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Spam attack on PCA forums


simonjary

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As you can see some nasty spamming army has targeted the PC Advisor forums.

We'll raise our anti-spam filters again, and, as soon as we can, clear this rubbish off the forums.

Until then, please post as normal and we ask for your patience as we combat this menace.

Thanks,

Simon Publisher, PC Advisor

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rdave13

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March Hare , I wish you wouldn't insult morons.....

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simonjary

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What they're after is links on a respected site so that Google adds search weight to those links - hence all the keywords stuffed into the threads, plus multiple links.

The thing is that we tell Google to not follow any external links in our forums, expressly to stop this cheating.

Until the development team can aim their big guns at the spammers it's left to us to individually go into each thread, ban the poster, and delete the thread.

The trouble is that the well-armed spammers can just keep attacking. It's either a super-automated spam machine or an army of lowly paid spammers.

Either way it's a tough battle to keep these forums open under such weight of attack.

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rdave13

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simonjary , your efforts are appreciated by us all no doubt. Thanks.

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mcheathen

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I am not sure if this example is either a 'bad spam attack' or an ad-ware hi-jack of my browser:

on forums such as this I will get certain highlighted words and if you hover over them you will get details of adverts.

If indeed it is ad/spy ware, then how can I get rid of it. I am already using Avast and Spybot search & destroy.

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mcheathen

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BTW it is not only on forums, but on just about any bit of text on a web-page. Certain words will stand out as links. The usually appear with a differentr colour from the rest of the text and under-lined.

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rdave13

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Not sure what you mean of 'your browser', possibly you site you mean?

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rdave13

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Possibly asking your query in the Web Design Help forum would be better.

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simonjary

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mcheathen, Those are in-text ads, not anything suspicious. You'll find them on many websites.

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Spock999

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But on occasions you are catching legitimate posts. Last night I tried to respond to my own thread but I am told it is spam. I have been trying to deal with a problem for a while and when I get a useful answer I cannot respond.

Not having seen the spam I don't know your criteria for classifying somethging as spam. It would be helpful to know.

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Forum Editor

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Spock999

If I told you what the criteria are I would be telling the spammers too, so I'm not able to do that.

What I can say is that your post is more likely to fail if it contains a link to another site. Other than that I can't be of further help. We'll gradually lower the shields as the risk appears to subside.

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