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BILLCAT
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USA
40 Posts

Posted - January 22 2007 :  11:53:20  Show Profile  Visit BILLCAT's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Does any one one there have this problem and/or know how to solve this annoyance.

Talking about the review section of vpasp(vpasp 6.x). For the past year or so it has beem hammered by someone or some type of program, out there. It posts reviews at a rate of over 100 per day. Stuff like , "best casino games" "viagra" "game downloads", "male enhancement" "stock picks" , etc etc you all know the deal.

About 6 months ago i changed the config to require authorization of the reviews before they show up , thats great for keeping them from automatically displaying for my customers , but i still have to go in there and delete them from "edit reviews" in admin. Today alone I deleted 362 of these annoying reviews. The fake reviews come complete with a name, title , and many many links in the message, but no respond email or any way of knowing where they came from. I suspect a program of some type is adding them to the system because the rate at which they appear is very consistent and in large amount.

I have even tried to change the names of the asp files that add and display the revies on vpasp , but it only fixed the problem for a couple of days before they figured out the new asp file names.

Plese help, anyone.

Thanks

Bill


rvaga
VP-ASP Super User

USA
254 Posts

Posted - January 22 2007 :  15:22:10  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I had a similar problem, but nowhere near as extreme as yours. In my case, it was a javascript which would immediately foreward (refresh) the page to the bad guy's affiliate link page. This has happened several times.

I finally got pissed, looked up the owner on whois, and called him. It was a kid (high school?). Every so often, the same thing happens, a javascript is inserted doing the same thing.

It would be great, if somehow VPASP could check all input from anyone, either in Reviews or anywhere else: any entries that contain html tags would be deleted. Don't know if this would be possible.
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support
Administrator

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Posted - January 22 2007 :  16:40:26  Show Profile  Visit support's Homepage  Reply with Quote
See this post:
http://www.vpasp.com/virtprog/vpaspforum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=6390

Thanks
Cam

VP-ASP Support
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BILLCAT
Starting Member

USA
40 Posts

Posted - February 01 2007 :  22:01:21  Show Profile  Visit BILLCAT's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I have added image verification to the reviews section of vpasp 6.093 and it seems to have stopped the spam reviews

see link below
http://www.essentialsbycatalina.com/shop/shopsreviewadd.asp?id=25 br /
vpasp used captcha for the verification script and is available from their download area if you have a purchased copy of vpasp.

Note: That it only works with version 6.093 and will be part of the up and coming v6.50.

Also note : that the instructions from vpasp on istall is missing soem instruction, in additionif you have modified yoru original files you are best to manually copy the new code into your files instead of just replacing them with the update files you get viw the vpasp email.

Let me know if you have questions.
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extremeskillz
VP-ASP New User

USA
94 Posts

Posted - February 09 2007 :  13:51:03  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
how did you add the code to the files.
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BILLCAT
Starting Member

USA
40 Posts

Posted - February 09 2007 :  22:56:18  Show Profile  Visit BILLCAT's Homepage  Reply with Quote
GOTO THE FOLLOWING LINK

http://www.vpasp.com/sales/addons600.asp

AND SELECT "CAPTCHA email form validation"

Enter your order # and email and they will send it to you via email within minutes, instructions are included. Remember if you have customized your cart and is now different from the original then it would be best to use a program like winmerge and migrate the changes from the captcha files you get from vpasp to your own files. I mean customized like you have changed the code inside the asp files, not talking about setting features in admin. If you have not customized the code then just copy the files vpasp send you over yours. Always a good idea to backup everything first.

In addition If you only want to add captcha to the reviews area then all you need to update is the shopreviewadd.asp file and the shop$db.asp . Ofcoarse you also need to upload the captcha folder vpasp sends you to your shop folder on the server. If you want captcha to work for all areas like contact us, tell a friend, etc then just do all the files they give you.

** The most important thing to remember is that the captcha will only work with vpasp version 6.093. If you want to wait for version 6.50, VPASP tells me it should be out in a couple of months and Captcha is already built in.

P.S. I am working on the extra code for captcha that will allow a customer to hear the code from their speakers, that way it will allow visually impaired persons to hear the code. That should also satisfy the other users out here that think captcha is wrong for us to use, just because they don't have a spamming problem and have the time to bring it up. The rest of us suffer with endless manual deleted of spam in our reciews. I have had no more spam reviews since i put in captcha.

Bill
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