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Tired of Xrumer spamming me

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by Affiliate Mgr Dave, Nov 1, 2011.

  1. Affiliate Mgr Dave

    Affiliate Mgr Dave Registered Member

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    Sorry to all of those that are avid users of Xrumer, I'm sure it's a great tool. But even after contacting them politely to remove my forums from their spam lists, I still have to deal with about 100 submissions per day from the program.

    Anyone want to tell me how to get off the "list" so I can save about 20 minutes a day from the bans? They never get their posts up so it really doesn't matter, they are banned instantly before getting approved, but it is just a waste of fucking time.
     
  2. SuperLinks

    SuperLinks Elite Member

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    You probably aren't on any "list", unless the one by default, but that's doubtful.

    Chances are you are simply getting scraped by hrefer or similar tools that compile lists of forums.

    If you want to beat them then you need to create more "advanced" spam protection solutions. One that I like to implement is a question that ONLY your users would know. For example, I own a forum that also had a bad outbreak of XR spam. I implemented a question for account signups that asked what company created the product that the forum is based around. In other words, on the sign up form have a question that bots won't be able to answer or crack.

    Now I don't deal with any spam. There are also captcha's that you can add that will defeat MOST of the spam.

    Keep in mind though that you will still be at risk for human spam, regardless of your spam protection.
     
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  3. omida86

    omida86 Power Member

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    Add recaptcha + a good text captcha and you are good to go.
     
  4. the_demon

    the_demon Jr. Executive VIP

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    Try encrypting the login form with javascript.
     
  5. upl8t

    upl8t Regular Member

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    There is no list, although lists are traded and sold constantly. And there's certainly no DO NOT SPAM list.
     
  6. meatro

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    You need better spam filters. Like SuperLinks said, a genre specific question is a good solution and easy to implement...

    Car forums: "what manufacturer makes the Mustang?"
    Computer forums: "how many bits are in a byte?" (not only good for spam, but newbs as well. :p)

    Any platform on the internet that you do not protect is going to get the shit spammed out of it. That should be apart of selecting your platform, as many have no answer for XRumer and similar applications.

    Good luck,
    A very good XRumer user who's probably spammed your forum 100 times... JK. ;)
     
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  7. Affiliate Mgr Dave

    Affiliate Mgr Dave Registered Member

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    Yeah, probably lol ;). All good, I've been around a long time and understand the BENEFITS of what xrumer users are doing and have nothing against it. I have some controls in place but they are not enough. I have considered doing the unique question but wanted to avoid it, well, because there are a lot of retards out there that will have issues with it. But that will be my solution I guess.

    Thanks all, enjoy your spamming :D
     
  8. senuke

    senuke Newbie

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    Math Captcha and Question.

    What is this Forum about?
    3 + 5 = ?

    Spam goes neraly to zero.

    One i really like show some random pics and let people choose
    all animals or all birds something like that ... no bot can do that.
     
  9. Winchester

    Winchester BANNED BANNED

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    Plenty of spam bots can do math questions, and certain anti-captcha services offer human photo recognition services as well. The best method is a forum specific question that only people actually interested in your forum would know.
     
  10. Jeanne

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    I've been getting about 300 XRumer spam comments a day. I just delete them. There must be a ton of people using this type of software. I wonder if it actually works. Some of the comments are hilarious!
     
  11. meatro

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    I had one earlier that was interesting...

    "Purple rug under a green chair. What color is the carpet?"
     
  12. en.outgoing

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    i have like 50 domains on phpbb, have them open to spam for some traffic

    but adding questions like WHAT COMES BEFORE 9 BUT RIGHT AFTER 5 etc... works like a charm
     
  13. Winchester

    Winchester BANNED BANNED

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    6 or 7 or 8...perhaps a question with one answer is better?
     
  14. awesome03

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    Aside from all of those mentioned above, you can also modify certain sections on your forum and make it unique.

    For example, instead of "Powered by vBulletin" you change it to something unique and different, that way, in the future, you will no longer appear on the search results when scrapers are making their lists.
     
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    Does 7 or 8 come right after 5 ?! :D
     
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  16. omida86

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    Math questions are worthless, as XRumer can beat them...

    Also captchas.ocr can solve animal pictures...
     
  17. partymarty4870

    partymarty4870 Elite Member

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    I built a forum for someone a couple of months ago and got nailed by xrumer very badly. I used a google search - picked the first text captcha plugin that sounded good and the problem went away.

    Can't remember what I exactly searched for or what I installed but it took all of five minutes to do.
     
  18. ziplack

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    try and image captcha that will work fine.
    Xrumer can be train to beat questions and all that stuff
     
  19. exbear

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    I have a game forum, had this problem, then added one question with a drop down list -

    Are you human? -
    No,
    Yes,
    I'm from far far away

    The default setting is No which leads to refusal.

    Works good, but still getting a couple of registrations a day - apparently done by hand.
     
  20. Rushdie

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    the question is a little retarted.