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Offline James

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Detecting Adbots or advertisers
« on: October 30, 2010, 08:29:26 AM »
Hey guys and gals. I figured I'd help you stay vigilant against adbots or advertisers who join the site by showing you what to look for in introduction threads. Below is an example of an adbot:



As you can see, there is a link in the persons signature for a product. In almost all cases, the member will only have a few posts, will not form proper sentences, will reply to posts with short comments such as "cool", "wow", "I did not know that" or will just blatantly advertise. As you can see above, this member falls into nearly all of those categories. Also, a lot of the time, the bots will introduce them selves in other peoples threads. This is not always in the introduction threads, usually adbots stay within sections where there is the most traffic. If you see any suspicious behaviour similar to that image above, please report the post and we'll check it out.

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RE: Detecting Adbots or advertisers
« Reply #1 on: October 30, 2010, 08:53:45 AM »
i'll go and catch some botters, muhaha.

good rule ;)

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RE: Detecting Adbots or advertisers
« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2011, 11:30:09 AM »
Ooooh Maybe they'll send some SexBots :D:D:D:D:D


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RE: Detecting Adbots or advertisers
« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2011, 02:57:31 PM »
Quote from: 'Brian7610' pid='259689' dateline='1293899409'

Ooooh Maybe they'll send some SexBots :D:D:D:D:D


That sounds like wishful thinking on your part!!!!:dodgy:
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RE: Detecting Adbots or advertisers
« Reply #4 on: February 26, 2011, 11:20:57 PM »
Are bots people really typeing or a computer just writeing by itself?

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RE: Detecting Adbots or advertisers
« Reply #5 on: February 27, 2011, 12:09:59 AM »
It could be both. But mostly it's a computer.

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RE: Detecting Adbots or advertisers
« Reply #6 on: March 03, 2011, 12:56:17 PM »
I always thought they were people.
If it's a computer then i no longer feel bad for all those things i said about of their mothers :D



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Re: Detecting Adbots or advertisers
« Reply #7 on: January 25, 2012, 08:41:51 PM »
I think this is a more realistic representation:

Hello, my Ressgessdmff name. I play game and speak forum. Have you Ugs tried? Ugs good feet for males and females.

Then a thousand links for ugs.... ugh

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Detecting Adbots or advertisers
« Reply #8 on: December 12, 2014, 08:49:14 PM »
Herpa derp I'm an adbot
« Last Edit: December 13, 2014, 12:35:05 PM by Llama »

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« Reply #9 on: September 26, 2016, 12:36:22 PM »
<spam removed>
« Last Edit: April 07, 2017, 09:08:57 AM by Chalk »

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Re: Detecting Adbots or advertisers
« Reply #10 on: September 26, 2016, 06:44:16 PM »
You cheeky bastard.

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Re: Detecting Adbots or advertisers
« Reply #11 on: September 26, 2016, 09:36:06 PM »
Of all the threads to post in!  ;D

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Re: Detecting Adbots or advertisers
« Reply #12 on: September 28, 2016, 10:18:10 PM »
I've added yet another layer to the verification process. This one does a quick check at the registration stage which checks the email and IP against a known database of adbots that is widely used. If a match to a spambot is found it will reject the registration.

This now means we have the following layers:

1) Email verification
2) Difficult CAPTCHA
3) Verification questions
4) Registration check against known adbot email addresses and IPs

If this doesn't slow them down, I'm not sure what will.

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Re: Detecting Adbots or advertisers
« Reply #13 on: September 29, 2016, 07:52:36 AM »
I don't think it's working.

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Detecting Adbots or advertisers
« Reply #14 on: September 29, 2016, 09:49:26 AM »
There getting in somehow....... who left the gate open?


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Re: Detecting Adbots or advertisers
« Reply #15 on: October 01, 2016, 08:30:25 PM »
The only other step we could take would be have admins approve each and every registration, which isn't ideal at all.

I'll look into some other SMF mods for anti spam registrations.

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Re: Detecting Adbots or advertisers
« Reply #16 on: October 01, 2016, 11:50:50 PM »
I'm surprised they can get past all that to be honest. I wonder what's up.

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Re: Detecting Adbots or advertisers
« Reply #17 on: October 02, 2016, 05:14:41 AM »
I've tweaked it a bit so I can track how many attempts it rejects. Its already rejected 10 attempts in the last 12 hours.

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Re: Detecting Adbots or advertisers
« Reply #18 on: October 23, 2016, 12:43:37 AM »
Can't all those adbot posts be junked or split and moved somewhere away from public view?

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Re: Detecting Adbots or advertisers
« Reply #19 on: October 23, 2016, 02:18:31 AM »
Can't all those adbot posts be junked or split and moved somewhere away from public view?

If its a topic its easy. If its a post embedded somewhere in another thread then deleting it kinda messes up the forum stats and we need to tell it to manually recalculate. However if you see any new posts feel free to report them so we can have a look.