Plugin Reviews

AVH First Defense Against Spam

The AVH First Defense Against Spam plugin gives you the ability to block spammers before any content is served.

14 reviews
Average Rating
2.5 out of 5 stars
Long time user
By , for WP 4.3.1

I've been using this plugin for years in all my worpdress installs and it still do a great job.

broke my sites
By , for WP 4.2.2

Current update broke our sites and had to remove the plugin

Broke my site!
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DEVELOPER: Take this plugin down! You see all the complaints and errors that it's causing

Was good no support
By , for WP 4.2.2

Appears that has been NO support for a year now from the looks of the support threads. It has been blowing .php errors since the release of 4.2. I used to really love this but down to one star for lack of keeping this product updated as well as followed up and resolved in support forums.

By , for WP 4.2.2

Blocks legit content, messed up https, prevents people from commenting even if whitelisted... this causes more problems than it solves.

Quality Plugin, may not be for Beginners
By , for WP 4.1.1

I've used this plugin on several sites and use all 3 of the 3rd parties with it. It's been very solid for me and very reliable (I get results just as good as Akismet). However, the settings may be a bit confusing for beginners or those not familiar with WP and how spam setups work.

It's the one I use
By , for WP 3.8.1

Works very well with only default options. I hope it will not block trusted visitors - the limit of this kind of plugins.

Blocked by my own blog!?!
By , for WP 3.8

avh-first-defense-against-spam repeatedly added my IP as SPAM to its IP cache. I deleted the IP from the cache and tried again. First time it shows the page, second time I am blocked. It blocked me even though I was no even trying to add a comment. This is not acceptable.

Additionally it does not tell me why it blocked my IP. It does not even tell me when I'm logged in as admin. In the IP cache it should show the reason why it added an IP as SPAM. Also missing is a reverse lookup of the IP. I'm tired of doing the reverse lookup by hand.

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Blocked the whole university! LOL

Whole country blocked
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2 days ago I received a "Access has been blocked" message when I tried to assess my favorite blog at home.
today I got the same message when I tried to assess the blog at my office.
I think the damned plugin blocks all IP of the single biggest ISP of Taiwan.
or even worse, it blocks the whole country.
great job!

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