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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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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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mooly

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I don't how this forum is moderated but one answer might be to keep new members under moderation (such that their post needs approval) until they have made a set number of postings (at which point they are released).

Potential spammers are usually easy to spot by their one or two word replies.

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Forum Editor

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mooly

I wish it was that simple.

We get lots of registrations every day. Not all of them are from people who want to post - thousands of them don't need to register at all, because they just browse the site and read the forum threads. We have no way of knowing who will post and who won't, and it just wouldn't be possible to monitor all of them.

We don't have the resources to run a monitoring system on posts from new users, it would delay posts going live on the forums, and defeat the whole purpose of having forums that can run more or less in real time.

We pick up spammers pretty quickly, and routinely delete their posts; it's worked well for a long time. The real problem arises when we get large numbers of posts in rapid succession from several sources - that's an orchestrated spam attack, and the only defence against it is some pretty strong filtering. We have that system in place pretty quickly when an attack starts, but unfortunately it catches a few genuine posts in the net as well.

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