Disable Joomla Contacts component (com_contact) in MySQL / phpMyAdmin

How-to disable Joomla’s built-in contact forms component and its ability to send a copy to the sender, directly in your MySQL database using phpMyAdmin

Often the built-in Joomla contact forms component (com_contact) is abused by spammers. These contact forms allow the sender to receive a copy of the form contents. All spammers need to do is enter the email address of the target as sender/from. This way, anyone can use the Joomla contact form for spamming anyone. This short article explains how to disable and combat this.

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Joomla websites abused as open proxy for Denial-of-Service attacks

Joomla websites using the Googlemaps plugin for Joomla are actively abused as open proxy for launching Denial-of-Service (DoS) attacks. Even though the Googlemaps plugin vulnerability plugin_googlemap2_proxy.php was released over one and a half (1,5) years ago, I still see these DoS-attacks happening on a regular basis…

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8 Tips to improve Joomla performance

Joomla ACL decision flow-chart

How to speed-up Joomla performance on Windows Server IIS: 8 important, but simple, tips to improve & speed up Joomla Add caching, gzip compression, set your sessions & optimize MySQL database functions… Provide your visitors with a blazing fast Joomla website!

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How to fix Joomla HTTP 500 errors after updates

Over the last week, at Vevida, we received quite some problem reports from customers who updated Joomla to version 3.2.0. After logging on to their administrator back-end, they received an HTTP 500.0 error with error code 0x8007000d. Let’s investigate and resolve this Joomla Administrator login HTTP 500 error.

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Grep for forensic log parsing and analysis on Windows Server IIS

How to use GnuWin32 ported tools like grep.exe and find.exe for forensic log file analysis in Windows Server. In this article I’ll give some real live examples of using these ported GnuWin tools like grep.exe for logfile analysis on Windows servers. The article provides three example, as an alternative to LogParser, because finding spam scripts fast is often very important.

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