation to Admins
I have formed a working committe/group using Google Groups to function as a single-point-of-exchange for Ideas, Information and Solutions for fighting Forum Spam on YaBB forums. Although the group is ...

Started Nov 20th, 2011 at 5:11pm by JonB
5 2,697 Last Post Mar 26th, 2012 at 5:24pm
By: Bill Myers
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How to Quickly Clean up Ghost Registrations
I am embarrassed to say I did not stumble upon this earlier -
Admin Center > View Delete Members > Bottom of Page
Set 'Equal to' '0' 'Number of Posts' ~ Bingo Checked!~

[color=#ff0000]I whack...

Started Nov 22nd, 2011 at 5:42am by JonB
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0 1,854 Last Post Nov 22nd, 2011 at 5:42am
By: JonB
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Anti-Spam Tools for YaBB [updated 11/20]
Recently there has been a huge upswelling of Forum Spam.  There are two varieties Bot driven (whihc is amenable to using 'tools' against) and Human driven (I call 'em hu-bots) - which requires active ...

Started Nov 19th, 2011 at 6:57pm by JonB
1 2,484 Last Post Nov 20th, 2011 at 10:22pm
By: JonB
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Spam attack
Most everyone here knows how I used to brag about the way I set up my anti-spam question to prevent spam registrations. In case you don't already know, I had an image of the map of Louisiana at the bo...

Started Dec 15th, 2014 at 1:42am by WestwegoMan
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6 63 Last Post Dec 20th, 2014 at 11:40pm
By: Red Barchetta
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Yabb 2.5 under attack
Last year I had an attack in a similar manor where every day a guy was trying scripts until he finally took my forum down.
It has started all over again and am very concerned, although I have bac...

Started Oct 2nd, 2014 at 5:49pm by VinceC
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13 133 Last Post Oct 6th, 2014 at 3:11pm
By: VinceC
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Clean Up Ghost Registrations - Even Faster
The post by JonB at the top of this thread,
does work on my YaBB 2.4 board, but you can only do one page (15 members) at a time.  Because...

Started Apr 21st, 2013 at 7:33am by Jerry Krinock
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8 2,084 Last Post Aug 19th, 2014 at 4:53pm
By: Dandello
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Whats is happening with my registrations?
I have a forum that is pretty new. It is my first and I have to admit that I am a real newbie. I have set it up so a new user has to verify their email and provide the captcha.
My question is tha...

Started Apr 22nd, 2014 at 3:07pm by Hank44
8 446 Last Post May 8th, 2014 at 10:04pm
By: ------
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Forker's Attempts??
I wonder what this forker was trying with all those file extensions??

Started Apr 7th, 2014 at 12:30pm by Elrick.
3 267 Last Post Apr 7th, 2014 at 8:02pm
By: JonB
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A new file each second in Messages folder
Hi All,
I do not know whether this is the right place for posting our problem, so excuse me if im wrong and move it to the appropriate board.
We are supporting our forum for printers here:<...

Started Sep 23rd, 2013 at 2:10pm by StPenchev
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5 959 Last Post Sep 27th, 2013 at 12:46am
By: xnoddyx
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Impending denial of service.
Hello Admins,
The ever increasing volume of automated registration attempts has finally forced me to disable on-line guest registration. ie 'Select the registration scheme for this forum' set to ...

Started Sep 13th, 2013 at 11:28am by oldbrad
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5 2,046 Last Post Sep 14th, 2013 at 10:08am
By: xnoddyx
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Global and Server Settings
I am having crash issues (typically in the morning hours) due to what appears to be spamming attempts.  The error log shows I am getting multiple attempts per minute.  This fades in the afternoon and ...

Started Aug 20th, 2013 at 2:45pm by jc2823
2 1,056 Last Post Aug 22nd, 2013 at 11:49pm
By: Dandello
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Guardian reporting lots of Scripting and UNION abuse
I have a YaBB 2.4 Forum.  I usually get several messages from my forum's robot every day with subject The Guardian-(Macs & Bookmarks): Scripting Abuse Detected!   They've been coming more frequentl...

Started Aug 6th, 2013 at 11:25pm by Jerry Krinock
3 1,015 Last Post Aug 7th, 2013 at 11:02pm
By: Dandello
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Forum traffic, possible attack
For quite some time I have the very big problem that someone, either one or maybe more people seem to try archiving the complete page including the forums. Since the forum ( grew pre...

Started Jul 23rd, 2013 at 10:39am by Smirftsch
3 1,113 Last Post Jul 25th, 2013 at 1:17am
By: xnoddyx
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Highlighted words and extra box
I am having am issue with highlighted words in the posts that are actually links to spam ads, this is something that just started a short while ago. My shoutbox has also doubled, the top is now rollin...

Started Apr 7th, 2013 at 6:19pm by Attila
4 1,447 Last Post Apr 8th, 2013 at 5:32pm
By: xnoddyx
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Removing thousands of spam posts
Helping out a friend with a forum that's been neglected for years, to the point where it has about 24,000 spam posts made by thousands of different users (bots). It's running on YaBB 2.1 btw.

Started Mar 21st, 2013 at 10:07pm by mw1197
13 3,049 Last Post Mar 25th, 2013 at 6:55am
By: Bill Myers
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ggn's YaBB CAPTCHA hack
Heh, I never thought of looking around for anti-spambot modules for yabb, so I went and hacked in my own Smiley.
So, at the CAPTCHA that nee...

Started Dec 25th, 2011 at 5:03pm by ggn
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30 2,408 Last Post Mar 15th, 2013 at 6:48am
By: Bill Myers
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Spambots as DDoS?
My forum ( has been under constant assault by spambots for some time now. While various security features in YaBB have prevented most automated registr...

Started Jan 5th, 2013 at 7:36am by George Maschke
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17 725 Last Post Mar 14th, 2013 at 12:10am
By: xnoddyx
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Better protection for "PM to admin" function?
The registration in Y2.5.2 is quite well protected against spam bots. But "PM to admin" is not. The only "protection" is the captcha which does not prevent the bots from using it anyway. I just got an...

Started Feb 16th, 2013 at 7:52pm by Homer J. S.
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15 2,827 Last Post Feb 19th, 2013 at 7:28pm
By: Dandello
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Spam help needed with YaBB 2.4
Hi guys,
I have spent an hour reading this section of the forum regarding spam because I am getting hundreds of spam user registrations daily. It's getting so bad that I have had to turn on [i][b...|/i].
I am u

Started Feb 18th, 2013 at 3:38pm by rockabillychuck
6 1,731 Last Post Feb 19th, 2013 at 9:00am
By: Bill Myers
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How to stop the bots cold
We use YaBB 2.5 AE customized by Jon B. 
I would like to share with you how I stopped the bot registrants this weekend.  Not just slow them down but stopped them all cold in their tracks.  It's ...

Started Jan 28th, 2013 at 4:24pm by Autonerdz
12 4,375 Last Post Jan 30th, 2013 at 12:16am
By: Derek Barnstorm
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13359 validated Registrants awaiting approval! Help me Obi Wan...
Hello all,
Been searching around here for some time but can't seem to find an exact answer.
My question is, I want to delete ALL the 13359 validated Registrants awaiting approval. How do I d...

Started Jan 24th, 2013 at 9:04pm by FlangeQuimby
8 1,931 Last Post Jan 27th, 2013 at 7:34pm
By: FlangeQuimby
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Got hacked and now I am redirecting to some russian website:
on my forum
there is something going on. Today when I openend the forum I got a virus warning saying Address has been blocked htt...

Started Jan 17th, 2013 at 6:58pm by Websnail
3 153 Last Post Jan 17th, 2013 at 8:08pm
By: Dandello
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Not sure if I am in the right topic here but i just had the Stop Forum Span MOD installed and also upgraded to 2.5.2.
in the admin section of the board, Under the forum stats category, I clicked...

Started Jan 13th, 2013 at 4:14pm by dave1111
4 970 Last Post Jan 13th, 2013 at 5:07pm
By: dave1111
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Spam Problem with my forum
I am using Final Version of YaBB but I am facing spams with my forum . Sad What should I do for the prevention of my forum from spams.

Started Jul 18th, 2012 at 3:29pm by Mudaber Qureshi
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15 4,634 Last Post Jan 4th, 2013 at 4:36pm
By: Bill Myers
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Just a question
Its a multiple ~
A. How many of you have your YaBB installed in 'cgi-bin\yabb2'?
B. How much help against 'bot' registrations do you think installing YaBB's 'cgi-bin' Perl executable in a no...

Started May 16th, 2012 at 10:33pm by JonB
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21 8,153 Last Post Dec 22nd, 2012 at 1:17am
By: xnoddyx
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How to change letters in CAPTCHA?
Hello! I installed Yabb 2.5.2 and were a little upset that bots successfully continue to pass captcha test and post undesireable messages. I think that in my russian forum changing letters in the test...

Started Dec 11th, 2012 at 6:35am by MaxPower3000
4 1,684 Last Post Dec 11th, 2012 at 6:11pm
By: MaxPower3000
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A current list of temp email domains
I'm just posting the link as I'm sure it will be growing fast.
Remember that YaBB's e-mail domain filter does not permit '*' or '@'.

Started Oct 13th, 2012 at 3:42pm by Dandello
1 888 Last Post Oct 13th, 2012 at 4:07pm
By: JonB
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