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Questions tagged [spam]

Unsolicited messages (spam), especially advertising, as well as sending messages repeatedly on the same site, disruptive online messages, especially commercial messages posted on a computer network or sent as email.

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wp_redirection_404 table has grown to 7GB

The company I work for has an enterprise Wordpress site that was acquired from a different company. I don't know if there was a past hack or if it's just accumulated spam or what, but the ...
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How to bulk delete all WordPress subscribers?

I have 20,000 fake subscribers I'd like to get rid of. The admin panel only lets you delete 200 at a time. How can I bulk delete all Wordpress subscribers via MySQL?
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How do I programmatically set a user as spam in BuddyPress? [closed]

I am working on a moderation tool. One of the actions I want my moderators to be able to achieve is setting a user account as spam. I know how to do so via the UI as admin but how do I do the same via ...
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Stop SPAM from custom form

This form is receiving a lot of spams and I would like some advice on what I can do to prevent it. I should not use any plugins nor any Captcha. function innerpages_form($atts, $content = null) { ...
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Subpage is redirecting to spam site

My Wordpress site has recently been hacked and I followed the steps described here to clear it: https://wordpress.org/support/article/faq-my-site-was-hacked/ The whole site redirected to a spam ...
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Using htaccess to prevent spam through wp-comments-post.php

I have a lot of spam comments being posted on my WordPress site. It is being posted using the wp-comments-post.php file. I can see from the logs: "POST /wp/wp-comments-post.php HTTP/1.0" 302 3744 "...
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Spam email sent from my noreply@domain.com account

A spam email is being sent from my default email(noreply@mydomain.com) to all the subscriber. What may have caused this and how could I prevent this from happening again?
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How can I automatically delete comments that contain a URL?

My WordPress website is being bombarded by spam comments. Nearly all of them contain a valid URL. How can I delete these comments automatically? I don't want to put them into the review queue; I just ...
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ninja forms spam protection input uppercase

I'm using Ninja form spam protection input field, where you choose an answer to your question. Does anybody know how you can force input to be uppercase? I've found a lot of code strings but none of ...
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How to locate & delete hidden pages on a site

Basically my friend has a custom wordpress site which was hacked recently but apparently the dev cleaned it up (said it was a server hack and that all their sites were hit) and filed a reconsideration ...
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How to track down a phantom contact form?

Spammers are using a contact form on our Wordpress site to spam us, but I can't find which form it is. It's (presumably) from our site because it has the standard footer "This e-mail was sent from a ...
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All comment automatically added as spam comment, how to set that problem?

All comment(all post) automatically added as spam comment. Our same project set in two server, but in one server project blog comment working proper and another server project blog all comment added ...
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How to stop users beign registered on checkout page if billing address is same as other user?

I need help with woocommerce billing address. First: I need to stop user from being registered on checkout page if billing address is same as other user. Second If user is already registered, then ...
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How to use a 3rd party library to send emails?

I'm trying to improve my emails deliverability by sending emails that are correctly authenticated (correct SPF and DKIM configuration). I have done the SPF part, but in order to use the DKIM i need to ...
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How to find a spam link?

While analyzing my site I found many requests is done to external link to "friendsit.net" so I installed string locator plugin and tried to search all source files but I found nothing , I also tried ...
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I want to change the Wordpress comments file

In the standard structure of Wordpress, a warning page appears when the user makes spam or goes too fast. The link structure of the warning page is "/wp-comments-post.php". Briefly (see images) https:/...
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Automatically reject a comment if website field contains anything

I've done a bunch of searching but can't seem to find a hack to do this, all I can find is how to remove the website field from the form. I want to leave it there, but if someone enters a url into the ...
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How is comment spam received without a comments form?

The theme one of my sites is using does not have a comments form nor is there any HTML markup for comments anywhere within the code. So, how am I receiving spam comments? All the spam is caught by ...
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How to Prevent Unwanted Spam to Contact Form 7 [closed]

I posted about this on the Support page for the plugin, but figured I'd post here now, too -- I'm getting a lot of spam from the plugin Contact Form 7, and I was wondering what my options were for ...
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WordPress Site has 35K spam images

I am helping a client whose site has numerous plugins and 35K spam images from Zillow. They are in the media library. He also has 100K spam comments. I have since then disabled the comments. He ...
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Removing the “Website” Field from Comments and Replies?

In an effort to combat comment spam, I'd like to hide or remove the "Website" field from the "Leave a Reply" section for page and site comments. I have no desire to increase others page rankings by ...
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how to prevent the spam on search function?

I use a the plugin search meter to record users' searches on my website, but recently i got a lot of spam searches, is there any methods to prevent the spam? Screenshot as below: Thanks in advance!
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How can I prevent wordpress from sending emails

I would like to stop all email functionality in my wordpress installation. Is this possible with a global flag? or maybe by forbidding this installation to use the php mail function at all in ...
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How to block spam blocks pointing to a same website [closed]

My blog continuously receive spam comments like below: I simply want to say I am new to blogs and truly liked this web-site. More than likely I’m want to bookmark your blog post . You absolutely ...
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Remove default user registration, login and subscriber profiles

My website has recently come under attack by a wave of spam user accounts. My website uses a custom login that forces users to use their email address as their username, however the spam users all ...
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Spam written by registred users

I have build a small wordpress site with two users with role=author. Recently spam posts are made from those two of the users - they are infrequent (one pr month of so), short, without any links and ...
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How to remove comment spam in WordPress

I'm new to WordPress. I have lot of issues through spam comments, it gets more time to check and delete those manually. I want to keep the comment fields. So is there any way to block/track spam ...
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UpdraftPlus installed malware - scared to download or update plugins now! [closed]

A couple months back, I installed UpdraftPlus (free version) on my WordPress.org site. To my horror, immediately afterwards we started getting popups that would redirect to spam sites when you clicked ...
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Simple comments spam solution

I would like to implement a solution for fighting comment spam and the approach is simple. I would like that every comment that has the "website" field filled to be automatically marked as spam. In ...
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Website is being flooded [closed]

Our website is being flooded with thousands of page requests. The access logs looks like this: **.**.250.*9 - - [24/Oct/2017:09:16:32 -0400] "GET /about-our-company/?screw-you HTTP/1.0" 200 14959 "-" ...
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Auto delete comment if Contains

How to Auto-Delete comment if contains certain string? i tried with this but not work: add_action( 'transition_comment_status', 'my_approve_comment_callback', 10, 3 ); function ...
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Database hacked - random posts are modified

I have noticed that part of my posts was modified. Sometimes the original post is mixed with random words consist with random characters or content is replaced by spam. I have a lot of posts and I am ...
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getting casino links on my woocommerce site [closed]

i am getting various casino links on my site, i have searched everywhere in the files in my database, but i can't locate the issue, these links come and go they mostly appear in the header and the ...
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Anonymous spam comments when only registered users can comment

I have WordPress website where only registered users could write comments. But for some reasons I get anonymous spam comments time to time. This comments don't have any information about user that ...
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Site has fake users registered with a similar pattern in username and email

Website keeps getting hundred of fake users. Registration form has reCaptcha but no effect. By changing required fields in form to add First Name and Last Name required still fake users keep getting ...
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New accounts daily at WP Multi-User site under development, Analytics reports no traffic. What gives?

I'm working on a Wordpress Multi-user site (Buddypress?). Every day, there are between 5-15 new accounts created, yet Google Analytics is reporting little-to-no traffic. The site is far from finished,...
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How to get rid of spam forever?

I would like to know how I can permanently remove spam from my client's site. It was so bad that the registration page for new users to sign up was disabled and I am trying to enable it again but it ...
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How to reduce spam

I installed WordPress along with a few add-ons to combat spam. Both are for registered and non-registered members posting comments. I added a standard Captcha as well as a mathematical challenge ...
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Why do I get email notifications about comments that Wordpress has already determined are spam?

I have a wordpress.org blog that I host on my own site. I have the Akismet plugin installed, and in general I keep both up-to-date (e.g. at the moment, Akismet is at version 2.5.7, and Wordpress at 3....
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What are all these spam subscribers doing here?

We look after a bunch of WordPress sites none of which run themes which involve public participation. So basically the setting Membership - anyone can register is always turned off. I have just taken ...
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Auto delete Wordpress users according to time

On my WordPress site I require registration with email confirmation to help filter out spam users. How do I delete users that haven't activated their accounts by email automatically? Is it possible ...
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Comment moderation

I am using a plugin (dwqa) that overrides wordpress' Settings->Discussion options (eg: I select "Comment author must have a previously approved comment" but comments are approved regardless). If I ...
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All users/comments suspected as bot? [closed]

Extremely new to WordPress and just "website making" in general here so forgive my lack of expertise - but every time I try to register an account through my site (as a test), it says "User suspected ...
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How to disable WordPress trackbacks?

I have high Google Page Rank, and as a result of that, lots of spammers make trackbacks. Every day I have to delete them. Will those trackbacks negatively affect my site's SEO? How can I disable all ...
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Mass delete spam accounts

Bots are ever so slowly taking over our existence and even the greatest captcha or guard will fail at points. This may result in a high amount of spam accounts that needs to be deleted. Removing ...
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Prevent incoming $_GET requests

I used to have an old RSS feed setup on one of my sites, but have since removed it - due to the number of users accessing it. For whatever reason the number of hits to the RSS feed has brought down my ...
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Bots posting comments on pages

I'm wondering how it's possible for a bot to post a comment on page where there is no call to the comments template in the template that the page utilizes? The only place that I'm calling the ...
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how to reduce the number of spam comments

I've got the Akismet plugin on my WordPress site but I've been getting more and more spammy comments (that get caught). I'm amazed at the number as the site isn't that popular and doesn't have much ...
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How exactly does Bad Behavior plugin work?

Can someone explain to me please how exactly Bad Behavior works? On their official site, they say that it uses HTTP headers, IP, and meta fingerprinting - but I would like some specifics on its ...
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How to spam-filter a custom content type with the Akismet plugin?

I have several inputboxes and no textareas in my custom content type. Can I use Akismet that comes with WP for that? If I can, how to do that? E.g. If I have 5 inputboxes like: name, address, city, ...