Dec 09

Remove WordPress Spam User Accounts with User Spam Remover

User Spam Remover
  • User Spam Remover
  • Rating: 5
  • WordPress Plugin: Joel Hardi
  • Price: Free
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  • On December 9, 2012
  • Last modified:December 9, 2012

Review Summary:

Free WordPress Plugin User Spam Remover helps cleanup unused user accounts in your WordPress database.

Since I opened DragonBlogger.com up to guest posting over the past few years and allowed users to register onto the site, hundreds upon hundreds of accounts have signed up but only a fraction of them actually ever submit a guest post.  This is where when I keep going to my users tab to find subscribers or contributors to sort through them it became a pain to have to sort through so many non-used accounts.

The free WordPress plugin User Spam Remover completely solves the problem and you can find it in the WordPress plugin depot.

With User Spam Remover  you simply install the plugin and set the threshold.

imageThis is the # of days before the account will be removed if it had zero activity on the site, no comments, articles or even a login in 90 days and account is removed from your WordPress database.  I typically lower this threshold to 60 days, if nobody logs in, updates their profile or submits a guest post within 60 days then they can create a new account.

This plugin will not remove any accounts that have previously published articles, it only cleans up SPAM accounts that have never contributed to your blog so you don’t have to worry about it removing former guest posters and leaving orphaned posts behind.

Makes sure you edit the User Spam Remover settings so that it logs everytime it cleans up users, this way if somebody was accidentally deleted you can recover if necessary.


It even creates a backup SQL file that you can just import into your MyPHPAdmin which will automatically restore the most recent deletion of users.  This is a great just in case some accounts needed were deleted, but in using this plugin for months I have not had it delete any accounts that were needed or ever asked about.

If you need to cleanup spam user accounts in your WordPress blog as a result of allowing anyone to register to become a guest blogger, the User Spam Remover plugin is well worth it.

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Free WordPress Plugin User Spam Remover helps cleanup unused user accounts in your WordPress database.


IT Security Manager who is also a part time technology blogger and loves all things Wordpress and Social Media

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  • http://avgjoegeek.net/ avgjoegeek

    Justin have you looked into Pie Register? It has a ton of options including the use of re-Captcha for registering. And a payment gateway so you can have people do the payment during registration? I started running it to stop the people from spamming my registration. It has been cut down dramatically! Plus I set it so I moderate (which I imagine would be a pita for a larger site) so I have to give final approval.

    • http://www.dragonblogger.com Justin Germino

      I already use a SI Captcha for registration and it redirects to Paypal for payment to sign up for guest blogger.
      These aren’t SPAM like bots, but humans who sign up and then decide never to use the account for some reason.

      Also, since all redirect to Paypal happens after the form is submitted, the account still gets created even if they never pay or cancel out of the Paypal payment part.

  • Massage Beds

    Great Plugin. If some one facing spam user problem must use this plugin.

  • Suyog

    This is very helpful for me.
    thank you..

  • Steve White

    This is a great post. thanks for sharing it with us, you’ve got some very strong ideas.

  • siva

    thanks for sharing. This is a great post. thanks for sharing it with us, you’ve got some very strong ideas.

  • http://www.benway.net JasonB

    Justin are you still running this plugin, it sounds very helpful but hasn’t been updated in a long time and the authors site seems to be down.

    • http://www.dragonblogger.com/ Justin Germino

      Yes, still running it on DragonBlogger and has been for a while. It may not be supported anymore but it still works.