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Old 05-05-2015, 05:31 AM   #1
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Default PHPMailer and email spam

Hi Everyone.

I have a problem with my employer's website. Our account continues to be suspended only after a day or two. The reason being that our website seems to be sending spam email. First I thought the host was talking about our email accounts that it is hosting, but now I understand that our website, not our email server is sending emails. See this excerpt from an email from our webhost.

Please check the script of files below:


So now, at the moment, we don't have a form on our website, so we have no reason to have an email facility. I would like to disable this PHPMailer so we can at least see if this problem disappears after we disable it.

Does anyone have any advice on how I would disable it?


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Old 05-05-2015, 07:21 AM   #2
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Default Re: PHPMailer and email spam

to disable it you can just remove those files that are sending out spam.

In this case it's the one with the mailer functions:

but a better way of doing it would be like this:

first create a file called env.php
inside this file put the following code
This should tell you where your php.ini file is.

Inside that file (search for the section where functions are setup)
and add the line

disabled_functions = mail
I'm guessing that you've just installed something (in this case Wordpress) out of the box in order to get a website up and running quickly. the trouble with doing that is often you will have functions enabled that you really don't need.

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Old 05-05-2015, 07:38 AM   #3
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I really need to learn to type faster...
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