My first EE 1.6.8 site is coming back to haunt me. The site crashed and burned the other day. Took a look at the members in the DB and there's about 78000 spam members in there. I have access to PHPAdmin for the DB, but I don't know what I'm doing in there. Any help?

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Always backup first!

Hopefully they're all still pending. Go into phpMyAdmin query tab and run the following query to delete pending members:

DELETE FROM exp_members WHERE group_id = 'PENDING GROUP ID'

You can also run the query right from the control panel:

Admin › Utilities › SQL Manager › Database Query Form

If the site isn't setup to verify membership, you could run a query to delete all members after a certain date, specifically the day of spam and after:

DELETE FROM exp_members WHERE join_date > 'UNIXTIMESTAMP'

Use this tool to help figure out the unix timestamp. If you don't feel comfortable running the query at first, you could always run a SELECT query to confirm correct selection of members.

SELECT * FROM exp_members WHERE join_date > 'UNIXTIMESTAMP'
  • Thanks Siebird! I ran the query on exp_members for group_id that all the spam registrations had. I also ran queries for a couple other things and it was a success. Thanks for pointing me in the right direction, I didn't have any previous experience running db queries. Commented May 14, 2013 at 17:19
  • Awesome, glad you got it sorted!
    – Siebird
    Commented May 14, 2013 at 19:26

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