Support » Plugin: Really Simple CAPTCHA » Site performance down after upgrade to 3.5.2

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  • Plugin Author Takayuki Miyoshi


    Can I see the site?

    The plugin is deactivated. Let me know when to activate it so you can see the difference.

    The site is monitored and I have a screenshot of a graph with average response time. Please let me know if you are interested in seeing that and where I can send it to.

    Plugin Author Takayuki Miyoshi


    Yes, I’d like to see the Really Simple CAPTCHA working in the contact form. Could you activate it?

    It is active now.

    Plugin Author Takayuki Miyoshi


    OK. Thanks. I confirmed there surely is overloading.

    How many files do you see in wp-content/uploads/wpcf7_captcha folder now?

    9350 kb in 13855 files

    Plugin Author Takayuki Miyoshi


    OK. Having thousands of files in the folder is not normal, but I guess there used to be more. They should be removed later. You can also remove them manually.

    I have an idea on what might cause the problem.

    The form and captcha are on the home page and I have a monitoring system accessing that page to gather statistics. I am assuming that every time a monitor accesses the page a new captcha is created.

    At least that is what I think is happening when I look at the files being created in the wpc7_captcha folder.

    I am running a test with captcha and monitors on. Tomorrow I will clean the folder and switch the monitors off.

    I will let you know what the result is.

    Is there a cleaning process for the captcha folder to prevent flooding?

    Plugin Author Takayuki Miyoshi


    The current version of Really Simple CAPTCHA tries to clear files older than 60 minutes every time generating a new CAPTCHA. Older versions of Really Simple CAPTCHA don’t have this function, but Contact Form 7 was hundling it.

    There used to be a bug that this cleaning process doesn’t work properly on Windows servers. As it has been fixed now, you won’t see this issue once you clear the CAPTCHA folder manually.

    I’m experiencing same problem but manually clearing the folder has been difficult task through GoDaddy.

    I wonder if I’m experiencing: and

    My problem is, I may have been using older version of plugin on my site that was on WordPress 2.9.1. I created a new site on latest wordpress plugin over past few weeks. Tonight I went to delete everything on the root of that install but the “wp-content/uploads/wpcf7_captcha” AND “wp-content/plugins/contact-form-7/wpcf7_captcha/wpcf7_captcha” would not let me delete. There are over 25,000 files on this directory which date from 3/28 – 8/28. I starting using the plugin in March.

    Any advice? Am I safe to continue to use the latest version of the plugin once I’m able to delete these files?

    Anyone have advice? I’ve upgraded to latest versions of plugin, latest version of Contact Form 7 and latest version of WordPress. I’m running site off of Windows hosting account.

    Files continue to build up and not delete after 60 mins…

    I’m on latest version of plugin and latest version of WordPress. The images are not deleting and I’m not sure what to do…

    Can anyone confirm that this happens when running WP on IIS? Is there a workaround?

    Thank you


    I am running latest version on IIS 7.5 and am having same issue. I have files in the upload captcha folder from months ago. Deleted those old files and site started to load quicker again.

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