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05-19-2008, 02:20 PM
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Punks Busted, the home of the Auto-MBL - a large scale ban list system, collecting data from thousands of member servers. PunksBusted is home to a thriving community of server admins encompassing all PunkBuster enabled games.

A leading anti-cheat site for PB Supported games! Punksbusted Server Browser and is a free game browser for players designed with Anti-Cheat in mind. PSB displays servers which are members of the PunksBusted anti-cheat project. For players this means you can be sure you are joining a well managed server with admins dedicated to eliminating cheaters from our games.

Auto-Master Ban List System (Auto-MBL), for game server administrators. This is a fully automated, secure, real time spooling of the Punk Buster logs directly from your server to the master database. It stops cheaters in their tracks across a large number of game servers. Read more here http://www.punksbusted.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=41

The PunksBusted MBL can be retrieved manually by admins on their website.

DOWNLOAD OF Auto-MBL FOR YOUR SERVER. It is easy! You can read all about it here: http://www.punksbusted.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=18&st=0&p=96&#entry96

You can read more about how to use it here: http://www.punksbusted.com/wiki/index.php/Category:Auto-MBL with game specific instructions... just click on your game.

To use it you'll need an active PsB (PunksBusted) Member Account, to join PsB, click HERE (http://www.punksbusted.com/cgi-bin/membership/new.cgi). We recommend you take a screen shot of your filled in application for future reference. PsB will provide assistance if you have questions, or read their documents as required.

If you're wondering, should I go to the trouble? Well, think of the lack of aggrevation you'll have trying to ban people manually. It's definitely worth it and as I've read on cheat websites, PunksBusted is feared because it works.

You can check to see if your favorite server is streaming the Auto-MBL system that quickly bans cheats by going to PunksBusted homepage and typing in your servers IP address. If they are, you'll feel good knowing that there's a great system of protection on your side. If they aren't streaming Auto-MBL, then tell them about it and get it installed. No server should go live without it.

PsB also offers a Server Browser here: http://www.punksbusted.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=1030
You can learn more about it in this forum: http://www.punksbusted.com/forums/index.php?showforum=92.

You can, from the PsB home page quickly check a players GUID to see if they are banned or not.

All games that are supported by EvenBalance are supported by PunksBusted. Also PunksBusted will offer Admins assistance for their game to keep their servers running smoothly with Punk Buster and as cheat free as possible.

Americas Army;
Battlefield 1942, 2, 2142, Vietnam;
Call of Duty, COD2, COD4;
Doom 3;
Enemy Territory, ET: Quake Wars;
F.E.A.R. Perseus Mandate;
Medal of Honor Airborne;
Need for Speed Pro Street;
Quake III Arena, Quake 4;
Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield, Vegas, Vegas 2;
Return to Castle Wolfenstein;
Soldier of Fortune II;
War Rock.


PsB News
Multiple Language Forums
Admin Forum
General Community Forum
Game Specific Forum

PsB has an appeal process that is step by step for those who think they were mistakenly banned. You can find the instructions here: {url]http://www.punksbusted.com/wiki/index.php/Appealing_A_Ban[/url}

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05-22-2008, 12:01 PM
If you're wondering if you should install and use PunksBusted, here's a thread I found on a cheat forum:

I am a little confused about this. I have used hacks in punkbuster servers with little problem. The biggest thing I have got is a 2 minute kick. However I when I played on punksbusted servers it was then when I got banned from all punksbusted servers.

So now I only play in punkbuster servers.

Whats the difference in the 2?

Does punkbuster not really ban people and just kick while punksbusted does most the banning?


PunksBusted is a third-party streaming software; after you've had a kick from a PunkBuster server - even if just a 2 minute kick - PunksBusted will automatically ban you from all servers streaming their software.

PunksBusted, is nothing to do with EvenBalance - the makers of PunkBuster. It's just an extra layer of protection some server admins use. And, runs on about 10-15% of servers - so no biggy.

So, lets start streaming PunksBusted people! Change that 10-15% to 99% and put a big thorn into the sides of these cheats!

I'm not sure why PunkBuster doesn't make a mandatory ban like PunksBusted... maybe this should be fixed too

05-23-2008, 07:23 PM
Ok, in response to my own post... (i know, i know... i'm a double, no triple poster :-\)

Even Balance (aka PunkBuster) doesn't always ban cheaters. They only do so if the cheater is using something that interferes with the operation of their software.

Quote from PunksBusted:

When Even Balance detects cheats being used that attempt to bypass or prevent PunkBuster from working correctly they may decide to prevent that GUID from playing on any PunkBuster enabled server for that game by Globally Banning it. Players who receive this message can still play on non PunkBuster enabled servers, or purchase a new copy of the game.
This year Even Balance stepped up this method of banning by introducing Hardware Bans which prevents the players PC from playing on ANY PunkBuster enabled server in ANY PunkBuster enabled game, please read the following for more details on Hardware Bans:

You can find more info here: http://www.punksbusted.com/wiki/index.php/PB_Global/hardware_Bans

05-23-2008, 09:23 PM
For Administrators just a note,

The punksBusted MBL needs to be manually updated with the Auto-MBL program.
If you dont update your server, you will be only streaming (not banning) which means that people that got caught on PunksBusted still enter your server.

So update your server as much as you can!

The Auto-MBL Software can ONLY be runned from your home pc or if your running a dedicated server, (as it needs to be installed (.EXE) on a machine with ROOT access).

08-29-2008, 12:29 PM
From: http://www.punksbusted.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=41

PunksBusted.com The internet's largest anti-cheat and most popular, Punk Buster© support web site, has officially gone live with the new Auto-Master Ban List System (Auto-MBL), for game server administrators. This is a fully automated, secure, real time spooling of the Punk Buster logs directly from your server to the master database. It stops cheaters in their tracks across a large number of game servers.

What Does this mean?

Cheaters detected by the Punk Buster software from our admin member servers, are collected, sorted and updated to the Master Ban List (MBL) automatically.
Your server's ban list is automatically updated and kept current with our automated download feature at a time and period of your choosing. A cheater caught today will not be playing within hours on all servers using the MBL, Period!
The Auto-MBL FTP updating software is available for both Windows and Linux-based servers. (Or update manually, if the auto-updating feature is not possible with your setup).
Screen shot MD5 checksums and timestamps are automatically stored in our repository, so that there will never again be a doubt as to the authenticity of a PB screen shot. It eliminates accusations of fake screen shots. PunksBusted's repository will verify it's integrity without question.

Any admin is free to manually retrieve the MBL from the PunksBusted web site. All server admins and leagues are encouraged to use the MBL, whether they are contributing members or not.

Please take some time to read more about this major step forward and explore the PunksBusted web site. Note the assistance we offer to admins to keep their servers running smoothly with Punk Buster and as cheat free as possible.

You can download the Auto-Master Ban List System (Auto-MBL) here (always read info directly from PUNKsBUSTED website):

What's New In Version 3.0

Improved PB Location Discovery
Improved FTP/Local Path test checks for other PB files now instead of only pbbans.dat.
MD5 Tool File Check Updating (NOT_FOUND settings only)
Aditional Security (Challenge/Response). Implemented to help stop bandwidth leaching.
Bandwidth Limiter - Optionally limits upload and download bandwidth used by Auto-MBL
Now handles ban changes as well as additions and removals.
Few minor bug fixes

Known Issues:

Alphanumeric characters in your password only (i.e. 0..9 and a..z) Workaround - Update your password in the members database to remove illegal characters.
Removals and Changes can be missed under certain circumstances. Workaround - Don't use Full Update unless you REALLY have to.

Added Features in NEW In Version 2.0

Configure Streaming Function - Allows you to configure your game server to stream to the Auto-MBL system.
Check Streaming Function - Allows you to see when your server last streamed to the Auto-MBL system
FTP PASV Mode Transfer Option - Allows you to use Auto-MBL with servers protected by a firewall.
Better Error Reporting - For those new to the system, Auto-MBL now returns more descriptive error codes.
Better font handling plus various other bug fixes and cosmetic changes.

09-01-2008, 09:55 PM
PsB donation drive.


Dear Fellow Members and Friends of PunksBusted,

We have an important and serious matter at hand. Many of you may have noticed the new PsB donations thermometer on the front page of the site. The thermometer is a visual representation of our current progress towards purchasing another sorely needed data server. This new server will be used to help handle the massive amounts of data that PsB must process in order to provide everyday services to you.

Many of you have asked to be notified by staff when PsB is in need financial help. That time is now. Please donate to PsB by becoming a Premium Member of the site or by purchasing ad space to display your clan banner on the site or by clicking the donate button and sending in a few dollars. Every bit helps.

We did not have a donations drive for the last server and it took 2 years to save up enough money. The cost was a whopping $5,500. That one has been in service number crunching and powering most of the services since the first of 2008. It replaced a dinosaur of a machine. Now we have a second dying dinosaur that needs to be replaced. Fortunately, the cost of this new server is less because it will mainly be used for look-ups and data storage. The cost for this one is $3,700.

Without getting too long winded here, we are asking for your help. I don’t want this to take 2 years again. Let’s make this happen in 2 months or so this time. The PsB servers need to be able to handle and keep up with the number of member servers streaming. Right now they are strained to the max. Data scan times are getting longer and longer so the time is now.

Please donate a few dollars to the cause. If you do, we will reach our goal in no time and secure a bright future for one of the best anti-cheat services on the planet. Let’s band together and make the mercury rise in the thermometer! I’ll update our total everyday so we can watch it go up!

Help make it happen. Donate today for the new server!


PunksBusted has over 11 Million GUIDs tracked (11.3M at the time of this posting) and has over 5 Thousand servers actively streaming.

We would have never gotten anywhere near these significant numbers without the work of the various mods and staff here at PsB and also the dedication and help of every server admin that has signed up for streaming. Over the years, we have tallied up more than 12,000 clans/organizations/server providers that have signed up to participate in our services. A big thanks and a high-five goes out to all those people, past and current!!

Without them, we would have never become the largest PunkBuster Anti-Cheat site out there

12-17-2011, 09:15 AM
Punksbusted has had their website down for almost a month now, and a starter site has been posted to their url stating:

"PunksBusted suffered some large technical problems with its servers and so has had to cease operations for the time being.

Everyone knows that when a cheat writer attacks an Anti-cheat site with a DDOS attack that it proves that PB and other anti-cheating services are working great. They wouldn't do it if it made no difference. They get so upset they rent a botnet to ddos a website. Pffft.

To the one childish person living in moms basement or living off mom at school. Your DDOS attack failed and had nothing to do with this outage. Psb already was for several weeks, having severe server issues. If you had checked before launching your little ddos you would have known that. So your attack failed, just as all the others launched at PsB's website over the past 15 years failed. Your DDOS wasn't any different than ones in the past. This wasn't our first rodeo."