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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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Moderation Policy - Read & Heed
Thanks to all for your recent opinions, and those given to me in the past.
A. I waited for timed banning to work before using it.á There was a reason, just as beating your dog every time it acts ...

Started Feb 10th, 2015 at 10:45pm by JonB
2 3,581 Last Post Jun 2nd, 2016 at 2:10pm
By: Dandello
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Countries by IP range
Here's a site with a list of 'Get IP ranges so they can be blocked in htaccess'

Started Oct 24th, 2015 at 2:14pm by Dandello
0 102 Last Post Oct 24th, 2015 at 2:14pm
By: Dandello
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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 18,165 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 1,933 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 3,530 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 2,371 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. áThere 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 5,637 Last Post Nov 20th, 2011 at 10:22pm
By: JonB
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Banned own IP address!
Running version 2.5
I have inadvertently banned my own IP address and now cannot get back into my admin page to unban it!
Can I do this through Cpanel?

Started Dec 23rd, 2016 at 10:04am by ajchis
2 69 Last Post Dec 23rd, 2016 at 2:19pm
By: Dandello
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New users cannot register
I'm having a problem that I just can't see a solution for and I really need some help.  I've been wondering why no new members so today I invited someone to join and he filled out the registration, en...

Started Apr 26th, 2016 at 1:21am by N5HQ
5 145 Last Post Apr 26th, 2016 at 2:13am
By: N5HQ
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Formal for blocking email domains (v2.2.1)
[Stuck at v2.2.1 until board owner will update]
The YaBB documentation is remarkably unclear as to the correct format for adding banning strings. For instance, how do I block '*' (a...

Started Dec 7th, 2015 at 12:42pm by mwra
7 147 Last Post Dec 7th, 2015 at 8:52pm
By: Dandello
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feature request - censor/spam filter
I get some malicious attacks on my forum using repetitive special text characters. I won't post the details here in case I give anyone ideas, but PM me for details.
I can stop it with the swear w...

Started Jun 20th, 2015 at 3:30am by freediver
2 97 Last Post Jun 22nd, 2015 at 2:04pm
By: Dandello
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Honeypot Spambot catcher & Honeypot Labels
Hello All
I Admin Center and through Anti-spam Settings > Spambot Registration Deterrents > I found Honeypot Spambot catcher option is checked and activated by default since the pure installation...

Started Mar 5th, 2015 at 7:26pm by alqutob
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By: Dandello
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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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6 256 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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13 340 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. áBecause...

Started Apr 21st, 2013 at 7:33am by Jerry Krinock
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8 2,530 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
8 732 Last Post May 8th, 2014 at 10:04pm
By: RonS2
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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.
3 472 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 1,282 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 2,490 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 1,260 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. áI usually get several messages from my forum's robot every day with subject The Guardian-(Macs & Bookmarks): Scripting Abuse Detected! á They've been coming more frequentl...

Started Aug 6th, 2013 at 11:25pm by Jerry Krinock
3 2,203 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 1,374 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 1,947 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 3,767 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 12,904 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 1,699 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 3,775 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 2,193 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 5,598 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 2,561 Last Post Jan 27th, 2013 at 7:34pm
By: FlangeQuimby
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