The AVH First Defense Against Spam plugin gives you the ability to block spammers before any content is served.
Current update broke our sites and had to remove the plugin
DEVELOPER: Take this plugin down! You see all the complaints and errors that it's causing
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.
Blocks legit content, messed up https, prevents people from commenting even if whitelisted... this causes more problems than it solves.
Blocked the whole university! LOL
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.
If you're using this plugin and have the "block before serving content" on (if that's a separate setting, that is), then you're effectively blocking broadband users from accessing your website at all (thanks to the plugin using Spamhaus lists in the wrong way). Screenshot to prove that: http://i49.tinypic.com/357psib.jpg
The plugin blocked the Google Bot from indexing my website. I recognized that only as I looked in my Webmastertools and I got a bunch of 404's. Allthough all sites were accessable for me, the Google Bot was blocked. I am not sure what settings were responsible for that as I directly deleted the plugin to prevent further damage to the website and it's rankings.
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