Unwanted activity/content that is usually of a promotional nature.

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Do spammers or spambots clicking AdWords ads?

One of my sites has a very high bounce rate from Google AdWords, especially over the last couple of days. Of course, it could just be that people are not finding the site relevant. But I'm wondering ...
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Has anybody earned $0.25+ from each of a captcha (on your website) passing?

I am a real dummy in web monetizing schemes. [ 1 ] informs that a captcha vendor: "charges a fee of about 25 cents to 50 cents for each form that is filled out using a Type-In ad [captcha]... ...
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How to get whitelisted in microsoft's email network?

I have been trying for the last couple of weeks to get whitelisted in the Microsoft's email network. I can send emails from my site to gmail and yahoo with no problem. They are delivered to the right ...
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Why is a contact form getting spammed even after adding captcha?

A client was getting a lot of spam from a form on their site. I added Captcha and changed the form fields and form recipient email address, but the client is still receiving spam from the server, with ...
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Using Information from Log File to Combat Spam

I'm dealing with a site (not Wordpress, nor any other CMS) that was previously hacked and at that time I had found a php file in the images directory that was being used to generate spam from the ...
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How can I identify and prevent bots causing high cpu usage on my webserver?

I can see in the stats on my hosting account that there is a big difference between normal page visits and bots visits. I think the bots are causing high cpu usage on the server. What should I search ...
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Effective combatting of 100's of spam links in Google Results

I have recently been the victim of this hacking exploit (blog post is for reference only and is not my site. I'm in the process of following it and cleaning up after the attack). Note the exploit at ...
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Are there other “approval” services for other email providers, like SenderID for Hotmail?

This question comes from: http://webmasters.stackexchange.com/questions/695/how-to-avoid-hotmail-live-rejections-for-legit-large-volume-emailing I never knew about this for Hotmail and I'm wondering ...
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Use email via Google Apps to avoid shared hosting issues with blacklisted IP

I currently use a hosting package that is used both for the website and emails. Since it is a shared hosting the IP is sometimes blacklisted so our emails are considered SPAM and are bounced back. I ...
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Email sent via Google via relayhost being marked as spam [closed]

Company email hosted by Google Apps. Company PBX in-house is Elastix. All voicemails received on the extensions of Elastix are supposed to be emailed by the CentOS server (Postfix) to the email ...
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Do Spambots have access to unlimited IP addresses?

I have been attacked for weeks by the same spambot trying to brute force the login page. I have a login security module now installed on my Drupal 6 website and it bans on IP after x amount of ...
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All Wordpress PHP Mail stuff being sent to spam

Every mail sent with the PHP Mail() is getting sent straight to spam (all providers e.g. gmail, yahoo, hotmail) My IP is not blacklisted. Here is an example of an email header that got sent to spam: ...
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Use @ or (at) when displaying email addresses to users?

I have was wondering if it is better to use @ or at in contact page when I'm displaying emails. I've seen in many websites that when they display a email, it looks like name(at)example.com but it ...
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Is it okay to block all user agents that start with “PHP/5.”?

I'm getting a lot of spambots from China (and elsewhere, likely botnets) accessing my blog which have a user agent string starting with PHP/5.. These include such nonsense values as PHP/5.3.70 and ...
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Issue with Godaddy DNS manager

I'm using domains.live.com to setup an email to a domain registered on Godaddy. The domains.live.com configuration page says: Godaddy's DNS manager isn't accepting this string Value: v=spf1 ...
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How to block a spam bot .htaccess proper formatting?

I have downloaded my access log file from my cPanel and found I have a bot I would like to stop. In the access log, there User-Agent string reads the following; 88.80.205.219 - - ...
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Evil Spam Emails caused hosting account suspension!

We have a couple domains hosted rackservers.com.au. Recently our account go suspended without any notice. I then filed a ticket and soon got the answer:'There are some one forging email accounts ...
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What are some internet trends that you've noticed over the past ~10 years? [closed]

I'll give an example of one that I've noticed: the number of web sites that ask for your email address (GOOG ID, YAHOO! ID, etc.) has skyrocketed. I can come up with no legitimate reason for this ...
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Recommended Spam Best Practices [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I prevent spam on sites which I control? Are there any recommended admin tools or interfaces for reviewing and moderating spam on a community-driven UGC site?
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Is this really GoogleBot, or is this a spammer?

I found this IP in my access log posting repeatedly thousands of times. Is this really GoogleBot, or is it a spammer? I hesitate to block it. 185.62.188.98 - - [13/May/2015:18:54:33 -0400] "POST ...
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Website hacked and suspended for spam, effect on SEO

I had my website on first 5 positions on google for 3 main keywords. Because of some poorly written forms my website was suspended by my host because of SPAM for 3 days. Now the position of my ...
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What techniques can I use to block human generated spam posts?

I'm having trouble blocking paid posters trying to post links to products unrelated to "fashion" on my site. I've made my links nofollow but they're still being posted. What techniques can I use to ...
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Sudden increase in spam report from Yahoo

Recently we experienced a sudden increase in spam reports, and all of them come from Yahoo email addresses. We see lots of registration confirmation email got marked as spam. We also saw people ...
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Our site among those listed on Turkish link spammer/hacker site?

Our site is based on phpFusion Recently we found a Turkish web page that lists the URLs of about 20 sites that all run phpFusion, along with tags PR0 through PR5 for each. "Page Rank", yes? Ours is ...
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How can I scan a HTML website for malicious links/scripts?

I designed a website using a free HTML templates. Up until now I used to trust the free templates I found online... Recently, one of these websites has received a lot of visits from Russia in a way ...
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Identifying file sending out spam emal

I'm trying to identify the cause of spam emails being spent out from one of my clients wordpress websites. while I can identify the folder i can't identify the file. I've added the following to the ...
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I'm getting weird traffic from flipboard.com - is it referral spam?

Here's the screenshot: I have looked through several "referral spam" websites lists, but I didn't find flipboard.com on any of them. But from the stats (visit time, bounce rate), I'd say this is a ...
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Gmail is blocking my emails sent to them

I believe I got blocked for sending too many emails to one address by gmail. I have an application I made and I had email notifications on. It was sending a lot of notifications recently. I have since ...
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I keep getting blacklisted.

I have just purchased a VPS with Centos 6 and I have installed ZPanel on it. I have created a mailbox and everything seemed to work perfectly for a few days however, suddenly my mail stopped working. ...
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what should I do if I cannot find a person who asks to unsubscribe in my mailing list?

One of our customers asks us to send out marketing mail. We manage their subscriber list in Microsoft Dynamics CRM and use a remote desktop tool to send the mails through their network via the ...
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Should we date our e-mail addresses

I have a website I'm administering for a volunteer organization that has a big staff turn over (annually - the team working in 2014 is almost completely different from the team for 2013 as the team ...
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Why do people (or bots) spam a site with comments when its obvious that they end up being blocked? [closed]

Whenever I visit the Admin page of my WordPress site, I always find about 1000 new spam messages waiting there for me. The question is what is the motivation for people (or bots) to spam a site with ...
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How can I get Google to read my site's reconsideration request?

I have a site that's got two manual penalties in Google Webmaster Tools: one for "pure spam" and one for "user-generated spam" (no link penalties currently - this is just for on-site stuff). Pure ...
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Emails from a previously blacklisted URL keep getting bounced even after site has been cleared

Our clients site got infected and was blacklisted. We spent weeks fixing and clearing up the site and got it completely removed from all lists. The site is now squeaky clean as of a few weeks ago but ...
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Spam problem through cPanel

On a new website, I publicly display an email address, contact@domain.com. Then I set up an email forwarder in my hostmonster cPanel, so that if the public email address ever became spam ridden then ...
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Website attack form submission triggering emails related questions

We are experiencing website attacks that trigger the submission of a form, and send alert emails. Normal process of form submission is to fill up a couple of text fields, and when the user is ...
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Website address hacked, emails created but not showing in manage your account

I have a website, thebleudoor.com. It is hosted by yahoo. It gets 2000-3000 hits a day and has been for at least 5 years. A few months ago, as admin of the website, I started getting bounced back ...
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How do I stop my vBulletin forum from having unregistered guests spamming it?

It seems my vbulletin forum is still having problems with unregistered guests spamming threads and members Inbox on the forum. Do you have a solution for this?
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vBulletin 3 spam solutions

We use vBulletin 3 for our forums, with a ReCaptcha, a simple "To verify you're a real person, what is the FIRST letter of the English alphabet?" question on signup, and a verified email address ...
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general questions about link spam

A CMS-based site I manage is suffering from a small but ominously growing number of almost certainly bot-emplaced, invisible spam links placed in registered-user-only shoutboxes and user forums. "Link ...
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Getting on mediawiki spammers list?

I am setting up a test site which I WANT to get spammed by WIKI spammers, ie those spambots that run rampant on a wiki site filling it up with junk data... How do i get on one of those lists?
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How are spambots registering on my website?

I have a forum that's getting a bunch of spam bot registrations. Here's what's happened: lots of spambots added static logic question (as a picture), static math question, honeypot field still lots ...
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Negative SEO impact of offering free stuff on website?

If I'm not mistaken, emails offering free stuff are more likely to be considered spam by spam removal software. Is there a similar problem with offering free stuff on a website? Of course, if someone ...
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Removing Spam Links from Google Index

Last week a site I help administer was compromised. A confluence of events (move to new hosting, brand new web application released, etc.) makes it difficult to track down why it happened, but ...
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Securing a server against DDoS like spam runs

Periodically my server gets hammered so hard by automated comment spam runs against my blogs that the server goes down and I have to annoy my provider to get a power cycle if I don't see it happening ...
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I've noticed a bizarre (malicious?) behavior in my website logs

My website logs spit out "invalid content" messages -- they typically occur when someone types in a wrong hyperlink or a page has mistakenly changed URLs. Lately (about 20 times per day) I've been ...
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Do spam bots load the DOM?

I have an issue where a form on my site is getting spammed. The form is actually a copy paste job from a CRM, so I cannot access any of the server side script to make a good human checker. In the ...
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Google Analytics - Identifying Bots

I've noticed over the last few days a massive increase in visitors, The thing is that it seems like a bot: Mozilla compatible user agent average 0 minutes 100% bounces Is there a way to find out ...
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An Email About Company “Brand Registration Confirmation”, SPAM?

One of my clients has the domain EXAMPLE.com for his company, today I received an email about someone trying to register EXAMPLE brand for From: * [mailto:*@-.org.cn] Sent: Friday, January 17, ...
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How can I find a list of backlinks by date for a domain?

I have successfully switched my Site A over to Site B (a legacy domain i purchased). I recently have uncovered some shady link building practices in the Site B link profile. I am trying to find all ...