Login protection, Spam Protection, Site Security

This plugin stops spam at the very source. It leverages major DNS and e-mail black list providers to prevent spam sources from registration and login into your site.
SpambotCheck delivers you real-time spam protection which is constantly and diligently being worked on by various international nonprofit organizations.

Feature Overview

  • SpambotCheck offers simple opt-in configuration for:
    • black list providers to use
    • Points of impact to survey (registration, registration and login)
    • Spam ID information to use (IP, e-mail address and/or username)
  • SpambotCheck allows you to maintain your own personalized local listings:
    • whitelist (e-mail and/or IP)
    • blacklist (e-mail)
  • Get an instant overview of spam attacks targeting your site:
    • Log, view and edit spam attack information
    • Receive incident notification via e-mail
    • Registered users who show suspicious behavior are labeled accordingly
  • Currently supported black list providers:
  • Languages:
    • English
    • German
    • Spanish
    • French
    • Italian
    • Estnian
    • Portuguese

SpambotCheck is a small, concise and most importantly a non-invasive plugin, that already offers you about 99.5% efficiency in spam attack protection.
The plugin does not need to inspect any contents and therefore is suitable in all situations where there is not any mail text or submission text available.
And even if you are dealing with text submission in forums and blogs, as long as registration and/or login is required, you might consider to use SpambotCheck in combination with additional content analyzing tools that run afterwards.
SpambotCheck would then be acting as the outer most tier of any composed spam protection stack that provides you with the highest site protection level possible.

Support issues or feature requests are very welcomed at our SpambotCheck user forum.

A special version of SpambotCheck is already bundled with our custom form creator 'visforms' to protect all your exposed custom made forms right from the start.

Your Contribution Matters
If you happen to encounter the unlikely case to be one of the first targets of a yet unlisted spam source, feel free to report to one of the above mentioned black list providers.
SpambotCheck's own enhanced users view provides you with all information you need to easily file a report.

Release Notes:

Most Recent Release History:

November 22, 2018
Release of Version 4.0.0 Alpha for Joomla! 4

November 20, 2018
Changes for Version 3.0.1 (Joomla! 3.9)
Code Refactoring
Support Joomla! Privacy Tool Suite

March 24, 2015
Changes for Version 1.3.13 (Joomla! 3.x):
Removed provider as it stopped its service.
Bugfixes concerning both blacklist and whitelist.
Bugfixes concerning the various filter functions of the component's data views.
Code was thoroughly refactored and comprehensively automatically tested.

February 10, 2014
Changes for Version 1.3.12 (Joomla! 3.2):
Bugfix for Joomla! 3.2.2 UsersHelper::getActions() was changed in Joomla! 3.2.2 and calling it threw a fatal error.
Version is only compatible with 3.2.2 or higher (For Joomla 3.0 to 3.2.1 use Version 1.3.11).

October 18, 2013
Changes for Version 1.3.11 (Joomla! 3.0):
Only check e-mail whitelist when an e-mail is passed.
Only check IP whitelist when an IP is passed.
Changes for Version 1.1.11 (Joomla! 2.5):
Added e-mail blacklist and added a component with several views to manage suspicious users and logged spam attack data.

June 19, 2013
Changes for Version 1.3.10 (Joomla! 3.0):
Handled deprecated and modified functions in Joomla! 3.0.
Changes for Version 1.3.10 (Joomla! 3.0) and 1.1.10 (Joomla! 2.5):
Included script.php to handle flawless auto update.
Changed all tags for language files to a Joomla! compatible format.
General refactoring and minor bug fixes.

April 11, 2013
Changes for Version 1.3.9 (Joomla! 3.0) and 1.1.9 (Joomla! 2.5):
Improvements in finding all super administrators.
Integration of new Joomla! Updater (you can use the update function of the extension manager to find and install updates).

March 21, 2013
Changes for Version 1.3.8 (Joomla! 3.0) and 1.1.8 (Joomla! 2.5):
New parameters added to specifically control admin e-mail notification about spam attacks.
Include full user information (username, e-mail and IP) when logging spam attack information into the database (some of this information haven't been stored in previous versions).
Changes for Version 1.1.8 (Joomla! 2.5):
Allow generic e-mail in the whitelist.
The e-mail whitelist is now a text area having more space.
Check cUrl availability during installation (which was already available for Joomla! 3.0).

January 14, 2013
Changes for Version 1.3.7 (Joomla! 3.0)
Compatibility for Joomla! 3.0.
Allow generic e-mail in the whitelist.
The e-mail whitelist is now a text area having more space.
Check cUrl availability during installation (which was already available for Joomla! 3.0).

Works easily and stops a lot of spammers. I use it at a lot of websites now.
Ease of use
Works easily and stops a lot of spammers. I use it at a lot of websites now.
I used this to: To stop fake spam registrations. Don't those people have nothing else to do. Spam doesn't work and is very irritating

Works Great

Posted on 24 March 2020
We were looking for something that is fast and simple to stop spam at our website - SpambotCheck works great!
Ease of use
Set and forget it. Nothing much to twiddle after the initial install.
Support is on point. thank you! thank you! thank you! thank you! thank you! thank you!
Do not need it - great! great! great! great! great! great! great!
I used this to: To prevent spam in our website. To prevent spam in our website.To prevent spam in our website.
Ease of use
n/a, as never used
I used this to: Our scanOpenLabel customer web site

Personal review

Posted on 02 March 2016
Works perfectly
Ease of use
I used this to: Since I installed this plugin fake registrations happens only sometimes, very very good extension.
This is just great, very very useful! Helped me a lot!
Ease of use
Great Extension! It does lot of work for you!
This is just great, very very useful! Helped me a lot!
Great Extension! It does lot of work for you!
I used this to: This is just great, very very useful! Helped me a lot!

Excellent Plugin

Posted on 14 May 2014
Excellent Plugin, We are really appreciate the efforts of developers for creating such wonderful and very useful plugin....Hats up to you guys..

Thanking you

A must have!

Posted on 07 November 2013
This plugin has eliminated automated spam for me. It's able to perform several types of checks, works flawlessly, and is very easy to setup.

If your website has any kind of public/guest write access (guestbook, forum, contact form etc), then this plugin is something you should install.

The only flaw, though a small one most of us can live with, is that it does not show a user, whose login attemt is rejected, why he cannot log in. So the user may keep trying various passwords etc, even though the password was correct.

brilliant spam solution

Posted on 12 August 2013
stops spam at the source. When a known spam user attempts to register or login to your site, this extension will deny the user access and notify admin about what happened.
I'd like thanking this great job to the authors.I haven't tried all the options yet, but it went ok with my spam-register problem.

It Works!

Posted on 25 May 2013
We had a serious problem with spam posts and spam logins in our Kunen forum.

This extension is the only one that gave us a solution.

It really stoped spammers being able to login and post messages.

Thank you!!!


By Aicha Vack
Smooth newbie introduction, professional feature set, flexible validation, nested conditional fields, customizable email, user data management, user inputs in frontend, native spam protection, Gratis. visForms comprises both, all basic standard features including responsive design that any contemporary form generator should offer, and a rich professional feature set free of charge. We spent quit...


Aicha Vack
Last updated:
Apr 29 2024
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Date added:
Nov 18 2014
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