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Randem

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Re: ANNOUNCEMENTS & WARNINGS
« Reply #5 on: July 02, 2019, 06:47:17 AM »
Do not install BotBanish while your site is under a Denial of Service (DoS) attack. BotBanish is meant to be a deterrent and prevention mechanism; pretty much like getting a flu shot. You get a flu shot to deter the flu, build up antibodies to prevent the flu. Taking a flu shot while you have the flu is pretty much moot.

On shared hosting; your ISP may block BotBanish suspecting that it is BotBanish that is causing the problem because it will be the only single program that is being utilized the most and checking with an outside source (BotBanish Servers). Your ISP will most likely blame BotBanish for their server resource usage instead of the bot attack itself. Some ISP's will block BotBanish then attempt to sell you their firewall service to block bots.

BotBanish can be used in conjunction with your ISP's firewall service. In that role BotBanish will still protect your site from logon attempts and other specialized site issues that the ISP's firewall cannot handle.

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Re: ANNOUNCEMENTS & WARNINGS
« Reply #4 on: June 24, 2019, 11:14:47 PM »
NOTICE: To Users of BotBanish 3.3.01.

Please immediately uninstall it and install the latest version update (version 3.3.02 at this time). You can get this from the Simple Machines Site or from the BotBanish Site. We have had to revert from Apache 2.4 directives to Apache 2.2 directives for many hosted servers do not have all the needed modules installed and results can vary widely. If you need help converting your BotBanish installed directive areas into Apache 2.2 directives, contact us with a post and we will be glad to assist.

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Re: ANNOUNCEMENTS & WARNINGS
« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2019, 11:20:31 AM »
BotBanish 3.3.00 has changed the way it processes the .htaccess file and there are a few things you need to know to keep all operations going smoothly. BotBanish will now use the Apache 2.4 version of directives in the .htaccess file instead of the Apache 2.2 version of directive. Both directive are still understood by Apache 2.4 but at some time the Apache 2.2 directives will fade away and BotBanish wants to be ahead of that day.

If you are running on Apache 2.2, BotBanish will still use that version of the directives because Apache 2.2 does not understand the new directives. In so as doing this your .htaccess file may contain both directives if you were running on an earlier version of BotBanish (prior to version 3.3.00) and you have installed BotBanish 3.3.00. It is advised to convert to the updated directives.

If you should want to do this, BotBanish supplies a conversion routine that will do this for you BUT you will need to consolidate the information manually after the conversion or you can simply do the conversion and consolidation manually.

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Re: ANNOUNCEMENTS & WARNINGS
« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2018, 12:00:45 PM »
BotBanish 3.1.00 has been Released. This is a MUST Update!!! We have switched communications from HTTP to HTTPS and prior version may not work.
Uninstall old version and install new version. Check our support site for more information.

On some user accounts the permissions have been change on BotBanish folders not allowing BotBanish to work and cause terminal errors. The permissions on BotBanish folders in the root folder should be 0755. Changing them back to this permission will allow BotBanish to continue to work.

We also recommend that user to update BotBanish to the latest version (3.1.00).

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ANNOUNCEMENTS & WARNINGS
« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2018, 12:58:57 AM »
02/27/2018 - Please check your .htaccess for the following entries and remove them. They will block some useful bots.

1) SetEnvIfNoCase User-Agent "www." bad_bot

2) deny from xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx (this will be the actual IP of the website that was blocked)

3) Also remove from the botbanishclient_ip table the IP address mention in #2.

If you want a particular bot or website to access your system without BotBanish intervention; add the IP address of the bot / website to the botbanishclient_ip_dnb table in your database. This will prevent the BotBanish Client from locking the bot / website out even if the BotBanish Server will. To get the website's IP address:

1) Get the website's domain name from the address bar of your browser (.com, .org etc...)
2) Open a CMD prompt, type in ping followed by the domain name (without the http://, https:// or www.)
3) Ping the domain name.
4) Add the returned IP address in the botbanishclient_ip_dnb table.

All mentioned tables will be located SMF database (SMF), OpenCart database (OpenCart), WordPress database (WP) or user named database (Website).

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