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Post by Rico on 31/1/2011, 06:56

As of yesterday night, shadowdefender forums seem to be down Mad any word on that from Patrick?

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Post by ssj100 on 31/1/2011, 10:11

Seems to be up for me now.

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Re: Shadowdefender.com News Tracking Thread

Post by Guest on 31/1/2011, 18:06

Hi Rico,
Yes Shadow Defender forum is down for me too (2 days), the forum has been bombarded with hundreds of spammers over the last month many joining on the same day, it's been hard to keep up with it and frustrating not having admin to remove the spammers membership as global mod can only ban (not remove) which leaves spammers in the members list etc...I locked all the topics apart from new as spammers were leaving porn pictures in the forum while I was asleep. The Shadow Defender site is accessible to me but I can't see the forum.

SSJ can you still see the forum?

Rico wrote:As of yesterday night, shadowdefender forums seem to be down Mad any word on that from Patrick?


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Post by ssj100 on 31/1/2011, 23:01

Yes, forum is still up for me. No new posts since January 29th.

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Post by Ruhe on 31/1/2011, 23:04

By visiting http://www.shadowdefender.com/phpbb/index.php my browser only shows a blank white page. Here at home and in the office.
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Post by ssj100 on 31/1/2011, 23:26

Have you guys tried accessing it through proxies? I'm personally not using one though. Still up for me and appears fully functional.

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Post by exesi on 31/1/2011, 23:27

Down for me too.
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Post by Danny on 1/2/2011, 01:43

No problems here with SD site

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Post by Ruhe on 1/2/2011, 02:46

Visiting the domain is blocked by ClearCloud DNS now!
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Re: Shadowdefender.com News Tracking Thread

Post by ssj100 on 14/2/2011, 05:17

Guys, just to update what's going on with the Shadow Defender site. I am still currently able to access both the site and the forum. In fact, I am able post in the forum still. I posted in the "News and Events" category about 24 hours ago and no one has replied yet.

I am able to access both the site and the forum from home and from work. What I don't understand is why others can't? Again, for those who can't access the site, have any of you tried doing it via a proxy?

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Post by Rico on 14/2/2011, 06:44

That is very weird Rolling Eyes what proxy should we use? It seems users in Europe and the US cannot access the forums. My guess is that it could be hijacked and made unreachable to users in outside continenets.

ssj, what country are you in? searching for a proxy that is located in your country may be the solution.

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Post by p2u on 14/2/2011, 11:53

It's down for most people. You can read the explanation on wilderssecurity:
Shadow Defender Forum down - Post #9 by Sdmod

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Post by ssj100 on 14/2/2011, 12:14

patrick, can I spam the forum out then? Joking haha.

Seriously though, rather sad that Shadow Defender is slowly fading away. Personally I never quite liked it (felt buggy and not 100% reliable and caused a dodgy conflict with Sandboxie), but I know many out there who swear by it.

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Post by Sadeghi85 on 14/2/2011, 12:27

ssj100 wrote:

What I don't understand is why others can't? Again, for those who can't access the site, have any of you tried doing it via a proxy?

See Patrick's post over at Wilders: http://www.wilderssecurity.com/showpost.php?p=1827398&postcount=9

It appears that he was trying to ban IP ranges, everytime someone goes to that forum their IP will be compared to those in the ban list, this is where the server reaches the memory limit and shows a blank page except, it seems, for some IPs.

SSJ, Could you tell us the first 3 octets of your home and work IP, something like 74.125.77.xxx

We might be able to find a proxy close to that range so Patrick could access the forum and remove IP ranges from ban list.

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Post by Guest on 14/2/2011, 13:30

Hi, I'm not able to access the Shadow Defender forum at the moment, I took the desperate measures of ban list because we were getting swarmed and flooded with porn and spam, they were even leaving messages that we would receive more porn. They started leaving photos on at night when I was asleep of very young people in porn situations and when joining as members leaving stuff in the members list and sigs plus multiple links so banning all those ips as well became a very time consuming and tiring task and I couldn't remove membership only ban and delete. I used to send Tony a weekly ban membership list for spammers but when he disappeared I didn't have the same options.

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Post by ssj100 on 14/2/2011, 14:25

Sadeghi85 wrote:SSJ, Could you tell us the first 3 octets of your home and work IP, something like 74.125.77.xxx

We might be able to find a proxy close to that range so Patrick could access the forum and remove IP ranges from ban list.
One of the IP addresses that works is as follows:
118.90.93.XX

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Re: Shadowdefender.com News Tracking Thread

Post by Guest on 15/2/2011, 04:33

SSJ100, I've pmd you

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Post by Sadeghi85 on 15/2/2011, 04:39

OK, I didn't find a proxy that can access the forum, but I found a way: Change the browser's user agent to googlebot and use this link to login: -hxxp://www.shadowdefender.com/phpbb/ucp.php?mode=login

However, before fixing the forum(assuming it can be fixed) we have to find an effective way to stop those spammers.

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Post by Guest on 15/2/2011, 05:08

Where do I find the user agent?

Sadeghi85 wrote:OK, I didn't find a proxy that can access the forum, but I found a way: Change the browser's user agent to googlebot and use this link to login: -hxxp://www.shadowdefender.com/phpbb/ucp.php?mode=login

However, before fixing the forum(assuming it can be fixed) we have to find an effective way to stop those spammers.

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Post by Sadeghi85 on 15/2/2011, 05:30

patrick wrote:Where do I find the user agent?

If you're using Firefox, install the User Agent Switcher add-on then go to Tools -> Default User Agent -> Search Robots -> Googlebot 2.1

Don't forget to switch back to default when browsing other sites.

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Post by Guest on 15/2/2011, 06:00

Installed the switcher but cant seem to get it to go to the shadow defender page.

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patrick wrote:Where do I find the user agent?

If you're using Firefox, install the User Agent Switcher add-on then go to Tools -> Default User Agent -> Search Robots -> Googlebot 2.1

Don't forget to switch back to default when browsing other sites.

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Post by Sadeghi85 on 15/2/2011, 06:04

Did you find its menu? Just switch to Googlebot and then click this link.

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Post by Ruhe on 15/2/2011, 15:46

It's working with this manual tweak - no need for an add-on:

In Firefox open about:config and create a new string setting:

Name: general.useragent.override
Value: Googlebot/2.1

Now you can visit the board again.
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Post by Guest on 15/2/2011, 20:56

None of the above tweaks work for me, unfortunately, I still get the blank page.

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Post by Ruhe on 15/2/2011, 20:59

Strange. I get the blank page too without the tweak, but not with it.
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