Once you created your contact form using Contact Form 7 you actually may get spam and still need a Contact Form 7 Spam Protection for WordPress.

Once CleanTalk Anti-Spam plugin is installed it starts to protect all of the existing forms on your WordPress website. It may not only be Contact Form 7 contact forms but many others.

How to install Contact Form 7 Spam Protection for WordPress

To install the Anti-Spam plugin, go to your WordPress admin panel → Plugins → Add New.

Adding CleanTalk Anti-Spam plugin to your WordPress website

Then enter «СleanTalk» in the search box and click the Install button for «Spam protection, Anti-Spam, FireWall by CleanTalk».

Searching for CleanTalk Anti-Spam plugin in WordPress

After installing the plugin, click the «Activate»‎ button.

Installing and activating CleanTalk Anti-Spam plugin to protect your Contact Form 7 forms from spam

After it is done go to the plugin settings and click the «Get Access Key Automatically»‎ button. Then just click the «Save Settings»‎ button.

Configuring CleanTalk Anti-Spam plugin to protect your Contact Form 7 forms from spam

That’s it! From now your WordPress website and Contact Form 7 form are protected from spam.

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How to test your Contact Form 7(CF7) spam protection

You can check if CleanTalk Anti-Spam properly protects your Contact Form 7 from spam by using a test email s @ cleantalk.org (without spaces). First, open the form in an Incognito browser tab. Fill in all the required form fields and send a form. After submitting the form, you will see a block message about the block on the form submission.

Testing your Contact Form 7 spam protection

If you have any questions, add a comment and we will be happy to help you.

Create your Cleantalk account – Register now and enjoy while CleanTalk protects your Contact Form 7 form from spam


The protection works only for website visitors, not for website admins. Be sure to test the form protection using Incognito mode.

Update 2

Here are pros and cons of reCAPTCHA for Contact form 7.

Additional features

  • CleanTalk protects all forms at once: comments, registrations, feedbacks, contacts, reviews.
  • Installation takes about 1-2 minutes.
  • Smart 100% protection against spambots.
  • Always online – 24/7 technical support.
  • Logs, personal lists, country filters, stop-words and many another.
Contact Form 7 Spam Protection for WordPress

12 thoughts on “Contact Form 7 Spam Protection for WordPress

  • March 24, 2022 at 4:44 am

    CleanTalk seems to be letting through 75% of all spam at the moment, on my website!

    “Smart 100% protection against spambots”

  • April 16, 2022 at 2:31 pm

    I have tested it and it works. My question is, is it possible to customize that error message? I would like something non-specious like “Sorry, Please try again later” or “Server Error. We’re working to fix this” etc.

      • April 18, 2022 at 12:37 pm

        Thanks for your quick reply.

        That is awesome. I will look into it soon.

        For the past two days this tool has done a great job of block spammers. I got tired using reCaptcha and quiz challenges and it seems the persons are doing it manually or have some smart system to outsmart the two security tools.

        I set contact form to record their IPs and decided to look for a way to report them as SPAM and quick Google search brought me to your platform that has submission tool for reporting SPAM IPs and look up their report history from your database.

        To my amusement, I found all the IPs I collected have a SPAM history that dates back months and years go. I wondered why the IP providers haven’t blacklisted the IPs from use. But thank God, you have a WordPress solution that sync’s spam IPs in real-time from other websites that are using your tools. And this has helped reduce the spam to ZERO!

        • April 18, 2022 at 1:09 pm

          We are happy to stop spam for you. Let us know if you need any help.

  • January 14, 2023 at 3:15 pm

    Hi sir,
    I can’t see anymore block spam in my newsletter form!
    could you help me?

  • January 14, 2023 at 5:15 pm

    ok but there is a way to obtain a mail when mail was blocked?
    I have seen now that cleantalk blocked a legit mail

  • June 5, 2023 at 12:20 am

    This doesn’t work. I activated clean talk on my form but I can still submit spam as guest in my FORMS.



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