Guestbook Spam – FIXED

We are happy to announce that today, we pushed out a filter to cut down on the number of guestbook spam comments that our users have been receiving.  This has been a painful issue for a lot of you, to eliminate the problem we have been working silently on resolving this issue.  We believe that the new filtering system will greatly cut down on the number of such posts.

If after today you see other comments come through, please notify us so that we can continue to improve the filtering process.

Thank you for all your patience and understanding while we were working on this fix.

The Webs Team

44 Responses

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    Mar 03, 2010 - 10:52 PM

    I Have two websites with you & the spam comments have been a great nuisance. I hope the filters work. (fingers crossed)

    Thank you.

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    Mar 03, 2010 - 11:14 PM

    Thanks for the update Webs, if I receive any more unwanted comments in the guestbook I will let you know.


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    Mar 04, 2010 - 01:51 AM

    Thank you!! I hope it works, I will also let you know if the problem continues

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    Mar 04, 2010 - 02:51 AM

    I just posted a question about this yesterday! I really hope this works. I rent my vacation cabin through my website and most people look at the guestbook comments. It bothered me that viagra type ads were being put in there.

    I was just wondering if some type of approval process could be set up so all guestbook entries must be approved by the site administrator. This would keep them from getting to public view.

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    Mar 04, 2010 - 06:19 AM

    Thanks for fixing this problem for so many Webs users. It’s great to know that such a big company as actually do care about their users!

    On behalf of any other users out there who will probably never say thanks to you either because they don’t want to or haven’t seen this blog post, THANK-YOU WEBS.COM!


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    Mar 04, 2010 - 08:53 AM

    i have had a massive problem or error
    i was happily enjoying webs i had done alot of work and at the bottom i added a new contents box and then the horror hit it said we are sorry we couldn’t save ur draft please refresh page
    i didn’t i published it instead and when pc’s on max reloaded it didn’t have it had a contents box that i created under my work please help me recover the lost work…

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    Mar 04, 2010 - 04:53 PM

    Hello – I am glad to hear you fixed spam problem, but I seem to be experiencing a problem from one of mine. I had spam from someone who designs webpages earlier in the week. Since then, several of my members (including myself-listed as administrator) have been mysteriously removed from site. I have been unable to sign on as a regular member – can only log in on admin site.
    Can this be fixed?

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      the Webs Team
      Mar 04, 2010 - 05:26 PM

      @Jammie & @Cory: Your issues have been forwarded to our support team.

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    Mar 04, 2010 - 08:50 PM

    thank you for looking into this – I look forward to hearing the results.
    thx again!

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    Mar 04, 2010 - 11:16 PM

    How do you even try to add a website to your account this new thng i am sooooo pissed at!

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      the Webs Team
      Mar 04, 2010 - 11:58 PM

      @Meghan: You can attach a website to your websid through the dashboard (the first page you see upon logging in). If you create a new site using the same email address, the new site will show up in your dashboard with option to attach.

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    Mar 04, 2010 - 11:40 PM

    Thank you so much for the solution. 🙂 While I haven’t had to many spammers drop by my guestbook, I’ve seen many other site owners have to drown in this kind of problem.

    I’m grateful, but sadly everyone’s got to admit that most of the people sending spam (especially at guestbooks) are site owners from other Webs sites. -.-

    This won’t stop the spammers, but its a great first step.

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    Mar 05, 2010 - 12:41 AM

    All i want to know is how do you classify between an honest comment and spam, how does that work? i would hate it a friend of mine would try to comment and it would mark him as spam.

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      the Webs Team
      Mar 05, 2010 - 01:15 AM

      @jules: Great question. Our filter works to detect bots since they behave very differently from the way you and I would online. Upon detecting such behavior the comment will be blocked.

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    Mar 05, 2010 - 01:29 AM

    Thanks so much for fixing this issue, WEBS. We were all getting tired of those annoying guestbook spams… I hope this filter works well.

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    Eddie Walker Jr.
    Mar 05, 2010 - 05:44 AM

    Thank you. I’ve been receiving alot of spam on my guestbook page, even today. Please check my page to ensure it is working, as I believe I received even after you’ve taken additional measures. Thank you for helping. Aloha and Mahalo
    The Family Walker

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    Mar 05, 2010 - 09:23 AM


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    Mar 05, 2010 - 05:08 PM

    It’s nice that you’ve fixed the spamming issue in the guestbook, but could you possible do it as well in the shoutbox? It has become really annoying and people tend to abuse it more and more.
    I actually have deleted my shoutbox at this point and I would appreciate it if you could simply fix that.

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    Mar 05, 2010 - 05:39 PM

    Any idea how long it will be to figure out the problem I posted yesterday afternoon? I have some important info to share with my members, but dont want them to risk deletion by logging on.

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      the Webs Team
      Mar 05, 2010 - 06:03 PM

      @Jammie: please submit your questions to our support team. You can find them through the support button located in your account or through our contact us page:

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    Mar 05, 2010 - 05:52 PM

    I have been bombarded with guestbook garbage for a few weeks now and am sick of having to go in and delete them all daily. I sure hope your fix works. Having a site about saltwater Anemones and tanks and having guestbook signatures about Viagra are to say the least upsetting. So thanks for trying to fix this issue.

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      the Webs Team
      Mar 05, 2010 - 06:02 PM

      @karenssaltwater: please let us know if you see any spam posts since the fix has been launched.

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    Luis Camacho
    Mar 05, 2010 - 08:21 PM

    What ever happened to the contest worth 1000 store points, and the other contest to get site re-designed?

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      the Webs Team
      Mar 05, 2010 - 09:13 PM

      @Luis: Winners of those contests were contacted directly by our staff through email.

  19. Reply
    Mar 06, 2010 - 05:54 PM

    hi, i dont know how to show my site. help please. i wonder if i buy the name without hebergement, or if i buy the hebergement without the name, what’s better?

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      the Webs Team
      Mar 07, 2010 - 03:04 AM

      @Marie: If you need assistance with publishing your website you can always contact our support team. As for the premium services question, it really depends on what your current website needs are. To learn more about our premium services, please read over this page:

  20. Reply
    Mar 07, 2010 - 03:30 AM

    This is GREAT NEWS!! Thank you freewebs.

  21. Reply
    Mar 07, 2010 - 01:33 PM

    I never had so much spam in the Guestbook as the last two days, obviouisly this filter doesn’t work. I would love a way to approve of posts in the guestbook, seems the best solution. Right now I am removing spam from it about 6 times a day. Thank you for trying though.

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      the Webs Team
      Mar 07, 2010 - 04:17 PM

      Govi: Thank you for reporting this. We are investigating on ways to improve the filter.

  22. Reply
    Mar 07, 2010 - 05:08 PM

    Hi,i have a problem on site manager… i can only see my manage files but i can’t see my pages :S.Please anyone can help me how to see my pages?

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      the Webs Team
      Mar 07, 2010 - 05:31 PM

      @csdoaclan: Your issue has been passed on to the support team.

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    Mar 09, 2010 - 11:00 AM


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    Mar 11, 2010 - 05:42 PM

    YAAAAAAAAAY! thnx so much!!!!!

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    Mar 12, 2010 - 12:15 AM

    I was getting so fed up with the hate comments and spam. Most of it though, comes from other Webs sites…

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    Mar 12, 2010 - 12:31 PM

    hiiii every body

  27. Reply
    Mar 15, 2010 - 06:46 PM

    Thanks! I noticed I hadn’t gotten any guestbook porn in the past few days and was wondering if had done something about it.

  28. Reply
    Mar 16, 2010 - 12:42 PM

    Thanks Webs Team ! I have noticed the same that no spam messages in guestbook.

    Nice work ! Keep making us proud 🙂

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    Mar 25, 2010 - 07:29 PM


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    May 20, 2010 - 01:12 AM

    I would love a way to approve of posts in the guestbook, seems the best solution. Right now I am removing spam from it about 6 times a day. Thank you for trying though.

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    Cal Lamoreaux
    Jun 22, 2010 - 08:33 AM

    My site has suddenly gone from 3 bona fide members, that it had for a year, to 50 members, that have no real interest in the group subject, in three days. Each new member, most from around the world, posts an introductory message that is advertizing their own web site or cause. A new form of spam! Someone must have written an article on how to use the freewebs groups to spread spam.

    So . . . . .I changed the permissions so that new members have to be approved and changed the new members to limited. Now I have to go through and individually delete them.

    I wish I could delete a bunch with one operation.

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    Aug 14, 2010 - 09:00 AM

    Foreign language spam on my website several times today.Frustrating deleting it repeatedly today.

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    Sep 07, 2010 - 09:25 PM

    We were all getting tired of those annoying guestbook spams

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    Delmar Petraglia
    Sep 09, 2011 - 09:26 AM

    I think other web-site proprietors should take this web site as an model, very clean and fantastic user friendly style and design, let alone the content.You’re an expert in this topic!

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