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Find and delete all bot accounts?


 
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Acaria
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Joined: 20 Feb 2009

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PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2009 10:18 pm 
Post subject: Find and delete all bot accounts?

Well, the site I work for is going to be making a massive overhaul of the site. It fell to ruin a long time ago and has been attacked by masses of bots.

I'm hoping there's some kind of Mod that would be able to find and delete all bot accounts without harming the real users?
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Ornette
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Joined: 16 Mar 2009

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PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2009 2:23 am 
Post subject: Re: Find and delete all bot accounts?

Impossible

I have done this by hand, using my judgement. You see there is no sure fire way of knowing you are getting rid of spam acocunts and not real registered users.

There are only clues you can go upon, but no tried & tested algorhythm is possible, imo!!! icon_lol.gif

I can go into some details of the criteria's I used to delete users, which I found to be very reliable. Reply to this thread if you'd like more info
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Acaria
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PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2009 5:54 am 
Post subject: Re: Find and delete all bot accounts?

Ack, I feared as much. D;

Well, I guess I'll just go by and delete all the accounts that link to off-the-wall websites, no posts, strange emails to @sitename.com stuff, etc.

Ugh, but there are thousands of them. D<


Thank you! <3
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dogs and things
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PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2009 7:26 am 
Post subject: Re: Find and delete all bot accounts?

Admin Userlist 2.0.6 will be helpful as it allows you to group users by postcount, website etc. and delete more then one account at the time.
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Acaria
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PostPosted: Fri May 22, 2009 4:21 am 
Post subject: Re: Find and delete all bot accounts?

Looks good, Dogs and Things! icon_biggrin.gif

Thank you! <3
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Ornette
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PostPosted: Fri May 22, 2009 6:55 am 
Post subject: Re: Find and delete all bot accounts?

I done some custom SQL queries and a bit of messing around with said data in Excel to examine all my user accounts. Then, I used Admin Toolkit to delete users, I believe it was.

It took some time.

First criterias to go on, are:
users inactive, users that have never visited, and users that have not posted.

Second criteras... visually scanning usernames / emails / websites
The human eye can usually distinguish... but be careful
Also, check strange entries in location, or occupation fields. There is another criteria, not so sure about this board not allowing PM's so... email me

Note this is only worth doing if you have got a reliable anti spam mod on your board, that is stopping new spam registrations. Otherwise, i'd suggest you look into that first
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