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How to Install the CleanTalk Anti-Spam Extension in phpBB 3.1, 3.2, 3.3

Go to your Anti-Spam Dashboard

1. Make backup copies of your forum files and database.

2. Go to phpBB Administrator Panel —> CUSTOMISE. Click the link "Browse extensions database".

phpBB Anti-Spam plugin install


3. Go to the Extensions —> Anti-Spam section, find the extension "Anti-Spam by CleanTalk" and click on its name.

phpBB Anti-Spam plugin install


4. Download the archive with the Anti-Spam extension.

phpBB Anti-Spam plugin install


5. Place the downloaded archive in "/ext". Unzip the content of the archive in that folder. As the result, you will get a new folder with the Anti-Spam extension "/ext/cleantalk".

6. Go back to the tab CUSTOMISE, refresh the page. In the "Disabled Extensions" table the extension "Anti-Spam by CleanTalk" will appear. Click the string "Enable".

phpBB enable Anti-Spam plugin


7. Confirm enabling of the extension on the next page.

phpBB enable Anti-Spam plugin


8. Refresh the page after successful enabling.

phpBB enable Anti-Spam plugin


9. Go to the tab EXTENSIONS. In "ANTI-SPAM BY CLEANTALK —> Spam protection settings" section set up the extension, copy the access key from your CleanTalk Dashboard, and paste it in the "Access key" field. Then press the button "Submit".

phpBB Anti-Spam plugin options



Do a test registration or post a test comment using the blacklisted e-mail


phpBB spam block


To test if SpamFireWall is working just add /?sfw_test_ip= to your site name. Example

www.yoursitename.domain/?sfw_test_ip= (you must see blocking screen)

Attention! You should test SFW with incognito mode switched on. To enable incognito mode press Ctrl+Shift+N for Chrome, Opera and Safari browsers; press Ctrl+Shift+P for Firefox, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge. 


How to Add a Website to CleanTalk Anti-Spam Dashboard

Please, use this guide to add a website to CleanTalk Anti-Spam Dashboard:



Congratulations. The Anti-Spam is now installed!


Please go to Dashboard to see the Anti-Spam status, add new websites or manage existing ones!
Please check your inbox to get the account password.



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