OK so looking at the boards I see that it is up to date Vers 3.0.10
It has the latest GD 3D CAPTCHA (that is the numbers and leters that you have to type in to register)
that is as much security that can be set as of right now with out adding another plug in to get more secure options
So changes I will make to new user registration for now:
1. User registration settings
Account activation: : By user (e-mail verification)
General options: Maximum number of login attempts per username: set to 1 (it was set to 3 before)
Registration attempts: set to 1 (it was set to 3 before)
2. Spambot countermeasures
Enable spambot countermeasures for registrations: turned on
Installed plugins: using the GD 3D CAPTCHA Image
Lets try that for now and see if that works if not take the next step and try some more
one thing I found in the support forums is all the Anti Spam support post are really old, all from 2009??
Also like I said may need to add a new Anti spam plug in but best to do one thing at at time when making changes to the
boards so not to screw things up and test out each one to see what works and does not work!
so as of now New User Registration is back on!! Hope this works to keep out the spammers!!