Plugin Reviews

Growmap Anti Spambot Plugin

Defeat automated spambots (even the new 'learning' bots with dynamically named hidden fields) by adding a client side generated checkbox.

33 reviews
Average Rating
3.9 out of 5 stars
Only thing that works for me
By , for WP 4.5.3

Akismet was worthless because it doesn't block automated bots and once you're on their lists they bury your site with them. I was up to 1000+ spam comments a day. That dropped to only 40 real comments (a few manually left spam, but easily controlled once the 960+ were blocked).

I do periodically change the random letters, numbers and characters any time I notice any spam coming in and that blocks them out again. Apparently, they can eventually crack that code no matter how long it is. But you can make them start over anytime you choose.

A great plugin that no longer works
By ,

I really hate to see this one go. I don't know what has changed but it doesn't block spam at all anymore, and hasn't for months.

I have used GASP for years and it's been great but about 6-8 months ago it just quit blocking spam. I don't know if spammers have gotten smarter (hint, they have. I've seen bot comment spammers for sale that can click "invisible" checkboxes like this easily), or maybe wordpress has updated and broke it. GASP has not been updated in a long time now and I don't know if it will ever be updated again.

I've maxed out the settings and played with everything but no luck. the checkbox is there, the other measures are there, I've changed my codes....but it just won't block the spam. With GASP running I get about 3-4 spam comments an hour on my high traffic sites.

I now use wp-spamshield without any problems. I really hope the creators of GASP bring some new updates in the future, I would love to come back because of the better options.

Doesn't work
By ,

The checkbox doesn't appear on my blog. Uninstalling.

Very Good!
By , for WP 4.1

This plugin helped stop my out of control spam issues...

not work
By ,

This plugin does not work - tons of spam coming anyway. Despite the security settings of additional fields like.

No settings do not help in this case

Great idea, doesn't work
By , for WP 3.9.2

I love the idea of not having to employ a CAPTCHA, but only discovered it was not working only after two friends tweeted me today that they were unable to leave comments. The plugin (V1.5.5) was the culprit. Moreover, 473 spamments were queued up by bots that circumvented the plugin. Sigh.

Does not work, no check box.
By , for WP 3.9.1

Just installed this but it does not display a checkbox in the latest version of WP. Will this plugin be updated any time soon?

Missed checking the stars, I give this a 1 star right now, NOT 5 star... cannot change that now!

No longer works
By , for WP 1.5.5

Ever since I updated, the box doesn't appear on posts and therefore all comments are blocked. (commenters get an error) Had to deactivate.

Another Defense Against Spammer
By , for WP 3.8.1

Who here has ever said "gee I sure love getting spam comments on my website/site blog"?

Right. No one has ever said that. Spam is super annoying, and while Akismet is pretty good at blocking spam comments from being approved G.A.S.P is a great second line of defense against spammers and spambots. It's easy to install and it's easy to use. Making people read a captcha phrase or solve a math quiz can be annoying (especially when the captcha phrase is hard to decipher, like is that a g or is that a q sometimes you just don't know).

G.A.S.P is simple plugin for people to use. They just have to check a box. No fuss. It works. End story.

Best Comment Spam Killer
By , for WP 3.8.1

I have been using Growmap for the past 3 years. Every spam protection plugin was a disaster before Growmap.

This plugin is a life saver to protect you from all of the comment spam you can receive on your site.

Plus, the plugin is smoother and more light weight than Disqus and other comment systems.

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