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The last few days I have been having problems with spam advertising aiseesoft products. It seems that 1 person a day registers and then posts spam in the forum. There is a different member name and IP each time which are promptly banned
We have member confirmation email on. Using admin approval would not work as around 50 people are signing up per day at the moment and telling bogus from genuine would be difficult if not impossible.
Is this a bot or a real person doing this?
What steps can I take to prevent more spam?

Server specs (Server OS / Apache / MySQL / PHP / DragonflyCMS):
Linux, Apache 2.0, SQL 5.0.86-log (client: 4.1.22), PHP 5.2.11 DF 9.2.1

Since there's email activation it is a human being

Server specs (Server OS / Apache / MySQL / PHP / DragonflyCMS):
Fedora 25 / Apache 2.4.27 / MariaDB 10.1.26 / PHP 7.1.10 / Mercurial

I find that the "real person" spammers tend to come from the same countries (India, China, etc) After banning a few ip-ranges for those countries the spam stopped. Obviously if you expect genuine members from those places then it isn't an option but that wasn't a concern for me.

You can get an admin email for each sign-up that has the IP in it and them look that up on line, for example at


Please enter your server specs in your user profile! 😢

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