Support » Plugin: Blackhole for Bad Bots » Removed plugin a long time ago, still seeing blackhole-related queries

  • Resolved Cheryl

    (@tricheryltops)


    Hi,

    I was looking at logs for my website and see a great number of queries to index.php?blackhole=, each with a different number after the =. I haven’t had the blackhole plugin on my website since around last March — I disabled as it wasn’t working well with caching plugins.

    Are there any leftover database tables, etc that I should be looking at to get rid of this or is there a way to block these queries?

    Thanks
    Cheryl

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  • Plugin Author Jeff Starr

    (@specialk)

    If you removed the plugin via the WP Plugins screen, all database tables and options should have been removed. You can always verify by searching for the following strings:

    blackhole_
    bbb_

    There should be no traces of either of those strings if you removed the plugin via the Plugins screen.

    Thread Starter Cheryl

    (@tricheryltops)

    OK, thanks.
    I didn’t find tables leftover from the plugin.
    I went ahead and edited robots.txt to keep bots from hitting queries with ?blackhole=.
    I hope that helps:)
    Cheryl

    Plugin Author Jeff Starr

    (@specialk)

    In the logs, are the ?blackhole= queries all from the same user agent, IP address, or other similar factors? It could be a rogue bot or some other automated script that is making the requests.

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