StopCountrySpam: Spam Combat

[PubliC Release] StopCountrySpam: Spam Combat 2.2.09

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Stop Country Spam - black/white list country IP addresses from registering

This is included in Both

i) Free (Branded) Tac Anti Spam Collection
ii) Paid (unbranded) Tac Anti Spam Collection

Can be used in combination with :
  • FoolBotHoneyPot (to stop spam bots completely! using elegant methods that do not bother humans)
  • AnyApi (Use any API you want, to prevent spam bots / spam humans from registering)
  • StopHumanSpam (Stops human creating links / sigs / banned content, it also check for "sneaky broken links")
  • CustomImgCaptcha (also stops spam bots)
  • StopBotResources (to reduce the amount or resources spam bots use)
If you're in the same position as me, and you've noticed that quite a lot of "spammers" are coming from particular countries (from checking the user info, clicking the IP address returns the geo-location via, and your forum isn't even relevant to those countries, then this plug-in can help

Do not use this if you do not want to block any countries from registering on your forum (a lot of forums are very relevant to all countries)

On registration, this plug-in requests a JSON response for the country of the users IP address.

If you have selected to black list that country, or if you have selected white listing and not selected that country as part of the white list, they will be taken to the "new_registrations_currently_not_being_accepted" page (or a custom page)

This prevents users from that country from registering and should reduce the amount of user spam.

This is not a full proof mechanism, since the user could be using a proxy. However, from my experience, the human users that I've seen currently spamming do not often use a proxy.

This plugin now uses multiple methods of detecting proxies
  • Uses StopProxies API, to detect known Anonymous proxies
  • Checking the header to detect Transparent proxies
  • DNS look up
  • (Will also add scanning back as an option in the future)
This plug-in will reduced the amount of user spam (non-bot / link building / paid posters) from "suspect" countries, you might even find that it stops some bots.

Disclaimer: This plugin allows a mechanism to use a third party geolocation database via a JSON request to prevent registration. The location of the JSON request is definable by you via the Admin Control Panel, free examples of such sites are mentioned in the discussion

When you account upgrade at SurreyForum the plugin is immediately available to download (as an attachment in the first post), this is automated.

You should now have the following folder structure:
http:// www.
  • Go to ACP -> Add-ons -> Install Add-on -> Install from file on server
  • Install from file on server: " library/Tac/StopCountrySpam/addon-StopCountrySpam.xml"
  • Set options in the administration control panel ACP>>Home>>Options>>StopCountrySpam
NOTE: After installation, please set the JSON Request url and the Index Name with one of the following settings:


1. Unzip the following zip file, and copy over the original files with the new versions (just copy over the entire StopCountrySpam Folder)

2. From within the Admin Control Panel: yourforum/admin.php?add-ons/
find the StopCountrySpam, and select the options
Control >> Upgrade

3. Upgrade from file on server: library/Tac/StopCountrySpam/addon-StopCountrySpam.xml
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