Questions tagged [spam]

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

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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 PHP/...
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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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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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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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Website visitors with same PHP session ID, same cookies, but different IPs and user agents, all within one second. What are they and how to stop them?

We've noticed an unusual and growing pattern in visits to our website. When a user visits, we set a PHP session ID, set cookies, and record the user agent and ip. What we've seen happening a lot ...
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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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My website's email is being marked as spam, how do I analyse a X-CNFS-Analysis email header?

My website is sending out email that RackSpace email is marking as spam. I'm trying to figure out why the email is being marked as spam and what I can do about it. The most interesting header that ...
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Spam links injected into GWT's Structured Data Testing Tool?

When I examine one of my self-hosted WordPress sites using the Structured Data Testing Tool of Google Webmaster Tools, I was shocked to see links to 2 spam sites inside the "HTML" tab! However, when ...
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Bingbot requests from Google IP address

We have some suspicious requests to our server, 74.125.186.46 - - [24/Aug/2014:23:24:11 -0500] "GET <url> HTTP/1.1" 200 16912 "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; bingbot/2.0; +http://www.bing.com/...
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My shared hosting account is sending spam emails

My webhost has deactivated my shared hosting account, since it was sending spam emails through my domain. I have all unrouted mail such as mailto:aasdasd@domain.com set to be forwarded to a specific ...
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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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So I just got a Pottery Barn email that required I call the store to be removed [closed]

About a year ago, I bought a Pottery Barn Kids gift for my nephew's baby shower and last night, I got a marketing email in my box. I hadn't seen this technique before. As far as I know, it doesn't ...
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Use of list-unsubscribe to improve inbox delivery

To overcome email being classified as spam by Gmail, Google recommends a number of steps, which we have implemented (namely SPF, DKIM, and Precedence: bulk). One additional measure they recommend at ...
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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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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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Possible automated Bing Ads fraud?

I run a website that generates life insurance leads. The site is very simple a) there is a form for capturing the user's details, life insurance requirements etc b) A quote comparison feature We ...
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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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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 include:...
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Domain blocked in spamhaus

I registered a domain with bigrock.in a week ago. During my website's development phase, I sent several mails using PHPMailer to test Gmail accounts. The HTML message body contained a link to my ...
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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 - - [08/May/2014:23:29:...
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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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Gif image in newsletter and the risk of spam

I am wondering if you find it risky to use a moving gif image in a newsletter. We have a mail list about 700k of people and the percentage of Outlook is still high. In a test we did the newsletter ...
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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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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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Same or different domain for system emails and company emails?

We have a website (Drupal) that provides daily email alerts to about 350 members who have opted in to receive these. In the past we have had small issues with some of our daily alerts being flagged as ...
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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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Do most spam-watch programs actually check domain names or URLs?

On the not-too serious Sites (check-sites), I use Shared Hosting and thus, shared IP address, so am wondering if a smart move even then is to pay for a private IP # ? It seems on most checks, there ...
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.pw domain name risks

I am considering using a set of .pw domain names to provide CNAME access to content stored on a CDN. I have come across recent articles about how the .pw domain has become associated with spam. ...
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Robots signing up on website

A couple of days ago, some robots started to sign up on the website (about 30 in a couple of days), they don't do anything on the website (as I'm guessing they don't find what they're looking for). I'...
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How not to get blacklisted using BCC

We have a legitimate need to send out emails to groups of our users (it's system info, not marketing email), and we want to just add the list of people to the BCC field rather than the TO field. ...
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My email based support form on my shared host is being blocked by Gmail

On my site (developed with ASP.NET, if that matters) I have a support form, which is nothing more than three fields (i.e., name, email, and message) plus a Send button. The form code generates ...
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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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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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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 site....
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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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Strange series of page visits to my web site

In my web log I see 5 hits (to the same web page) all about the same time but from different parts of the world: 180.247.114.192 /RelFinder?personId=17586 - From: null 2014-01-10 00:26:40.0 ...
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How can I obtain past webmaster tools warnings/manual actions on a site with a previous site owner?

I have purchased a legacy domain which was hit by Panda/Penguin in 2011/2012 for paid link networks. When I redirected my old site to the new domain I purchased, organic traffic and rankings ...
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Major spam issue… CAPTCHAs and email verification aren't working [duplicate]

We have a user who claims to have a vendetta against our community. We run a fairly large social networking website, and for the past four or five weeks, this particular person (or maybe people?) has ...
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Setting up Google Analytics filter to exclude any spam IP which hits wp-login.php

I'm launching a new website, not hosted on WordPress, but the majority of the (thin) traffic is junk like this: 46.165.211.194 "GET /wp-login.php HTTP/1.0" 404 8012 "-" "-" 46.165.211.194 "GET /...
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Spammers in my Magento blog comment section! [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I prevent spam on sites which I control? I have a blog extension installed on my Magento website. But I regularly receive spam comments on the blog. To help fight ...
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URL/Crawl Errors continue to increase after pharma hack

I'm working with a site that was hacked a couple of months ago and was sending out a ton of spam. The problem seemed to have started with a dormant WordPress blog that was part of the site (so the ...
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Where would a spam bot be located?

I have a hosted website using a free hosting service, I received an email this afternoon saying that I have been suspended because my account has been compromised. Basically, someone is using my ...
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Are my emails being sent to spam?

I'm working of a quite a large support organisation and we have a strong reason to believe that our outgoing emails are being delivered to spam folders. Are there any services I can use to check if ...
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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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Websense is blocking our website as “Potentially Damaging Content” [closed]

A lot of people are complaining that my company's website www.justjus.com is being blocked by their organisations. Anyone that has tried to access our website from a large organisation has been ...
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How to get rid of spam that sends from clients own email address?

I've Googled everywhere for a solution for this, but though the same issue appears to be happening to a lot of people, I havent found anything that helped. Several of my clients are receiving loads ...
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Grapeshot crawler ignoring robots.txt

Has anyone come across a crawler called Grapeshot? They are hammering the same page repeatedly on our website. I believe they are looking for ad related keywords, based on previous content ad ...
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How to set up a SPF record?

The clients on my VPS are all getting spammed. The spam seemingly comes from their own email addresses - it is clear that somehow something got into my VPS and was able to capture all the email ...
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What is g1sense.int.godaddy.com?

I recently looked at my list of referrers (ie, previous page the user was on), and one odd one is a link like http://g1sense.int.godaddy.com:15871/cgi-bin/blockOptions.cgi?ws-session=3372311093. The ...

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