Spam Free WordPress
[resolved] Update broke my sites (8 posts)

  1. lbartley
    Posted 2 years ago #

    After updating the spam free wordpress plugin on my multisite this morning I get a message at the top of every site demanding I upgrade to a paid service. It also broke all my logins. I cannot log into the control panel of any site or my main site. What can I do to remove the plugin and get rid of the spam it's producing on all my sites?


  2. lbartley
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I was able to delete the plugin from my Multisite but one of my single sites ValidityMag.com is still broken. I can't login to the dashboard to delete the Spam Free WordPress plugin. When I try I get the following message.

    Simple Comments is the pro version replacement for Spam Free WordPress.

    Get bullet proof spam protection, more features, and support with Simples Comments.

    Until July 31 get 20% OFF Simple Comments. Use COUPON CODE SFWPJUL. Learn more.


    Warning: Cannot modify header information - headers already sent by (output started at /home/beckynew/public_html/validitymag.com/wp-content/plugins/spam-free-wordpress/includes/functions.php:110) in /home/beckynew/public_html/validitymag.com/wp-includes/pluggable.php on line 876

  3. mkilian
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Wild guess (no guarantee that it works): When you load BLOG-URL/wp-admin/ (where BLOG-URL is -- well -- the URL of your blog), are you able to log in?

    Regarding the latest updates of this plugin: I'll send a mail to the plugin people @wordpress.org and suggest to remove it.

  4. lbartley
    Posted 2 years ago #

    No- Going to http://validitymag.com/wp-admin/ produces the error described in my last post.

  5. mkilian
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Sorry, I missed that post.

    In this case, I see two possible ways to fix it:

    If you have ftp or ssh access (or can remove files by other means other then using the wordpress backend), just remove the plugin.

    Else, if you have some way to change or override php.ini values, try enabling PHP output buffering (output_buffering = On in php.ini). This may workaround the error you see.

    Otherwise, I'm sorry i'm running out of ideas.

  6. I have identified the problem with the update that caused this, and emailed the info to the plugin author. I believe the breakage was unintentional. In the meantime, the plugin has been de-listed to prevent any further breakages. When the author fixes the plugin and contacts us, we will re-list it.

  7. lbartley
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Thanks Mkillian and Samuel. I was able to remove the plugin through my cpanel file manager and the site seems to be functioning properly now. Hopefully a working version of the plugin will be available soon.

  8. Todd Lahman
    Plugin Author

    Posted 2 years ago #

    I made an unfortunate mistake with a hook in SFW. I have fixed it in the new version. My apologies.

    Kind regards,


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